Liposuction, also known as Liposculpture (Lipoplasty) is a procedure designed to remove localized deposits of fat and create an improved body contour and shape. Liposuction patients often have fat accumulated on their hips, stomach, thighs, or knees, despite proper exercise and diet. Others are upset with small fatty deposits on their face and neck or are seeking a smoother profile. It is now possible to achieve a sculptured, more proportionate body and eliminate your hard-to-lose fat through liposuction, a proven cosmetic plastic surgery procedure.
Liposuction selectively removes fat only from those areas where you desire reduction. This procedure provides Dr. Funt’s liposuction patients with permanent results since the actual fat cells are removed. Following liposculpture, the body will have less fat in the treated areas. Liposculpture is not a cure for obesity. Liposculpture should not be used as a weight reduction method because weight may still be gained in the area treated (but usually only in proportion to the rest of your body).
Diet can increase or decrease the amount of fat in each cell, but will not affect your total number of cells or their location. Dieting is not selective and will not reduce the fat cells in the area you may want to reduce—for example, the thighs, stomach or hips.
Liposuction is a trusted procedure used often on both women and men to remove fat deposits from virtually any area of the body. In fact, liposuction is becoming increasingly popular for minor breast reduction in both women and men.
Many of Dr. Funt’s liposuction patients are pleasantly surprised by how quick and easy their recovery goes. After the procedure, you will experience some discomfort for a few days and will be given medication as necessary. There is usually little discomfort, but you will be given a prescription for pain medication should you need it. Sutures are absorbed by the body and do not need to be removed.
Patients are placed in a support garment immediately after their liposuction surgery. This garment will be worn night and day for one to three weeks. You will be given instructions to follow including deep breathing exercises, diet, bandage care, bathing, showering, driving and exercising.
You will see the reduction in your fatty bulges, though it may take two to four months after your procedure for the swelling to completely disappear. In most individuals, liposculpture scars are about three to four millimeters in length and are barely visible.
Five percent of men and women have secondary liposculpture or a “touch-up” after six months, most frequently for removal of additional fat. You will be happiest with your procedure if you recognize that it will take several months for the appearance of your final, new sculpted look.