Hip Liposuction

Hip Liposuction

Even when diligent care is taken to maintain a proper diet and exercise routine, some people are genetically inclined to carry more weight around the hip area than on other areas of the body. Hip liposuction is a surgical procedure that can remove excessive fat cells in this area to create a more shapely form. Hip liposuction is performed on men and women and can be completed in less than two hours.

Preparing for Hip Liposuction

Pre-surgical screening and blood work may be ordered by the doctor before the scheduled procedure. Physicians may also ask the patient to refrain from using any form of nicotine for a few weeks before surgery and to stop taking any medications that are known to thin the blood. Most doctors also suggest that patients not partake of alcoholic beverages during the week before a hip liposuction procedure. It is important not to consume food or liquids the night before surgery.

During the Hip Liposuction Procedure

Hip liposuction may be done using general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or a combination of the two and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. The doctor will usually inject the treatment area with lidocaine to numb sensations. Then, two or more small incisions will be cut to provide for the insertion of a hollow probe through which liquefied fat may be suctioned away. Once the desired amount of fat has been withdrawn, the client will be fitted with a compression garment which should be worn during recovery according to the doctor’s directions. It is necessary to arrange a driver to provide transport after the liposuction is complete.

Following the Hip Liposuction Procedure

Hip Liposuction should make the body appear more evenly proportioned and usually results in the patient being able to wear a smaller size in clothing. During the first days after surgery, the patient may need pain medications to control discomfort and should take a few days from work to recuperate. The treatment site may be swollen or discolored, and a small amount of seepage may occur around the incisions. This fades quickly and the final results can be seen in three to six months. Soreness may be noticeable for several weeks, but a patient is sometimes able to return to light exercise within two to three weeks.

As with most other surgeries, hip liposuction does carry some slight risks that should be considered. It is possible, but unlikely, for infection to develop. There is also a very slight risk of blood clots or abnormal bleeding. If another procedure or lift is not performed, some patients may experience some loose skin in the surgical area, and a few report lumps under the surface of the skin.

Generally, these few side effects are considered minor compared to the results garnered from hip liposuction. This cosmetic procedure carries a high rate of satisfaction among patients choosing to have it.