What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as “lipolysis” or “lipoplasty,” is a procedure that removes excess localized fat to create more slender and attractive body contours and improve bodily proportions. It can also be used to lift, shape, and enhance specific areas of the body. This procedure allows for more efficient removal of stubborn areas of fat and for more fat to be removed than with previous liposuction techniques, which provides superior enhancement. Dr. Constantino Mendieta specializes in a wide selection of liposuction procedures tailored to meet the desires of any individual.
Dr. Mendieta evaluates each patient’s condition to determine the best techniques that will produce optimal results, and he customizes the procedure to meet their unique needs and desires. Liposuction can be used to remove fat from almost any area of the body, including the:
- Hips and flanks
- Inner and outer thighs
Because everyone’s body is different, the appropriate liposuction method for each patient will depend on individual anatomy. This procedure requires small incisions to be made in the treatment area for a closed system suction cannula (thin metal tube) apparatus to be inserted. Once the fluid injection technique to be used is determined and injected, one of the assisted liposuction techniques will be used to remove the fat.
Fluid Injection Techniques
A medicated solution is injected into the targeted area that helps reduce swelling, bleeding, bruising, and recovery time while allowing a more considerable amount of fat to be removed. The name of each fluid injection liposuction technique is based on the amount of fluid injected.
The amount of fluid injected is less than the amount of fat that will be removed.
The amount of fluid injected equals the amount of fat that will be removed.
The amount of fluid injected is more than the amount of fat that will be removed.
Assisted Liposuction Techniques
Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
Th UAL technique utilizes a sound wave generator attached to a sterile handpiece with a titanium rod. The handpiece vibrates at a very high pitch to liquefy the fat just beyond the end of the rod, making the fat easy to remove with low-pressure suctioning.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
The PAL technique utilizes a motorized liposuction cannula that quickly moves back and forth to penetrate the tissue and easily remove fat cells.
Because of the technological advances in liposuction techniques, this procedure is gentler and results in less swelling and bruising than traditional liposuction methods. Some swelling will be apparent for up to two weeks, and your body will begin to take on its new shape within four to six weeks.
You should be able to resume your regular exercise routine in 7 to 10 days. It is recommended that you slowly ease your body into more strenuous activities, such as weightlifting.
After about three months, the final results will become apparent, and patients will have a more slender and sculpted body. The fat cells are permanently eliminated, and liposuction patients are commonly quite satisfied with the outcome and experience a boost in self-confidence. The results of liposuction are considered permanent as long as a patient remains dedicated to a healthy and active lifestyle. Extreme weight fluctuations can compromise or even reverse the effects of liposuction.
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of liposuction surgery depends on several factors, including the extent of correction, techniques used, surgical fees, anesthesia fees, and geographical location. The exact cost of your liposuction procedure will be determined during your private consultation.
What are the risks associated with liposuction?
Complications that result from liposuction surgery are rare. Some of the common risks associated with any cosmetic surgical procedure include:
- Impaired healing
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
Will I have scarring after liposuction?
While the incisions used for liposuction are minuscule, patients who undergo liposuction may experience minor scarring afterward. Dr. Mendieta is careful to place all surgical incisions in discreet areas of the body so that they may be easily concealed with clothing and bathing suits. Additionally, any scars are likely to fade over time.
What type of anesthesia is used during liposuction?
While both general anesthesia and local anesthesia are available, liposuction is typically performed using local anesthesia. For your safety, you also want to ensure you are working with a board-certified anesthesiologist, regardless of the type of anesthesia chosen.