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Treatment Spotlight: All About Liposuction

Treatment Spotlight: All About Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. Last year more than 200,000 men and women received liposuction in the US. In general, this is a high satisfaction procedure with low downtime.

One of the common misconceptions about liposuction is that you can use liposuction as a means to lose weight. This is incorrect. In fact, the best candidates for liposuction are people who are at or near their ideal weight and have stubborn areas of fat deposits.

For example, women with pear-shaped bodies will have small amounts of fat deposited in the hip area even though they have a flat stomach and very thin arms. In the apple shaped body people may have thinner legs but hold fat deposits in the abdominal or flank areas.   Even though there are fat deposits in specific areas, these body types are not able to lose more weight, but still have fat deposits in the hip and buttocks area. In order to decrease these deposits liposuction is a realistic and common choice. Other possibilities for liposuction include the arms, around the knee, and the neck.

Something that has been in the media a lot recently is liposuction of the stomach area to make the muscles of the stomach more defined. This is also possible.

Most liposuction procedures need to be done in an outpatient surgical facility, but small areas can be performed in the office under tumescent local anesthesia.  There is usually some bruising and tenderness of the area for one to three weeks afterwards.

During recovery, you will wear compression garments to keep the swelling down and give you the best results as soon as possible. Most people can return to work in about a week if their job is not strenuous.

If you would like to be evaluated for liposuction procedure at our Reno plastic surgery office, please make an appointment. I would be happy to examine you and let you know if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

~ Dr. Timothy Janiga

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