One of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas such as the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms that have not responded to diet and exercise. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used and the procedure can last anywhere from one to five hours depending on the amount of fat being removed.
There are several different methods the doctors at Angel Plastic Surgery use when performing liposuction, including tumescent liposuction and ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL).
In all types, a tiny incision is made in an inconspicuous location, and an anesthetic solution is put into the fatty tissue. An ultrasound treatment is then given to soften the fatty layer and break up the tissues. Then a small cannula is inserted through the same tiny incision into the fat layer and suctions out the fat.
Recovery from liposuction is relatively quick and most patients feel up to returning to light duty within 2-7 days.