Fat is stubborn, kind of like a two-year-old rolling about on the floor at Safeway when his demand for a candy bar went unheeded. And in certain areas such as the lower abdomen, the hips, even under the chin that fat is almost impossible to target and address with exercise. The result is stubborn pockets of fat that keep on keeping on!
The team at PacificMed can get rid of that fat with liposuction. Today’s liposuction has come a long way since its debut in the U.S. in the 1980s. Today’s procedures are more accurate, create less trauma, and make for far easier recovery.
What is liposuction?
Most people know that liposuction uses a cannula (a thin suction tube) to suction away unwanted fat. But the procedure some people know isn’t the procedure used today. When liposuction came to the U.S. from France in the 1980s, it was a relatively violent procedure. Patients needed to be under general anesthesia, and the cannula used was larger, requiring a larger incision. Then, to break loose the fat pockets, the surgeon had to move the cannula around quite violently beneath the skin. This created extensive tissue trauma and blood loss. Bruising after the procedure could last for months.
Today, our surgeons use smaller cannulas, making incisions that are so small they usually don’t even require stitches for closure. We also inject the target area with a saline solution that also contains epinephrine and lidocaine. The saline makes the fat easier to break up, while the epinephrine constricts the blood vessels to minimize bleeding and subsequent bruising, and the lidocaine minimizes discomfort. This is called the tumescent technique, and it has improved liposuction.
Adding power to the procedure
If the situation is right, we also use power-assisted liposuction. In this method, the cannula not only applies suction but is also vibrates and moves back and forth. This movement effectively breaks up the fat, making it easy to suction out. This makes for less tissue trauma.
Liposuction patients will have some bruising and residual soreness. Your recovery will depend to some degree on the area or areas you had treated. You’ll wear compression garments on the area to help reduce swelling and to help the skin adapt to its new slimmer contour. In some cases, you may be able to return to work in just a couple of days.
Interested in taking the fight to those stubborn pockets of fat? Call the team at PacificMed, 800-555-5551, to set up a consultation.