Liposuction is a procedure meant to sculpt the body and eliminate excess pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise alone. It can be used on almost any area of the body, including the buttocks, hips, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts, back, arms, neck, and more. Liposuction is often combined with other cosmetic procedures for optimal results.
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Individuals who have stubborn pockets of fat that just will not go away with diet and exercise can often benefit from liposuction. Ideal candidates will have a minimal amount of excess skin and good skin elasticity, be no more than 20 pounds overweight and be overall healthy with realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Cusimano is the first step towards your liposuction procedure.
During the liposuction procedure, small incisions will be created in the skin and a small, thin tube called a cannula will be inserted through them. These tubes are moved under the skin to target fat and suction them out. There are multiple techniques used today to perform liposuction.
Tumescent Liposuction: uses a “wetting solution” which a local anesthetic that is injected during the operation once under anesthesia, causing blood vessels to constrict. This results in less blood loss and reduces post-surgical pain and bleeding.
Suction-Assisted Liposuction: is the most traditional form of liposuction, and draws fat out using a surgical vacuum.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction: uses ultrasound energy that is transmitted through a special handpiece to loosen and melt fat, allowing a larger area of fat to be treated.
Laser-Assisted Liposuction: uses a laser to loosen and melt the excess fat for easier fat removal.
Power-Assisted Liposuction: Uses a vacuum to draw fat out of the body, with the addition of a tool to increase the motion of the cannula for quicker treatment.
The liposuction technique that is best for you can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Cusimano.
What to Expect After Liposuction
Following your liposuction procedure, you may have tubes to help collect excess fluids. Redness and swelling may occur, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Bruising will typically disappear within 7-10 days, while swelling may persist for a few months. Patients usually return to work within a few days of their procedure. Dr. Cusimano will give you specific post-op instructions to follow to ensure optimal results.