Liposuction is an effective means of improving body contour by removing unwanted fat from thighs, abdomen, flanks, back, arms, chin, and chest, using minimal incisions. Liposuction is not for weight reduction, but a method for removing pockets of fat that do not respond to weight loss.
Is Liposuction Right For Me?
The best candidates are healthy people with firm elastic skin who have well defined pockets of fat. Age is not a factor, although older patients have less elasticity in their skin and may not achieve the same results. The biggest drawback with liposuction occurs in an individual with poor skin quality. They may have excess saggy skin after the procedure.
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To obtain the maximum amount of skin shrinkage, Dr. Nitta utilizes the VASERlipo® technology for all of her patients. Vaser liposuction utilizes ultrasonic energy to melt and loosen a higher volume of fat cells while minimizing the risk for irregularities. The heat generated with the Vaser method allows for optimal post-operative skin shrinkage. There is also less bruising with this particular method as compared to other liposuction techniques. Vaser technology requires fewer incisions.
Dr. Nitta prefers using general anesthesia for liposuction procedures as it is safe and requires less local anesthesia. Once the patient is asleep, a few small incisions are made. A tumescent solution is then administered through these incisions and a Vaser cannula is used to melt the fat. Next, a liposuction cannula is inserted to remove the melted fat. Once fat removal is completed, the incisions are sutured closed and covered with a plastic dressing. The area treated is also fitted and wrapped in a compression garment prior to leaving the operating room.
Patients will need to wear the fitted compression garment 24/7. On the second day after surgery, this garment can be removed to shower. There will be foam padding from the garment that may be discarded, however, the plastic dressing should remain as is. Apart from showering, the compression garment must be worn for 3 weeks. Depending on what part of the body received liposuction, Spanx may be worn instead.
Patients should expect to experience pain for the first 24-48 hours, and pain is proportional to the amount of fat removed. Medication will be prescribed to help manage any discomfort.
Results from the procedure will be immediately noticeable and will continue to improve over the course of a year. If you’re happy with how you look one week after surgery, you will be even happier by the 6-month mark.
To find out more about liposuction technology and procedures, call our office at (949) 722-6644 to schedule your free consultation with Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Katharine C. Nitta today!