Liposuction is a very common procedure. It is used to slim the body and sculpt the figure. Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as a body lift, thigh lift, tummy tuck, breast lift and liposuction lift. It improves self esteem and aids in weight loss. Liposuction is often used for areas of the body that are difficult to slim down, such as the hips, thighs, abdomen and buttocks.
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People who have spent a lot of energy trying to lose weight through diet and exercise and are finding certain areas of their body are just not responding, liposuction is a good option. Liposuction is designed to slim the problem areas and enhance the body's contour, creating a more polished look. Individuals who are at a stable weight, have limited excess fat, firm, elastic skin and minimal wrinkling benefit the most from liposuction.
Liposuction surgery takes approximately one to three hours to complete, depending on what is being done. The doctor uses local or general anesthesia during liposuction surgery. Both the traditional liposuction methods and the power-assisted method are used for the procedure. A tiny incision is made in which a small tube called a cannula is inserted. The cannula breaks up the fat layers and then suctions it out. The incision is made to be as inconspicuous as possible.
Recovery for liposuction has most people returning to work in three to six days. Normal activities can be resumed three to six weeks following surgery. Bruising, swelling or any discomfort is often experienced for about a week after liposuction surgery and then begins to subside.