Questions about Liposuction

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What happens during a Liposuction procedure?

Liposuction involves making small incisions in certain areas of the body where fatty deposits exist. Dr. Kofkoff will insert a small cannula (hollow tube) into the incisions and remove the fat cells using a suctioning method. You will be placed under general anesthesia during the procedure and in most cases can go home the very same day.  Exceptions may involve larger volumes of fat removal, in which case you may need to remain in the hospital overnight.

Who is a good candidate for Liposuction?

Patients in good general health who have problem areas of excess fat that have not responded well to a healthy diet and exercise are usually good candidates for liposuction. It is also important that your skin have good elasticity so that it will shift back into place after surgery. Otherwise, additional skin may need to be removed as with a tummy tuck procedure. Once liposuction has been performed, you will be able to enjoy a more proportional and well-contoured appearance.

What is the Tumescent Technique?

The tumescent technique prepares your fat for removal during a liposuction procedure. A solution of lidocaine, epinephrine, and saline is injected into the areas to be suctioned. This injection causes swelling in your fatty deposits. Once they have become firm, they are easier to remove. This solution also reduces patient discomfort during and after the procedure and lessens the amount of post-operative bruising.

What is Power-Assisted Liposuction?

During power-assisted liposuction (PAL), a power supply causes the cannula to vibrate. This helps break apart your fatty deposits, making them easier to remove. PAL allows Dr. Kofkoff to use more gentle movements during the surgery, giving him more control in treating your problem areas. PAL also enables Dr. Kofkoff to reduce the duration of your procedure and your time under anesthesia.

What happens during recovery from Liposuction?

Most patients will experience soreness and some numbness in the areas that have been treated during the procedure. The use of the tumescent technique helps to reduce this post-operative discomfort. Pain medication is also prescribed as needed.

Bruising generally resolves within a two to four week period, and swelling should gradually resolve after a few months. You can generally resume normal activities within the first week after your surgery. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first three weeks and the compression garment can generally be removed after several weeks as well.

To learn more about liposuction or any other cosmetic surgery procedures in St. Louis, Missouri, please contact Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff today to schedule a consultation.