Liposuction

Introduction:

Liposuction slims and reshapes areas of the body by removing fatty deposits. This can improve body contours, proportion and enhance your figure.

 

Procedure:

You may choose to have this done with “Local “ anesthesia.

Oral medications are given before the procedure to relax and put you in a hypnotic state. After being taken in to the operating room lidocaine is used in the areas to be suctioned to make the areas numb. This is similar to when the dentist makes your teeth numb before the procedure. General anesthesia is available if you prefer. Dr. Warfel will recommend which is best for you.

After the medication has begun to work, one or more small incisions will be made to allow Dr. Warfel to allow insertion of special blunt canulaes. Then a sterile fluid which reduces bleeding and provides anesthesia will be injected in the areas where the fat will be removed. Then a blunt tube called a ‘cannula’ will be inserted through the incisions and the fat will be gently suctioned out of the body. The incisions are so small they do not need stitches and patients can return home the same day with a follow up visit scheduled in a few days.

 

Recovery:

After your procedure you will be placed in a compression garment which will reduce the amount of swelling and also serves to compress the skin to your new contours. These new contours will become more evident as your body heals and the swelling dissipates. You can expect to drain fluid from the incisions for the first 24 – 48 hours. It is recommended that you prepare for this by stocking up on “Maxi-pads” which can be placed over the incisions to absorb the fluid. These can be changed as needed. Also do not forget to protect your bed and furniture from this drainage. You may choose to use “Wee Wee Pads” or plastic sheeting. Adult diapers can also be helpful. After 24 hours you may shower , but no baths for 2 weeks.

 

The “Girdle rules”

You must wear the compression garment as much as possible (take off for showers) for the first 3 weeks. After that, you should take it off at night, but continue to wear the garment during the day for an additional 3 weeks. After that (At 6 weeks) do not wear the garment any more as it will result in weakening your abdominal muscles . Isometric leg lifts and sit ups can help counteract this effect.