Excess fat can conceal a person’s natural facial and body definition as well as make it difficult to maintain body confidence. Both men and women can struggle with stubborn fat that is resistant to even the most dedicated diet and exercise plans. Dr. Sung offers minimally invasive liposuction, a tried-and-true fat removal procedure, to provide his patients with the customized curves they desire. Dr. Sung sculpts and refines his patients’ natural contours for a proportionate, stunning “360” silhouette.
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The best candidates for liposuction must be in good health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Patients may consider undergoing liposuction if they want to remove unwanted fat deposits in the following areas of the body:
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, if necessary. The length of the surgery depends on the number of areas being treated and the extent of correction required. Small incisions are made as site of entry for suction cannula is inserted. After the procedure, the patient is moved to a recovery area for brief observation and can typically go home the same day.
One of the most common liposuction techniques is tumescent liposuction, which may get an assist from mechanical power, ultrasound, radio frequency or laser. Regardless of the device used, the most crucial element are the surgeon and his team. It is performed on an outpatient basis. During tumescent liposuction, a solution comprising saline solution, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) is injected into the area being treated. The solution causes the targeted tissue to swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove via the cannula. The advantages to this technique are that the anesthetic is built in and blood loss is minimized because the epinephrine constricts blood vessels.
Liposuction patients will notice their results once the swelling and bruising subside, which usually takes one week. Any residual swelling should dissipate within a few months. The incisions created during the procedure are quite small, so they are unlikely to produce noticeable scarring. The effects of liposuction are long lasting as long as the patient maintains a stable weight after surgery.
It is rare to experience complications following liposuction that has been performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. However, some of the risks associated with liposuction include:
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