Procedure: Fat deposits are removed with a tube and vacuum device to improves body shape. It can be performed using the tumescent technique where targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. For larger volumes of fat or for fibrous body areas, ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) may be used. UAL is a technique where an ultrasound probe is inserted beneath the skin to liquify the fat before it is suctioned out.
Length: 1 to 2 hours or more. UAL: 20-40 percent longer than traditional liposuction.
Anesthesia: Local, epidural or general.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Some people make require a short inpatient stay.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation. Tumescent: Temporary fluid drainage from incision sites. UAL: Larger incisions for cannula.
Risks: Asymmetry. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Pigmentation changes. Skin injury. Fluid retention. Excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Infection. UAL: thermal burn injury caused by the heat from the ultrasound device.
Recovery: 1 to 2 weeks: Back to Work
2 to 4 weeks: Strenuous activity
1 to 6 months: Full recovery from swelling and bruising:
Duration of Results: Permanent, dependent on diet and exercise