Liposuction

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Enhance Your Figure

You may be a candidate for liposuction if you have fat which is resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction may also be desirable if you wish to change the contours of your body. Commonly involved areas are the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves, ankles, upper arms and armpits, under the chin, male chest/breasts and trunk. Most patients are within 20-30 pounds of normal weight and desire permanent contour changes. Improved liposuction techniques now allow larger amounts of fat removal. Liposculpture can be useful to heavier persons as well. However, multiple procedures may be required to achieve the desired result. The removal of no more than 5 litres of fat during any one procedure is considered the safety range.

Liposuction is intended to produce a permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas. A more flattering figure or physique, in or out of clothing, is another goal of liposculpture.


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Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia is usually used for safety and comfort. Small suction tubes (cannulas) are inserted through very short incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits, and excess fat is removed.

The patient goes home with a compression garment (or tape) covering the treated areas. Compression is advised for about a month as it helps reduce swelling after liposuction. Once pain and soreness decrease, it is frequently more comfortable to wear lycra or spandex exercise pants. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Bruising and swelling usually subside in 2-4 weeks. The final result of liposuction takes shape over 2-3 months. We highly recommend that you control your weight after surgery to avoid unexpected changes in the final outcome.

Additional procedures that may enhance the result of liposuction are Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) or breast surgery.

Liposuction is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. The specific risks and the suitability of liposuction for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

Call River City Plastic Surgery in Jefferson City, Missouri at 573-635-9668 to schedule your personal consultation.