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How Does Liposuction Work?

Posted on September 10, 2016 by - Liposuction

woman under palm sea on backgroundLiposuction is a common outpatient procedure used to remove unwanted fat deposits from the body. With an estimated 500,000 liposuction procedures performed in the United States each year, celebrities aren’t the only ones seeking outside assistance to sculpt their bodies. While diet and regular exercise are necessary to stay toned and in shape, liposuction can provide a substantial boost to your appearance. Liposuction is not intended as a strategy for weight loss, but rather to lend a smoother shape to areas that haven’t responded to workout techniques. Read on to learn more about this highly effective body contouring procedure from Chula Vista plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Chacon.

Are You a Good Candidate?

The first step is to schedule your evaluation. The doctor will meet with you for a physical examination, where you will discuss your perceived problem areas. During this consultation, you will also be asked for your detailed medical history, including any previous surgeries or preexisting conditions. If the doctor determines that you are a suitable candidate, you can move on to the next step and schedule an appointment for your procedure.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Liposuction is a relatively quick and easy type of plastic surgery. First, the doctor will administer a local anesthesia. Then he will make one or more small incisions in order to insert a device called a cannula. The cannula is a wand-like instrument that breaks up fat cells before suctioning them out of the body. While there are variations on this technique, most procedures follow the same basic script. Your doctor will go over the details with you before your surgery.

Post-surgery Recovery

Most patients can expect to return to their normal routine after a couple of days. Occasionally patients will encounter minor fluid drainage from the incision site. Doctors can address this issue with drainage tubes, which can speed up the healing process. Most patients will need to wear a compression garment over the affected area, to reduce swelling and speed up the rate of recovery. Your doctor will talk to you about the possibility of taking antibiotics to prevent infection, but this is discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Dr. Carlos Chacon

To learn more about liposuction and determine if it is the right choice for you, please contact our practice at (858) 633-7546. Dr. Chacon can answer your questions and help you decide if you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure.