If you’re searching for information about ‘liposuction denver,’ we can help. At Robinson Cosmetic Surgery, we offer liposuction as a form of body contouring around the neckline, arms, torso, and other areas of the body where you want to remove stubborn fat for a slimmer appearance.
Liposuction (formally known as lipectomy) is designed to remove areas of diet-resistant fat. It is not a weight reduction operation. Rather, it is used to contour the body. The contouring involves removing fat deposits that are genetically determined and typical, such as the love handles on men’s sides or saddlebags on women’s hips and thighs. Liposuction can even be used in the face to remove the fat under the chin.
At Robinson Cosmetic Surgery, cosmetic consultations are always free of charge. Give our office a call to day to learn if liposuction is right for you:
Lipectomy Procedure Information
Variations on the technique include micro-size suction cannulas to minimize distortions, ultrasonic vibrations (Vaser Liposuction) to break up the fat, and even lasers to heat the skin for extra shrinkage. The most important commonality is ‘directed’ fat removal and good postoperative compression.
The operation for body liposuction may be performed under a local anesthetic, an IV sedation, or a general anesthetic. The operation can last from one to three hours, depending on the number and size of areas to be treated. Before surgery, contour lines are drawn on the patient to guide the fat removal.
The incisions are very small and usually hidden in folds or under swimsuit lines. Tumescent solution is then slowly infused into the fat layer to cause swelling in the tissue. Then the suction cannulas are inserted to remove the fat. If the ultrasonic liposuction technique is used then the ultrasonic wand is inserted first to break up the fat and then the suction cannula is inserted to remove the fat. When the surgery is completed, a supportive, compression garment is placed to maintain pressure over the treated regions.
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The recovery period has several stages. During the first few days there will be drainage from the small incisions. It will be bloody at first and then progress to a clear pink/yellow solution. During the first week, some discomfort and itching from wearing the support garment will occur. Soreness of the underlining muscles and bruising will take several weeks to resolve. The bruising will first show as purple streaks. These streaks will fade to a greenish-yellow color over the next two to three weeks. Most patients are instructed to wear the support garment during the second week, but it can be removed for showering and washing the garment.
All patients experience some lumpy texture to the areas treated by liposuction. This texture is from the contraction of the scar layer in the plane of the liposuction. Massage and time resolves this lumpiness over the three months following surgery.
Nausea can occur after surgery, sometimes caused by the anesthetics and strong pain relief medicines and may be reduced by preceding each pain pill with a small amount of food (e.g. soda crackers or foods that you can see through; initially avoid dairy products). On the first post-operative day, if you don’t feel like eating, don’t force yourself to eat. Take the pain pill with repeated sips of clear liquids that you can tolerate, e.g. ‘flat’ 7-Up, ginger ale, water, apple juice, etc. Call our office if you do not feel better, or if repeated vomiting is a problem.
Minor complications include asymmetry (unevenness), contour irregularity, discoloration, numbness, and prolonged soreness. More serious but rare complications include: infection, bleeding, and collection of fluid under the skin. Though complications usually do not occur, you should be aware that they are possible.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and help you the first 24 hours.
- Stop smoking for at least two weeks prior to and two weeks after surgery because smoking constricts blood vessels. Permanent smoking cessation is best.
- Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C, in four divided doses, daily beginning the week before surgery.
- Do not take any aspirin, ibuprofen, blood-thinning medications, or vitamin E two weeks before surgery, unless otherwise directed by your surgeon.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery (or as your anesthesiologist directs). If you are prone to be nauseated, consult with your surgeon about medications you can take before surgery.
- Call if you have any questions about the surgery.
- Weight reduction, if necessary, should be done in a reasonable manner prior to any surgery.
- Eat a balanced diet following surgery. If you are experiencing nausea and vomiting, take only clear liquids. If nausea and vomiting persist, after taking prescribed anti-nausea medication, then call our office.
- Wear the support garment as directed, usually all the time for the first week. The second week, the garment should be worn all the time, except for showering and cleaning the garment.
- Do not lift anything heavier than ten pounds for two weeks. Keep activity simple although walks may begin three days after surgery. Do not overdo it. Do not begin vigorous work outs until after the fourth week following surgery, and if you have any questions about an activity, ask your doctor.
- Take 1,000 mg of Vitamin C, in four 250 mg doses, daily for six weeks following surgery.
- Begin massaging the areas two weeks after surgery or as directed.
- Shower only. Do not sit in a bath for the first two weeks following surgery.
- Call if:
- excessive pain is unrelieved with medication.
- temperature is greater than 101.0° F by mouth.
- swelling is asymmetric (uneven).
- nausea and vomiting persist.
- severe redness occurs.
- Take medications as directed.
History of Liposuction
Six decades after the first attempt at liposuction in France, liposuction officially was developed by a surgeon, Yves-Ge’rard Illouz, MD in 1982. His technique using a blunt cannula (means “little reed”) was performed at Saint Louis Hospital in Paris, France. The Illouz Method has revolutionized body contouring as it allows for removal of fat with minimal risk and deformity, including less bleeding, less nerve and blood vessel damage, less recovery time, and greater ease for the surgeon to manipulate the cannula for fat removal.
Liposuction is now one of the most common operations performed in the United States and Europe. It was made safer by California dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Klein who developed the tumescent technique in 1985. The tumescent technique involves swelling the fat layer with physiologic saline solution to control bleeding and discomfort. Next, the predetermined, desired amount of fat tissue is removed.
Get the Facts About Safe Removal of Body Fat
Be aware that liposuction by itself is not a means of weight loss. Proper diet, rest and exercise can not be substituted or neglected. Always consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon about any cosmetic procedure. There are a lot of risky alternatives out there. Get the facts and be a strong advocate for your own health and safety. Please call our office to schedule a free cosmetic consultation with Denver cosmetic surgeon Dr. Randolph Robinson.