LIPOSUCTION FORT LAUDERDALE
Liposuction/Liposculpture is a treatment for the removal of excess fat. It is ideally suited for the removal of localized fat deposits especially on the thighs, buttocks, hips, loins, abdomen, arms, neck, inner knees and ankles. It can lead to permanent change in body shape and contour and is very useful to treat stubborn areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a suitable treatment for generalized obesity and will not improve cellulite or stretch marks. Fort Lauderdale Liposuction permanently removes fat cells which are never replaced and hence the change in body shape can be permanent. However, the remaining fat cells can increase in size as weight is gained and so weight loss may not be permanent unless a healthy lifestyle is adopted. Liposuction/Liposculpture may also be used for the treatment of lipomas (benign, non-cancerous fat tumors), gynecomastia (fatty breast development in men) and for adjusting the shape of breasts after reconstructive surgery.
WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Liposuction In Fort Lauderdale is usually performed under a general anesthetic. After the anesthetic, the surgeon will make small cuts in the skin between 1 and 2 cm long in the areas to be treated. A rigid tube can then be passed under the skin into the fat. The tube is attached to a strong suction device. The tube is passed back and forth to break up the fat which is then sucked out by the vacuum. There are a few different techniques that can be used. “Wet” liposuction involves injecting fluid into the fat before removal. The fluid contains local anesthetic and adrenaline to help reduce bleeding. There are limits on the amount of fat that can be safely removed in one treatment and so multiple operations may be required at intervals of a few months.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS?
There are general risks associated with general anesthetic such as aspiration of stomach content into the lungs which can cause serious illness or death. Therefore, to help prevent this it is mandatory that you do not eat or drink anything (usually 8 hours) preceding your surgery. Other risks include DVTs, (clots in the veins of the legs) which can break off and travel to the lungs, this is known as an embolus and although very rare, can be life threatening; especially in smokers. You will be encouraged to get up and walk around as soon as possible to reduce these risks. It is also important to be aware that it is impossible to guarantee that the skin will be perfectly smooth after treatment. Some numbness can occur and there may be significant bruising and swelling which may take several months to settle completely. In some cases there may be loose skin after the liposuction which may need further surgery to remove.
COMPLICATIONS SPECIFIC TO LIPOSUCTION INCLUDE:
- Bleeding that occurs under the skin is known as a hematoma. This can be uncomfortable and in a few cases it may be necessary to go back to the operating theatre to stop the bleeding and remove the clot.
- Infection may require antibiotic treatment.
- Scars: The scars will be very small but some people have a tendency to form lumpy red scars which can be unsightly.
- Pulmonary edema, which is a fluid build-up in the lungs, can occur as a result of the fluid that is injected. This causes problems with breathing and needs immediate treatment. The fluid used can also cause allergic reactions.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE OPERATION?
You will not be able to drive and will need someone to help out at home for the first 24 hours. You may experience some discomfort which should be alleviated by the pain medications. You will be required to wear a supportive corset or pressure bandages around the treated areas. Although it is permissible to remove them for washing they should be worn until your surgeon advises otherwise. You will be given instructions about looking after the wounds and having stitches removed. Most patients will need between 7 and 10 days off work depending on the job and strenuous exercise is not advised for the first month.
LIPOSUCTION IN FORT LAUDERDALE
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