What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure because it can contour the body where stubborn pockets of fat have accumulated. It can be used most anywhere but is most commonly used on the neck, abdomen, thighs, flanks, back, and arms.

While liposuction will help you look slimmer in the treated areas, it is not a substitute for weight loss. You are a candidate for the procedure if you are near your ideal or stable weight. You also must have firm, elastic skin. If there is lax skin, liposuction will only create more lax skin. In that case, a surgical procedure such as a tummy tuck will be necessary to remove the excess skin and make the area firm and smooth. Note, too, that liposuction does not reduce cellulite.

If you have lost volume on the face or neck, the fat harvested from your body can be grafted via injections into the areas of lost volume, much like dermal fillers. Read more about fat grafting.

If you are interested in liposuction, you will have a consultation with Dr. Combs, during which he will examine you and take a full medical history to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure.

What to Expect from Liposuction

There are different liposuction techniques that Dr. Combs may use to reshape your body. Essentially, however, small incisions are made, and a tumescent numbing solution is injected through a cannula, which is a small tube inserted through the incisions. This solution also minimizes bleeding.

The cannula is then attached to a suction machine and moved in and out, as the machine extracts the fat cells. The incisions are then sutured.

The difference from one technique to another primarily has to do with the suction machine used.

Liposuction can only be done with the patient under general anesthesia.

Liposuction Recovery and Aftercare

Some pain, swelling, bruising, and a feeling of tightness are to be expected after liposuction, but most patients are surprised that it is less than they expected. Most people go back to work within a week and can resume exercising in about a month.

We will give you pain medication and a compression garment to wear for a few weeks. You can remove it to shower.

Of course, you will see Dr. Combs for follow-up appointments so that he can carefully monitor your healing and make sure that you are pleased with the results.

Call us today for Liposuction. We regularly see patients from the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas.