Liposuction is often a viable option for Orange County residents who want to lose body fat but have struggled with conventional weight-loss methods. Although it is not a substitute for diet and exercise, liposuction can eliminate certain fat deposits and change a person’s proportions that result from heredity.
Liposuction can be performed safely in the office of a cosmetic board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Tony Nakhla at OC Skin Institute. Tumescent anesthesia, which consists of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine, is used to numb the surgical area prior to treatment. Small incisions are made into the skin so that a cannula can be inserted. A cannula is a tube that resembles a straw and is used to suck fat out from beneath the skin. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that can be completed in a single office visit.
Compression garments are worn by patients to reduce swelling after surgery and during recovery. Patients are usually cleared to return home 30 minutes after their procedures. Most bruising and swelling should subside after one week. On average, patients can resume normal activities after five to seven days following surgery. Most people notice differences immediately after this cosmetic procedure, but the final results are usually visible six months after swelling has gone away.
A cosmetic dermatology specialist can evaluate patients who are interested in liposuction and let them know if they are good candidates. Contact OC Skin Institute to learn more if you are interested in a more permanent weight loss procedure like liposuction.