Liposuction can be done under general anesthesia with the patient asleep or under local anesthesia where the area is numbed and the patient remains awake. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or ‘cannula’ is inserted and used to vacuum out the fatty tissue beneath the skin. The surgeon determines the amount of fat to be removed by visualization and feeling the tissue.
After eliminating the excess fat, the incisions are closed by applying a compression dressing or bandage to the area in order to prevent bleeding, reduce swelling, and support the affected area.
There are several different types of liposuction procedures, such as tumescent or ultrasound liposuction, that have developed as a result of recent advancements in this field. During the initial consultation, the patient and surgeon can discuss which method(s) are best suited to achieve the desired results.
Liposuction can last from thirty minutes to several hours depending upon the amount of fat to be removed. Liposuction surgery is an excellent procedure that can benefit those who want to remove unattractive fatty deposits.