Quick Facts

Procedure Improve body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vacuum device. Can be performed using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post operative bruising and swelling. Common locations for liposuction include chin, neck, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves and ankles.
Length 1 to 2 hours or more.
Anesthesia General or local with sedation.
In/Outpatient Usually outpatient.
Temporary Side Effects Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation. Fluid drainage from incision sites, particularly with the “tumescent” technique.
Recovery Back to work: 1-3 days. More strenuous activity 2-4 weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising 1-6 months or more. Use of tumescent technique may decrease post operative bruising and swelling. We recommend use of special compression garments for at least 1 month after surgery to achieve the best results.
Duration of Results Permanent, accompanied with sensible diet and exercise.

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