What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is an incredibly versatile body contouring treatment that can eliminate stubborn pockets of fat from almost any area of the body, including the buttocks, hips, love handles, thighs, calves, back, arms, breasts, and neck. It can also be combined with other procedures to create optimal results.
Who is a Candidate?
Individuals who have areas of stubborn fat that cannot be eliminated by diet and exercise can benefit from liposuction. Ideal candidates should have minimal saggy skin, be within 20 pounds of their ideal weight and be physically healthy. Those who are planning on significant weight loss or pregnancy in the future should wait to receive liposuction. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss solution for those who are obese.
Traditional liposuction uses a small, blunt-tipped tube called a cannula which is inserted through small incisions in the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth under the skin to target fatty deposits, which are then suctioned out. Tumescent Liposuction is the most commonly used technique. It entails the use of a “wetting solution” made of a local anesthetic and other medications in fluids which are injected before the procedure to shrink or constrict blood vessels.
For a small area, liposuction can be done under local anesthesia with minimal blood loss and post surgical pain. We use this technique for limited area liposuction in clinic, such as for chin liposuction. For larger areas, it is done with sedation or general anesthesia as a day surgery. Occasionally, Dr Fichadia will suggest using the fat she removes to enhance your natural curves by injecting the fat back in your buttocks (Brazilian Butt lift) or breasts (breast augmentation by fat grafting).
Results and Recovery
You will be discharged in 1-2 hours after your surgery. Compression garments should be worn to help diminish swelling and support your new body contours. For the first two weeks, straining, lifting, and bending over should be avoided. Most patients can return to work within a few days, though recovery will vary from patient to patient depending on the amount of fat removed. It can take several months for the swelling to fully subside and final results to be visible.
If you are interested in learning about your liposuction options in Portland, OR, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fichadia.