There are many surgical and non-surgical procedures that can bring and restore balance to the face, breasts and body. What interests Dr. McGill most, is the balance that these procedures can also bring to the mind and spirit of her patients.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove fat from the body, particularly from certain areas that do not respond well to non-surgical weight loss strategies. The main goal of liposuction is to enhance the shape of the body while reducing its overall size.
Liposuction is all about restoring balance to the body’s contour, removing stubborn fatty deposits that remain despite an individual’s efforts to lose weight through diet and exercise. Even if you’ve achieved your optimal weight, it’s possible that fat deposits remain in certain areas (belly, thighs), causing your overall shape to appear out of proportion. Liposuction helps restore a balanced appearance to your body, bringing it in line with your own efforts to improve your fitness and health.
Why get Liposuction?
If you’ve reached your optimal weight through diet and exercise but feel that your body’s contour is out of proportion due to stubborn fat deposits in specific areas, liposuction can help restore the balance. Liposuction is a simple and efficient technique to enhance the appearance of the body. It is less invasive than other cosmetic procedures, and requires a minimal amount of downtime. It can be performed on more than one area of the body at a time, and can easily be added as an additional feature of procedures involving the breasts, tummy, body or face.
What Happens During a Liposuction Procedure?
A liposuction procedure consists of removing fat deposits from problem areas using a specialized wand-like tool called a “cannula” along with a vacuum. These tools are inserted through tiny incisions which are strategically placed in naturally hidden areas on the body such as the belly button, groin, armpit or buttock crease.
To help in the removal process, a solution is pumped into the fat tissues. This solution contains saline, which helps enlarge the cells for easier removal, epinephrine which constricts blood vessels reducing bruising and bleeding, and an anesthetic which reduces pain around the affected area during and following the surgery.
Next, a blunt-ended, thin-diameter wand known as a “Cannula” is introduced through the tiny incisions to gently suction out excess fat using a Vacuum. Fat cells are removed permanently! The treated areas are “feathered out” at their edges to blend naturally with the surrounding areas. Surgery can take an hour and a half up to several hours if multiple areas are treated.
What Happens After a Liposuction Procedure?
The incisions made during the procedure are sealed with dissolving sutures and a compression garment is applied to the area. It is recommended that this garment is worn continuously for the first few days after surgery. Some mild discomfort in the form of pain and swelling might occur for a few days after the procedure. Specific prescription pain medication is administered for the first few days, and can be switched to standard medication like Tylenol thereafter. Certain pain medications like aspirin and ibuprofen cannot be used within two weeks prior to or after surgery in order to reduce bruising and bleeding.
Work can be resumed after a few days, and exercise after a few weeks. The compression garment should be worn (can be removed for showering after the 3-5 initial days) for up to six weeks after the procedure. This will ensure the flattest contour possible and provide the best results from your liposuction procedure.