Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty and often referred to as “lipo” for short, is a plastic surgery procedure that helps to slim, reshape and contour areas of the body through the removal of excess fat deposits and fatty tissue via suction through a cannula or hollow tube affixed to an aspirator.
It is a very popular plastic surgery procedure since it defines and enhances the body’s natural figure. Liposuction can be applied to various parts of the body such as the chin, upper arms, chest, back, abdomen, waist, buttocks, hips, thighs, inner knee and calves.
Liposuction should not be used as a substitute for diet and/or exercise, or as a treatment for obesity, sagging skin or cellulite.
Liposuction can be combined with other cosmetic procedures including a tummy tuck and breast reduction, among others. Dr. Oser will be able to advise more specifically on this, as every case is unique to the individual.
Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for both men and women. This procedure helps eliminate areas of extra fat deposits from various areas of the body, such as arms, legs, tummy or thighs. Liposuction is not meant to be a quick fix for fat loss, but it can help diminish fat from areas that have not responded to diet and exercise. Many liposuction patients have already lost weight with diet and exercise but are frustrated with specific areas of fat that won’t go away. This procedure helps shape and define the body.
Dr. Oser's cosmetic consultation is an important step in the process of considering aesthetic surgery. Dr. Oser and his staff are committed to helping you become well informed about the actual process of preparing for liposuction.
Dr. Oser will meet with you and help determine whether liposuction would be the right procedure for you. You will discuss your concerns and goals. Dr. Oser will explain the procedure, potential side effects and outcomes.
Other services may be recommended in combination with this procedure to ensure that you have an optimal surgical result.
Preparation Before Your Procedure
Three weeks prior to and three weeks after your surgery, try to limit your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior to and two weeks after your surgery, do not take medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen products. Do not sunbathe or use tanning booths or self-tanning products.
The Evening Before Your Procedure
The evening prior to your surgery, please refrain from eating or drinking anything including water. Please do not smoke and check with Dr. Oser regarding any medication that you are taking regularly.
The Day of Your Procedure
Please refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, body lotion or perfume. Wear comfortable clothing. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any symptoms of illness before your surgery, notify the office.
Please prepare to have a responsible adult available to provide transportation after your procedure and have arrangements made for any necessary assistance you may require for the following 24 hours. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany you.
Dr. Oser will perform your liposuction on an outpatient basis. Dr. Oser will make discrete incisions in the areas where fat will be removed. He will place a small microcannula in the incision and gently vacuum out areas of fat. Depending on the areas to be treated, the procedure may take several hours.
After the procedure, some redness, swelling, bruising and discomfort may commonly occur. You will wear compression garments to reduce swelling and maintain healing. Most patients can return to work in a week and resume normal activity after four weeks. It takes about six weeks for all swelling to diminish.
Liposuction results in a decrease in fat deposits in the areas treated. Most patients are happy with their results and enjoy a slimmer and tighter figure.