Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses suction to remove fat cells from certain areas of the body. This procedure works well on stubborn fat deposits that will not shrink despite strict diet and intense physical activities. Dr. Sofonio offers liposuction to residents of Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs, CA who want to reshape the problem areas of their body.
During the consultation, Dr. Sofonio will discuss the treatment options and the steps involved in the operation. He also will examine the patient's skin type and ask about the patient's expectations after the procedure to help him create a customized treatment plan.
Liposuction is generally performed using small, thin suction tubes called cannula, which are inserted through tiny incisions in the skin. These tubes are moved around to reach different areas of a body part, and the fat deposits are removed using a syringe or a suction pump. Usually, liposuction requires local anesthesia and is performed on an outpatient basis, but when a large amount of fat will be removed, general anesthesia is used and the patient may be required to stay overnight in a hospital. The length of the procedure also varies based on the amount of fat to be removed.
After the procedure, the skin may look saggy, but it will eventually tighten in about six months. Pain, swelling, bruising, and numbness may persist for about two weeks. To lessen the pain and bruising, a wrap or compression garment is worn on the treated body part for up to four weeks. The patient can return to his or her normal activities within a few weeks but is advised to avoid strenuous activities until the wounds have healed.
An improvement in the shape of the treated body parts is readily visible after liposuction, but the results become more noticeable in a few months after the swelling has disappeared. The procedure permanently removes fat cells but does not prevent weight gain, so diet and exercise are necessary to maintain the patient's new look.