Despite good health and fitness, some individuals may still have disproportionate figures due to localized fat deposits. If you are bothered by excess fat deposits, liposuction may be a good option for you. Generally, liposuction slims and reshapes the body contours improving lines and proportion, which can greatly improve self-image.
Liposuction, also called surgical lipectomy or lipoplasty, is the surgical removal of excess fatty tissue. Traditional liposuction uses suction to remove excess fat. Other techniques include the tumescent technique, which uses an infusion of saline solution (salt water) with adrenaline and possibly anesthetic into the fatty tissue prior to removal, and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty, which uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning. In your consultation with Dr. Fine, he can discuss different techniques with you.
Liposuction is commonly used to remove excess fat in the cheeks, chin, and neck, upper arms, breast or chest area, back, abdomen and waist, hips and buttocks, thighs, inner knee, and calves and ankles. It can be performed alone, or in combination with other cosmetic procedures (such as face lift, breast reduction, or tummy tuck).
Liposuction requires a small incision near the site to be suctioned; incisions may be small enough that they do not require any stitches. Once access is gained to the fatty tissue, a surgical vacuum is used to remove fat. If large volumes are removed from one area, Dr. Fine may recommend the use of compressive garments after surgery to aid in the healing process.