What Happens During Liposuction?

Muscle strong stripped male model shirtless in denim jeansLiposuction is a very popular procedure, and for good reason. It is a safe, quick, and effective way to get rid of stubborn fat that you can’t seem to get rid of on your own with diet and exercise. Are you considering liposuction? Here is some more information!

What Is Liposuction?

The procedure for liposuction is simple. Intravenous sedation and local anesthesia are used instead of general anesthesia, which means added safety, a faster recovery, and no pain while liposuction is being performed. A metal tube (called a “cannula”) is inserted through the fatty tissue. An ultrasonic generator or a laser may be used to break up the fat cells, and then the fat is sucked out.

Liposuction is not the right treatment for you if you have a lot of fat to get rid of; it is used more to remove pockets of fat and to tone and contour specific parts of the body, such as the hips, buttocks, thighs, stomach, upper arms, and the neck. However, it can be used on almost any part of the body.

After the procedure, there may be some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. It can take some time to really see the results of liposuction (especially since it can take time for the swelling to go down), but the results are permanent – just make sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep from regaining weight!

There are some things you can do ahead of time before your procedure to help ensure a faster recovery:

  • Quit smoking. You should stop at least 2 weeks before your liposuction appointment.
  • Ask for help. You will be sore, so it might be a good idea to arrange to have a friend or family member stay with you for about a day or so after the procedure to help you out around the house.
  • Avoid the sun. Stay out of the sun starting about 2 weeks beforehand.

Liposuction can get rid of those extra bits of fat that just won’t go away no matter what you do! If you are interested in liposuction, contact Alfonso Barrera Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Call the Houston office at (713) 468-5200 today!

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