Liposuction reshapes specific regions of the body, improving body contours and proportions by removing stubborn, unwanted body fat, as well as localized or excess fat deposits. Treatable areas of the body can include the thighs, arms, hips, waist, back, inner knees, chest and chin.
As with other cosmetic procedures, liposuction is a personal decision. It should be done only to help you feel positive about your appearance rather than to fit a particular image or ideal.
Liposuction is not a replacement for healthy eating habits and exercise, nor is it a treatment for obesity.
Patients with cellulite are not good candidates for liposuction, as they may suffer from skin irregularities. Dr. Dawes can provide you with additional options for the correction of this particular problem.
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Dr. Dawes will make small incisions in the skin; a cannula is inserted through the incisions and moved back and forth to loosen fat. A surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula is used to suction the dislodged fat out of the body. After the liposuction procedure is complete, the treated area is stitched and bandaged.
You may need to wear compression garments to reduce swelling. Recovery takes about two weeks, but it may take up to six months for the results to be fully apparent as the skin gradually tightens.