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LiposuctionLiposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries available, one that involves removing excess fat from various places on the body, such as the stomach, hips, buttocks, thighs, inner knees, calves, upper arms, back, cheeks, chin or neck. Through a specially designed suctioning technique, this procedure reshapes problem areas in order to improve an individual’s overall shape and contours. While it is not a medical treatment for obesity or a replacement for healthy lifestyle choices, liposuction can be an effective way to correct or improve excess fat deposits that have not responded to diet or exercise. It may be performed on its own or alongside other cosmetic procedures like facelifts or tummy tucks.
How Liposuction WorksLiposuction isn't for everyone—it typically yields the best results for adults who are within 30% of their ideal weight to begin with, don’t smoke, have not been diagnosed with any life-threatening conditions, have good muscle tone and possess a positive, goal-oriented outlook on life. For someone who fits this description and is likely to be deemed a good candidate for liposuction treatment, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a liposuction expert. Then, only after being deemed a good match for the procedure, a patient will undergo the following parts of the liposuction process:
- Marking the Area(s): Before heading into the procedure room, Dr. Potyondy uses a pen to mark the specific areas of the body where fat will be removed.
- Anesthetizing the Patient: Some sort of numbing or pain medication is required before the procedure begins, as recommended by the physician in that particular case. Typically, small procedures will only require local anesthesia and a sedative, while larger procedures will require general anesthesia and intravenous sedation.
- Making the Incision(s): During the liposuction procedure, Dr. Potyondy makes a small incision or incisions in which to insert what’s called a cannula into the fatty layers of targeted areas. The cannula, a thin, hollow tube, gets moved back and forth to loosen and dislodge fat. That fat then gets suctioned out through the cannula into a surgical vacuum or syringe and then into a flask.