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Lipoplasty = Liposuction

Lipoplasty, commonly referred to as liposuction, is used to remove isolated pockets of fat in men and women who are of relatively normal weight. The isolated pockets of fat are sometimes an inherited trait that have little response to dieting or exercise. Lipoplasty works to eliminate these disproportionate appearances. The localized areas of excess fat may appear in your upper arms, breast or chest areas, back, abdomen and waist, hips and buttocks, inner and outer thighs, inner knee, calves and ankles, or cheeks, jowls and neck. Some people may simply desire contouring of an area.

Lipoplasty should not be used for a weight loss mechanism or is it an effective treatment for cellulite. A personal consultation will help you understand what results can be achieved. Not everyone will have the same result from lipoplasty. During the consultation you will discuss the areas you wish to improve with the plastic surgeon. Your medical history will also be considered when speaking with your plastic surgeon. Diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, as well as any previous surgeries or medical treatments should be disclosed. Your current weight and future weight plans can be factors in evaluating your liposuction.

Fat is removed from the desired areas by inserting a small, hollow tube called a cannula, through one or more tiny incisions near the area to be suctioned. The incisions are less than one-quarter inch in length and are placed as inconspicuously as possible. The cannula is connected by tubing to a vacuum pressure unit, and is guided by the surgeon to vacuum out the unwanted fat. Prior to performing the lipoplasty, fluid is instilled in to the areas to be suctioned. Introducing large amounts of fluid using a “tumescent” technique, or a “dry” technique, or other variations can be used by the plastic surgeon. Other options can involve the type of instruments used or how deep the suctioning goes.

Liposuction will reduce the areas with unflattering bulges by reducing the areas of fatty deposits. Fluid retention following the surgery, along with prolonged swelling, can extend the time it takes to expose the final results. Results of a lipoplasty are very gradual but once they are apparent touchups can be made to further improve an area. The results are permanent assuming you remain at basically the same weight. If a few pounds are gained, you may find that instead of the weight building up in the problem areas that were treated it is more evenly distributed.

Lipoplasty is a surgical procedure that carries potential risks and complications with it. Bleeding, infections, and reactions to anesthesia may occur. Blood accumulations under the skin are possible, but normally it resolves itself and doesn’t require removal. After lipoplasty there may be a numbness of the skin that is almost always a temporary sensation.

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In this site you will find information on liposuction procedures, as well as the proper resources for an interested consumer to find a board certified liposuction doctor in your area. Many men and women choose to undergo liposuction surgery for various reasons. This procedure is a solution to eliminate isolated areas of fat that make a body appear uneven or disproportionate in shape. It is important to find a qualified, board certified plastic surgeon because as with any procedure, there are many risks and potential complications that can be avoided if the proper care is administered. Choosing a doctor that has not been board certified puts you at risk for complication and will not guarantee optimal results. To find a board certified liposuction doctor in your area, please click here.

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