If you are unhappy with the way that you look, your confidence suffers. Even if you are in perfect health, you work out regularly and are physically fit; you may still have certain areas of your body where fat just does not want to disappear. These unwanted areas of fat can appear anywhere, and can significantly impact how you feel about yourself. At Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we can help to eliminate those pockets of unwanted fat with liposuction.
What Is Liposuction? Liposuction is a procedure that is performed to remove areas of excess fat from the body. The procedure aids in slimming and recontouring problem areas, improving body proportions while giving you a boost of confidence.
Areas Liposuction Can Treat: Liposuction can be used to treat several different areas of the face, neck and cheeks.
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction? To be considered for liposuction, you should be in good overall health to undergo the procedure. Chronic or other serious health conditions can interfere with the ability of your body to heal after treatment. If you are a smoker or use other types of tobacco products, it is important that you quit. If you cannot quit for good, you should at least be willing to abstain while you heal, as these products can interfere with healing and increase your risk for infections and other complications. Additionally, it is very important that you have realistic expectations as to the outcome of your liposuction.
How Is Liposuction Performed? The most popular method of liposuction is called tumescent liposuction. With this treatment, a saline solution containing a local anesthetic is injected into the treatment areas. This solution is used to facilitate the fat elimination process. A small tube called a cannula is inserted into a small incision in the skin. This tube suctions out the fat. Following treatment, the skin begins to shrink to its new shape.
Recovering After Liposuction Some pain and swelling are common following a liposuction procedure. Pain can often be managed with over the counter or prescription pain relievers. Both pain and swelling should subside over time. In the early stages of healing, it will be important to limit your activities. You may also be provided with a compression garment to wear during the healing phase. We will provide you with specific instructions following your liposuction to help ensure that your healing process goes smoothly and to help you avoid any complications.
Are the Results Permanent? Liposuction is great for spot reduction of fat since actual fat cells are being removed at a particular site. As swelling subsides after your procedure, the results become more and more noticeable. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to the formation of new fat deposits, which can completely undo the results of your procedure. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help to ensure that your results last a lifetime.
With liposuction, we can help to remove excess fat from specific areas of your body, helping to contour your appearance and improve your confidence. For more information, and to find out if liposuction is right for you, call Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at (610) 435-6161 today.