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Liposuction Overview

Liposuction is a body contouring, procedure indicated for the removal of stubborn fat deposits. The preferred areas for treatment are those that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is a poor option for patients in Salt Lake City or Ogden who are significantly overweight, and a stable weight is important. The best candidates have good skin tone, as those with poor tone can end up with irregularities and loose skin. This technique has been a popular means of treating these unwanted fat deposits since around 1980. It has remained the most popular plastic surgical procedure nearly every year of the past decade.

The technique uses narrow metal tubes to aspirate (suck out) the unwanted fat. In some cases, ultrasound energy is applied to the fat to make it easier to suck out. Small incisions are necessary to access these areas, and generally a numbing solution is injected prior to the procedure to simplify removal of the fat and to decrease the postoperative pain and bruising and swelling. The volumes of fat removed are recorded and compared from side to side to assist with leaving a symmetric and smooth contour. Because this procedure requires substantial experience and an excellent 3D appreciation for the anatomy, the most critical aspect of treatment is the surgeon performing the procedure. It is definitely much more “about the Indian and less about the arrow.” It takes significant experience and great care to leave a smooth and even contour of the treated area. The equipment used is much less important

Popular Alternatives

LipoDissolve™ involves the injection of a substance into fat deposits in order to attempt to dissolve the fat. Unfortunately rigorous scientific studies proving its effectiveness have not been performed in this country. Worse yet, its safety has not yet been proven, and presently the FDA has not approved the solution for injection.

SmartLipo™ is another attempt to replace standard techniques with a high tech device. Instead of mechanically removing the fat with suction, the fat is instead first broken up with a laser that is built into the tip of a metal tube. The liquefied fat is then removed with standard tubes. Although the manufacturer of the device states that skin tightening is superior and that results are better than standard liposuction, this has not been proven in the medical literature. In fact, very few plastic surgeons have embraced this machinery.

Areas that are commonly treated:

These areas are often treated in conjunction with other procedures such as a procedures such as a breast augmentation,facelift, arm lift, tummy tuck, body lift, or thigh lift.

  • Abdomen Hips (Love Handles in Men)
  • Outer Thighs
  • Inner Thighs
  • Knees
  • Arms
  • Upper Back
  • Jowls
  • Neck

Recovery Period

Expect to have bruising and swelling in the areas treated. Some level of swelling will likely persist for up to six months. Fifty percent of the time, patients will need several months to begin to see their results. In fact, the thinner the patient, the longer the period of time before improvement is visible.

Discomfort varies but is usually very manageable. Soreness will likely limit your activities, but no specific restrictions on your activities otherwise are advised. A compressive garment will be applied, and you will need to wear this garment religiously for two weeks after surgery, and then an additional two weeks as tolerated.

Surguical Risks of Liposuction

Significant complications are rare. Although terrible problems such as perforation of abdominal organs and deep structures have occurred along with deaths and other serious injury, serious medical complications are infrequent. The most common complications are unevenness and contour irregularities. Sometimes additional surgery for correction may be advised. These complications, though infrequent, may result in additional expense to you. Thankfully, these risks can be minimized by the selection of an experienced and meticulous plastic surgeon.

As with any operation, there are risks of bleeding, poor healing, infection, dissatisfaction with the results, and complications from the anesthetic such as blood clots and etc.

Learn More about Liposuction

If you feel that liposuction surgery might be right for you, schedule a private consultation at Dr. Brzowski’s Ogden, Utah office, not far from Salt Lake City, to discuss your desires.