Traditional Liposuction

Traditional Liposuction

Improving the contour of the body has been the goal of men and women for centuries as they strive toward an ideal shape that is popular for their generation. To this end, they diet and exercise rigorously, hoping that this stylish shape will magically result. Unfortunately, genetic tendencies trump their sustained efforts to change the visual appearance of their bodies. While the diet and exercise may result in better health, it does not transfer the inherited deposits of fat cells from one part of the body to another. Traditional liposuction, however, can balance these fatty deposits by suctioning them away from areas that are not in proportion to the desired body shape. Traditional Liposuction can be done on almost any area of the body, including the ankles, knees, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, back,neck, and chin.

Preparing for Traditional Liposuction

Because traditional liposuction is a surgical technique, many of the standard preoperative procedures may be required before the scheduled procedure. During a scheduled consultation, the doctor may discuss the patient’s reasons for seeking surgery and give a simple explanation of the process, along with any possible side-effects or risks. The doctor will also give the patient a realistic idea of what the liposuction procedure may accomplish.
To prepare for any surgical treatment, doctors encourage patients to refrain from smoking for several weeks both pre- and post-operatively. Doctors also warn patients that aspirin, some herbs, ibuprofen, and some prescription medications may lead to profuse bleeding during liposuction. They should not be taken during the two weeks before surgery.

During the Traditional Liposuction Procedure

Once the chosen anesthetic has been administered to numb sensation in the treatment area, the surgeon will cut tiny slits in the skin to create an opening for the liposuction tool. This instrument, often called a canulla, is available in different sizes so that even small delicate areas may be treated successfully. The canulla is hollow and attached to a pump which provides suction. The surgeon moves it back and forth through the fatty tissue in a sawing motion. As the fat breaks up, it is vacuumed away through this tube. Once the appropriate amount of fat has been eliminated, the cuts may be closed with stitches or left open to drain. The site will be covered with a gauze bandage; and, for most liposuction procedures, the area will be wrapped in a compression bandage of some kind.

Following Traditional Liposuction

Recovery following traditional liposuction depends on the area that has been treated. For most surgeries, the patient is able to walk out of the treatment facility and return to normal activities within two or three days, but heavy exercise is not recommended. Some liposuction procedures takes two or three weeks before the swelling and soreness diminish completely, and often the results are not completely evident for several months. During the early days of recovery, almost all patients who have undergone traditional liposuction are required to wear a compression garment or bandage to speed recovery.

As with any surgery, traditional has a few risks and possible side-effects, but an experienced surgeon can negate many of these. Infections, blood clots, and heart or lung problems can occur, but these are rare. Patients can be left with numbness, lumpiness, discoloration, or scarring. A few have experienced allergic reactions to anesthesia.