Liposuction works for many people, where diet and exercise alone are not enough to rid their bodies of resistant pockets of fat. Liposuction is ideal for reducing areas that are difficult to target with exercise, such as the love handles, posterior arms, upper inner thighs (the chub rub!!) and under the chin. Liposuction, offered at our plastic surgery office near Pittsburgh, can eliminate these fatty deposits, help contour select areas on the body, restore proportion, and improve the contours of the body.
It is not a method of weight loss, but more a way to improve the silhouette and the way clothes fit. Most commonly the areas treated include the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, flanks, hips, back, buttocks, knees, and under the chin. Liposuction will not tighten loose skin!! It is more of a debulking tool, to thin fatty areas, but will not address skin redundancy. This notion is most important in the abdominal area. Many clients present asking for liposuction of the abdomen, assuming skin will be tightened. These individuals should consider an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, instead.
The surgery usually takes up to two to three hours (depending on the areas to be suctioned) and involves general anesthesia. Before performing the surgery, Dr. Pautler will outline the areas to be treated while you are standing. You will also be prepped with the antiseptic solution in a standing position to maintain as much sterility as possible. The suctioning of the fat is done with long blunt tipped instruments, but first a tumescence solution of salt water, adrenaline, and anesthetic is injected into the fat. After a few minutes, Dr. Pautler will aspirate the fat with some of the injected fluid. The adrenaline minimizes the bleeding and the anesthetic decreases the discomfort associated with the procedure. The incisions involved are small, less that 1 centimeter. These are then closed with one or two sutures, which are removed about two weeks later.
After the surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks. The steady compression not only reduces swelling but also helps the skin contract down onto the contoured area. Pain and discomfort will be controlled with oral pain medication.
Dr. Pautler uses liposuction alone or as an adjunct procedure to other treatments, such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast augmentation, breast reduction and even facial plastic surgery. Contact our Pittsburgh area plastic surgery office for more information.
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