Liposuction uses a small wand (cannula) that is inserted through small incisions in the skin. There are a few different types of procedures. Tumescent or super-wet liposuction involves inserting a sterile solution containing adrenaline and numbing medication before the fat is removed. Another method, ultrasound assisted lipoplasty (UAL), uses ultrasound energy to break down and liquefy the fat. The wand is moved back and forth to break up the fat deposits. The loosened fat is then vacuumed out of the body. By maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly, the results can be permanent.
You will have an initial consultation with your doctor prior to your procedure. Your doctor will evaluate your fat deposits and skin integrity. You should tell your doctor about your concerns and expectations. Your doctor will perform a general health evaluation. It is common for “before” photos to be taken for your medical records. You will need to stop smoking several weeks before your surgery. Your doctor will let you know if any of your medications should be temporarily discontinued as well.
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