During the past decade, liposuction, which is also known as "lipoplasty" or "suction lipectomy," has benefited from several new refinements. Today, a number of new techniques, including the tumescent technique, super-wet technique and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), are helping plastic surgeons provide selected patients with more precise results and quicker recovery times.
Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don't respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
Who Is A Candidate?
If you have localized deposits of fat in the anterior part of the neck--under the chin
If you have muscle laxity under chin only!
If you have sagging with skin folds in the anterior part of the neck (under chin only)!
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia
The procedure requires an incision under the chin.
Fat is suctioned or directly excised, muscles are tightened, and a small amount of skin may be removed--all depending on individual findings.
Side Effects & Risks
Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation, or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.
In the tumescent and super-wet techniques, the anesthetic fluid that is injected may cause lidocaine toxicity (if the solution's lidocaine content is too high) or the collection of fluid in the lungs (if too much fluid is administered).
The combination of these factors can create greater hazards for infection; delays in healing; the formation of fat clots or blood clots, which may migrate to the lungs and cause death; excessive fluid loss, which can lead to shock or fluid accumulation that must be drained; friction burns or other damage to the skin or nerves or perforation injury to the vital organs; and unfavorable drug reactions.
In the UAL technique, the heat from the ultrasound device may cause injury to the skin or deeper tissues. Also, you should be aware that even though UAL has been performed successfully on several thousand people worldwide, the long-term effects of ultrasound energy on the body are not yet known.
The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon. The skin surface may be irregular, asymmetric or even "baggy," especially in the older patient. Numbness and pigmentation changes may occur. Sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended.
You will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks*, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months*, any persistent mild swelling usually disappears and the final contour will be visible.
You may find that you are more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes and more at ease with your body. And, by eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can help to maintain your new shape.
Q. Who are the best candidates for Liposuction?
A. The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas.
Q. With all of the variations in liposuction, how will I know which is best for me?
A. Individuals considering liposuction often feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of options and techniques available today. In helping you decide which is the right approach for you, Dr. Patterson will consider effectiveness, safety, cost and appropriateness for your particular needs.