Liposuction is a powerful technique to address stubborn areas of fat that are not conducive to weight loss and exercise. Many women experience this in the abdomen, arms, legs, waist, neck or knees. The procedure involves the use of tiny incisions and cannulas to suck out the excess fat. Downtime is minimal and results are gratifying.
1. What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?
Liposuction is a noninvasive (no skin incision and no long scars) procedure that focuses on removal of fat, but does not address excess skin. Liposuction does not address abdominal wall laxity, or diastasis recti. In some patients, it is safe to combine liposuction with an abdominoplasty, depending on where excess fat resides.
2. How do I know if I am a good candidate for the procedure?
This operation is great for women who have great skin tone and texture, but who are looking to get rid of stubborn areas of fat in the abdomen, thighs, flanks, back, and arms.
3. How long does the surgery take? What is the recovery like?
On average, this surgery can take several hours (2-4). I recommend overnight hospital observation if a large amount of liposuction is to be performed. Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort for several days following surgery, and are back to their activities of daily living in about a week. Patients are in compression garments to reduce swelling and aid in shaping for several weeks after the procedure.
4. Where is the scar?
Small puncture scars are usually hidden in creases or discrete areas and are not easily visible once healed.
5. What is the difference between Liposuction, Coolsculpting, and Kybella?
All of these procedures are different methods of fat removal. Liposuction is direct removal by physically breaking up and sucking out the fat. Coolsculpting is an office-based therapy in which the fat is re-absorbed by the body via cryolypolysis, or freezing. Kybella is an injectable enzyme that breaks down the fat through a chemical reaction. Kybella is currently only FDA-approved to be used in a small area under the chin. Coolsculping and Kybella require several in-office treatments spaced weeks to months apart. Liposuction is usually done in an outpatient surgical facility or hospital as a single treatment.