Liposculpture (or suction-assisted lipectomy) has become one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed by plastic surgeons today. Proven safety, minimal scarring and outstanding results have made it the preferred method for removing fat from the hips, thighs, buttocks and midriff as well as areas of the face, neck, arms and back. Liposuction is not an alternative to weight reduction but can be very effective in removing fat from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise programs. Suction-assisted lipectomy can be performed in our office out-patient surgical suite under local or general anesthesia. A narrow tube (cannula) is inserted into a small incision made in an inconspicuous place. Dr. Hardaway then manipulates the cannula, which is connected to a strong vacuum, breaking up fatty areas and suctioning out the fat. Many refinements in liposuction such as the tumescent technique and ultrasonic liposuction have helped to enhance the final result.
Liposuction of the chin, also known as submental liposuction, neck liposuction, or lipectomy, removes fatty deposits from areas around the chin and neck. Liposuction of the chin can improve the contour of the chin and jawline, get rid of a double chin or unwanted fullness underneath the chin, and make the face appear thinner overall.
Chin liposuction is often combined with other procedures such as a neck lift or facelift, to remove lose skin and contour all areas of the face. Typically, those who are in their twenties through early fifties have better skin elasticity, which is necessary for the skin to contract smoothly after liposuction, and are good candidates for the procedure. Dr. Hardaway performs all of these services at her AAAASF certified surgical suite.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient will be able to go home after surgery. The patient is under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation (twilight anesthesia) for the procedure. Small incisions are made near the areas of treatment and a very thin tube called a cannula is inserted under the skin to reach fat deposits. The cannula is attached to a vacuum, and the doctor will move the tube under the skin, to suction out fatty deposits. The fat can also be inserted into other areas of the body, to help contour and shape other areas. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so hospitalization is not required. Patients should plan on having someone to drive them home from the procedure.
Liposuction is an outpatient treatment, so no hospital stay is required, unless the patient has a medical history that requires hospitalization. Swelling and bruising are normal after the procedure. A compression garment is required after surgery. Patients can normally return to work several days after the procedure, depending on the physical intensity of the job. Normal physical activity can be resumed when cleared by the doctor, normally two to three weeks after surgery. Do not resume normal physical activity or return to work until cleared by the doctor.
Results from liposuction lasts for many years, as the fat is removed from the body. However, natural processes such as weight gain, aging, factors from pregnancy, and other lifestyle factors, including genetics, can cause variations. It is important to maintain a stable weight and to exercise after surgery to ensure the longevity of the results. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen will help the results last longer. If you are in the process of losing weight, it is best to be near or at your weight loss goal before having the procedure done. Following the doctor’s specific instructions after surgery will help the results from your procedure last as long as possible. This will ensure the best and longest lasting results from the procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with liposuction. The most common risks include bruising and swelling after the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection if not taken care of properly. Blood clots and nerve damage are other risks from the procedure, but are uncommon. Strictly following the doctor’s instructions for aftercare can help decrease the chance of these risks.