What is Liposuction?

The goal of liposuction in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts is to remove deposits of excess fat from the hips, thighs, waist, abdomen, buttocks, upper arms, back, and more. For many patients, exercise and healthy eating alone cannot eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. Liposuction is a great option to safety and quickly eliminate this fat.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Ideal candidates for liposuction are at a stable weight, but still desire to improve their body shape and contours. They should also have decent elasticity in the skin, so when the fat is removed their skin achieves a smooth appearance. Many individuals can receive liposuction, though those with greater skin elasticity will achieve the best results. It is important to note that liposuction should not be thought of as a solution to obesity or a weight loss technique.

How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction can be done with the help of local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation. There are many liposuction techniques available today, including traditional liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, and laser lipolysis.

During traditional liposuction, a thin tube, or a cannula, will be inserted though small incisions to loosen any excess fat with a back and forth motion. The loose fat is then suctioned out using a surgical vacuum that is connected to the cannula. Power-assisted liposuction uses cannulas that are located on a powered hand piece. With this technique, there is less manual exertion required by the surgeon.

During ultrasonic liposuction, ultrasonic technology is used to emulsify excess fat. Lastly, laser lipolysis, also known as SmartLipo, uses laser light to emulsify fat. Dr. Hall will help you choose a technique that is best suited to meet your goals.

What should I expect during recovery?

Patients should wear a compression garment after liposuction to control any swelling. Drains may also be used to collect any excess fluids. Swelling may take several months to fully subside, and your new body contours will improve with recovery. It is imperative to follow the liposuction recovery instructions provided by Dr. Hall for a safe and efficient recovery.

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