Liposuction: An Overview

Plastic Surgery | Boston | Dr. Christopher Davidson

Liposuction is the removal of fat deposits beneath the skin using a cannula and vacuum, and it is performed under either local or general anesthesia. This technique can greatly improve fat folds in the bra strap area, abdomen, back, neck, arms and thighs. The skin after recovery from liposuction appears smooth and natural. Scarring is minimal and fades over time, which our Boston plastic surgery patients appreciate.

Good candidates for the procedure are in good health and have realistic expectations of the results. Skin elasticity dictates the smoothness of the results. Post-operative swelling resolves in 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the technique that is used. Bruising to skin at the incision sites disappears in 1 to 3 days. Patients may return to normal activities in 1 to 3 days. Soreness associated with liposuction is most intense during the first two days and gradually decreases over the next 4 to 8 weeks. The pain can typically be managed using prescription pain medications initially and then acetaminophen.

Patients are not encouraged to stay in bed after having liposuction. Moving around and walking prevents blood clots and promotes healing. It is encouraged to be up and about as soon as the anesthesia wears off. Exercise is on an as tolerated basis. There are no restrictions on sexual activity after the procedure. Patients are often surprised at the speed of healing time and the minimum of operative pain. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with liposuction. These risks and any other concerns should be discussed with your doctor prior to having the surgery.

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