If you have unwanted fat on your body, you are certainly not alone. Liposuction is becoming more and more popular as people realize that they can do something about the shape of their bodies. Diet and exercise are the best ways to reduce fat and improve body appearance, but sometimes there are pockets of fat that remain unchanged despite your best efforts. Liposuction can be used on the abdomen, around the waist, at the hips, thighs, back, love handles, saddle bags, inner knees, calves, ankles, arms, and neck.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure used to sculpt the body by removing areas of extra fatty tissue. It is then necessary for your skin to shrink down to the smaller contour that Dr. Fryer has created for you. Your skin’s natural elasticity will help in this process. The presence of stretch marks or rolls of skin may mean that your skin may be unable to shrink sufficiently. In that event a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), arm lift (brachioplasty), or thigh lift may be a more appropriate procedure. Dr. Fryer can help you make those decisions and will individualize your treatment plans to help you achieve the beauty and confidence you desire.
Salt Lake City plastic surgeon Dr. Fryer will listen to your concerns and expectations to help you decide if liposuction is your best option. Liposuction should not be perceived as a method of loosing weight. In fact, you should be at or near your target weight before you have liposuction so that your results are longer lasting and in harmony with the rest of your body. After treatment, you can expect a more flattering physique and a better fit for clothing.
Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis in our Salt Lake City facility. General anesthesia is usually used for your safety and comfort. Small suction tubes (cannulas) are inserted through very short incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits, and excess fat is removed. For your safety, we limit the amount of fat that can be removed in one operation to about five liters. Overly-aggressive liposuctioning and removal of too much fat can cause skin dimpling, waviness, and contour irregularities.
You will return home with a compression garment covering the treated areas. Compression is advised for about a month, as it helps reduce swelling after liposuction. Compression garments also help your skin to shrink back normally and avoid skin irregularities and fluid collections. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Bruising and swelling usually subside in 2 to 4 weeks, and the final result takes shape over 2 to 3 months.
The specific risks and the suitability of liposuction can be determined only during your free consultation with Salt Lake City plastic surgeon Dr. Fryer. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, but major complications are rare.
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