What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure from MidAmerica Plastic Surgery that removes excess fat deposit from targeted areas of your body to improve your body shape and proportions. It is especially good for the stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away despite diet and exercise.
How is liposuction completed?
Before the procedure, the areas of liposuction are marked as a guide to plan the appropriate treatment. Liposuction is able to specifically target areas that you want treated. Medication is infiltrated in the target area through very small access points and is completed with minimal to no scarring.
How long for results?
Your results will slowly become apparent as the swelling and fluid retention reside. With continued practices of healthy diet and fitness, the fatty tissue should be permanently removed.
Complications Regarding Liposuction
As with any procedure, there are risks. Fortunately, with Liposuction, these risks are minimal. These include but are not limited to:
- Uneven contours
- Rippling or loose skin
- Skin or nerve damage
- Irregular pigmentation
- Fat clots
- Blood clots
- Excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation
- Unfavorable scarring
- Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty technique
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Change in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration or swelling
- Pain, which may persist
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs
- Poor wound healing
- Persistent swelling in the legs
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Possibility of revisional surgery
Dr. Ryan Diederich is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures at Mid-America Institute of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in Glen Carbon, IL. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon east of St. Louis, you can schedule a consultation online schedule a consultation online, or call us at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment.
For more information see the American Society of Plastic Surgery topic “Liposuction”
*This article is intended as a guideline only. This is not intended as medical advice. There are no guarantees written or implied from the information presented here. Only a consultation can provide an appropriate evaluation and discussion regarding any procedure. Refer to your physician for medical decision making and advice.