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To learn more about liposuction, we recommend the article Liposuction Primer, written by one of our surgeons.
Liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure for both men and women. It has wide applicability to many body surfaces. Some of the sites for liposuction include the thighs, abdomen, flanks, arms, back and chin.
If you have unwanted bulges that do not respond to diet and exercise you may be interested in liposuction. Liposuction is not the right procedure for everyone; it might work if you:
- Are healthy and fairly fit
- Have elastic skin
- Are at least 18 years of age
- Have realistic expectations about the procedure
- Your weight is relatively normal based on your height and bone structure
Liposuction is best used to spot treat areas of fat deposition which are out of proportion with your figure.
Your Liposuction Procedure
It is performed under a sedative anesthetic as an outpatient. The areas to be treated are marked and injected with a dilute anesthetic solution which allows the fat to be removed with minimal discomfort and blood loss. Small incisions are used to access the areas to be treated and these are placed in skin folds where they are easily hidden.
After surgery, the treated areas are wrapped in a compressive garment. These should be worn for up to a month to maximize the result and minimize the risk of swelling. After the garments are discontinued, return to regular exercise activity can resume. The most gratifying part of the experience is that these bulges will not return if your weight is maintained.
Procedures you may wish to combine with liposuction are:
- Tummy tuck surgery – abdominoplasty can be performed in conjunction with liposuction.
- Facelift – if you have liposuction performed on your chin, you may choose to undergo a facelift procedure as well.
If you would like to learn more about liposuction, please read our Questions About Liposuction page.
If you are interested in having liposuction or additional body contouring procedures, please contact one of our experienced Chattanooga plastic surgeons today to set up an initial consultation in Tennessee.
Smoking greatly increases the risk of complications after surgery. To ensure optimal results, the Plastic Surgery Group advises that smokers quite smoking one month before surgery and not resume after. For more information please read the article Smoking and Plastic Surgery.