Back Liposuction

Back Liposuction

No matter how many weights have been lifted or how many pounds a person has dropped, some areas of the back still hold on to an abundance of fat cells that make clothing bulge and force men and women to hide under layers of loose fitting clothing. Back liposuction can end these days of shame by removing fatty deposits located just above the bra line, around the love handles, in the middle of the back, or just below the neck. This procedure works best when done underneath the younger skin of those aged forty-five or less.

Preparing for Back Liposuction

Before this procedure is done, the doctor will want to examine the different quadrants of the back to determine the extent of work to be done. He will want to examine the back for any tumors or defects which might be adversely affected by liposuction. He may even order an x-ray of the area to check for spinal defects if one seems warranted. Several weeks before back liposuction is to take place, the doctor will ask the patient to refrain from the use of tobacco products, ibuprophen, aspirin, and any blood thinning herbs or prescription medications. The night before back liposuction, the patient should cease all consumption of food and liquids at midnight.

During the Back Liposuction Procedure

Back liposuction is almost always done using a localized numbing agent, but some patients may be given a sedative of some type to make it easier to remain in one position for an extended period of time. Once the surgical area is numb, the doctor will cut tiny slits in the skin through which the liposuction canulla will be inserted to extract the excess fat. This straw-like instrument will be attached to a pump to provide suction that vacuums the fat cells from beneath the skin. Once fat cells are removed from the body, they never grow back in that area so the newly contoured shape is permanent. Once all areas have been reshaped, the incisions are closed and the site is bandaged.

Following the Back Liposuction Procedure

A bandage is placed over the stitches which may drain for a day or two, and a compression garment must be worn for several weeks to aid in healing. The back will be sore and bruised after surgery, but the patient should see improvement with each week that passes. The patient should not shower nor place hot or cold compresses over the surgical area until instructed to do so by the doctor. The healing process should take approximately one month, but patients may not fully recover for up to six months.

If too much fat is removed from the back and the skin is traumatized, permanent scarring or discoloration may remain, but experienced surgeons are careful to prevent this. A few patients may experience an allergic reaction to the numbing agent used, and bleeding becomes a problem for a few. Because a cut is made, infection is also possible, and very rarely patients are left with some numb patches of skin.