Even the most rigorous dietary and exercise measures may not effectively target certain areas of fat on the body. The hardest parts of the body to lose weight from include the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, back, and arms. Liposuction may be employed to eliminate fat from these areas. Performed at Perfection Makeover and Laser Center’s accredited Cancun, Mexico facility, liposuction is customized to the particular patient’s needs and goals. It slims and reshapes specific areas to create proportionate, flattering body contours. If you’re interested in learning more about liposuction, or LipoStructure®, please contact one of our friendly representatives at Perfection Makeover and Laser Center.
Liposuction is a great procedure for candidates who have excess fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise. As the procedure will remove excess fat but not excess skin, candidates who are seeking to remove sagging skin should look into abdominoplasty. Ideal candidates for liposuction are in good health, free from any conditions that could compromise the surgery (e.g., a cardiovascular condition, diabetes, or weak immune system).
During a liposuction procedure, anesthesia is administered for maximum patient comfort. The surgeon makes several small incisions in inconspicuous places. A cannula (thin, hollow tube) is inserted through the incisions, and used to loosen the fatty tissue. The surgeon then suctions the fat out of the body using a vacuum-type device. It is imperative that the surgeon performing the surgery is extensively qualified, as a more experienced surgeon will produce a better outcome. Liposuction requires an artistic eye to be able to precisely contour the targeted area into an aesthetically pleasing result.
After the procedure, patients can expect some bruising, swelling, and slight discomfort. Pain medications may be provided by the medical team to ease discomfort. It’s advised that patients rest for several days after liposuction to recover from the surgery – and there’s no better place to rest and recover from liposuction than Cancun, Mexico! It typically takes about four weeks for swelling in the treated area to completely subside. To maintain optimal results after liposuction, it’s recommended that the patient follow proper diet and exercise habits.
If the tumescent technique is chosen, the surgeon injects a solution of saltwater (which aids in fat removal), lidocaine (relieves pain), and epinephrine (constricts the blood vessels). This solution causes the treated area to swell and firm up, making it easier for the cannula and vacuum to suction out fat and fluids.
Ultrasonic-assisted liposculpture directs ultrasonic energy at the treated area to emulsify the fat cells so they are easier to remove.
Liposuction can be performed by itself, or coupled with another plastic surgery procedure such as a tummy tuck or facelift. Certain breast reduction procedures do incorporate liposuction of the breasts.
Liposuction has a slimming effect on the treated areas. It can be used in multiple areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips (“love handles”), back, and even the upper arms, neck, and chin. It’s an affordable and safe surgery, which is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia is used for optimal comfort. One of the advantages of the tumescent and ultrasonic-assisted approaches is the reduction of post-operative swelling, bruising, and soreness.
Potential risks of liposuction include asymmetry or irregularities of body contours (e.g., rippling or bagginess), changes in skin pigment, fluid retention, and infection. Tumescent liposuction can sometimes result in some drainage from the incision sites.
Our plastic surgery team will discuss these risks with you in greater detail during the consultation stage of your treatment. It’s important that you thoroughly consider all risks and potential complications before undergoing liposuction.
If you have a question about liposuction, contact a staff member at our Mexico practice; we would be happy to discuss the procedure with you and explain all the benefits you will enjoy!
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