Liposuction, also known as aspiration lipectomy, is a procedure to remove excess fat through a suctioning process. While women mostly seek this treatment, the improved contours and trimmer physique created by liposuction is becoming increasingly popular with men. This procedure permanently removes fat deposits from the:
- Upper arms
The accumulation of fat in the body can be hereditary or result from significant life changes or weight fluctuations. Often, these troublesome areas are not targeted by diet and exercise alone.
Who is a Suitable Candidate of Liposuction?
To be an appropriate candidate for liposuction, you should have the following characteristics:
- Be in good health, without active diseases or acute pre-existing medical conditions
- Have realistic expectations of the results of the surgery
- An adult within 30 percent of your ideal weight
- Firm and elastic skin and a good muscle tone
Liposuction is not used for treating obesity, and it is not a substitute for exercise and proper diet. It is also not an effective way to treat cellulite.
You may not be a suitable candidate for liposuction if you are a smoker, have quit smoking recently, or if you are exposed to secondary smoke. These can lead to prolonged healing of wounds, increased scarring, skin loss, infection, and several other complications depending on the technique being done.
Tiny incisions are made in or near the area where the fat is to be removed. Sometimes, the incisions are so small that no post-operative sutures are needed. An appropriately sized cannula – a small, hollow-tipped tube – is inserted through the incision to loosen the excess fat. This fat is then removed using a surgical vacuum.
Preparing for Liposuction
Doctor Wendell Perry will give you specific instructions on how you should prepare for surgery. You will receive a pre-operative information packet that explains everything you should know and do before your surgery. He will also give you guidelines for eating, drinking and smoking, and which medications and vitamins you should take or avoid.
You will need to find someone to drive you home after surgery as well as stay with you for 24 hours afterward to ensure there are no complications.
Benefits of Liposuction
Liposuction offers many benefits including:
- Safe fat removal
- Reduction of cellulite or improvement of cellulite appearance
- Improved health associated with fat loss
- Changes in appearance and how others perceive you
- It boosts your self-esteem
- Sculpting in areas that seem not to benefit from exercise and diet
Liposuction is a safe procedure with minimal risks. It helps you to get body contouring that may not have been possible to achieve from exercise and diet. Contact Dr. Wendell Perry today to schedule a consultation.