Liposuction is one of the more customizable plastic surgery procedures, which can be performed independently or in conjunction with other surgeries. Several new technologies and surgical techniques are available today to make liposuction less invasive, but the procedure steps will largely remain common under most options.
Dr. Gary Motykie is an experienced cosmetic surgeon providing liposuction and various other procedures. During the initial consultation, Dr. Motykie will explain all the steps in the procedure to give a fair idea to the patient about what to expect. He provides liposuction to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
Liposuction plastic surgery procedure may be performed using general or local anesthesia. General anesthesia in liposuction is rarely used these days because the surgical techniques are now less invasive and it is possible to avoid general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is usually administered, which may be combined with mild sedation in some cases.
One of the popular techniques nowadays is tumescent liposuction, which only requires the use of local anesthesia. In any case, the surgeon will recommend the appropriate form of anesthesia according to the amount of fat to be removed and other factors.
Following anesthesia, small incisions will be placed in discreet locations in the specific area from where fat deposits will be removed. The size of the incisions will usually range from a quarter to a third of an inch. While the incisions are minor, these must be placed in precise locations to minimize subsequent scarring and achieve optimal results in a less invasive manner.
Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for liposuction and various other procedures of the body, breast, and face.
Fat Tissue Removal
To remove the excess fat tissue, a slim vacuum tube called a cannula will be inserted through the incision. As the cannula reaches the deeper fat layers, the surgeon will move it back and forth to manually dislodge the stubborn fat cells. Once the fats are disintegrated, a syringe attached to the other end of the cannula will be used to suction them out.
Laser, RF, ultrasound, or other heat-based techniques may be applied at this stage to make the fat removal simpler and less invasive. Replacement fluids will be given to the patient through IV during and after liposuction because some amount of blood and bodily fluid loss will occur as fat is removed.
The incisions will be closed once the procedure is completed. The surgeon may use removable or absorbable sutures for this purpose. Drainage tubes may be placed below the skin to collect excess fluid and prevent infection. Sutures and drains may be removed in about one week to 10 days. In case of very small incisions, the surgeon may decide to keep them open in order to minimize bruising and swelling.
In many cases, liposuction may be combined with other procedures such as tummy tuck, body lift, facelift, or a mommy makeover. The surgeon will discuss these options with the patient while preparing the liposuction surgery plan.
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