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Liposuction FAQs – Dr. Charles Perry

At Chrysalis Cosmetics, liposuction surgeon Dr. Charles Perry hears many questions about the body contouring procedure from patients. Here, he shares the most frequently asked questions and their answers.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction goes by many names, including liposculpture, lipoplasty and "lipo." It is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to sculpt the body by eliminating excess fat from under the skin.

What happens during the liposuction procedure?

Before starting liposuction surgery, Dr. Perry marks the areas on the body from which he will remove excess fat. The Sacramento plastic surgeon next administers whichever type of anesthesia that the patient and he agreed upon during the preoperative phase. The types of anesthesia available are local, general and intravenous (IV) sedation.

During liposuction surgery, Dr. Perry usually injects a tumescent solution, which is comprised of saline solution (i.e., sterile saltwater), local anesthetic and adrenaline, prior to removing fat. The tumescent solution induces the skin to swell and become firm. This makes it easier to remove fat, and causes less bleeding and bruising than conventional liposuction techniques.

Dr. Perry next creates a miniscule incision in the treated area. He inserts a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) through the incision, using it to eliminate subcutaneous (below the skin) fat deposits. During consultation, Dr. Perry will review the available liposuction options with patients. Together, Dr. Perry and the patient will decide on the most appropriate treatment protocol.

Can liposuction treat any area of the body?

Liposuction can treat most areas of the body, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, back, upper arm, chin and neck.

Who is a suitable candidate for liposuction?

Patients who are in sound health and have good skin elasticity are usually suitable candidates for liposuction. Suitable liposuction candidates must also be at, near or slightly above their desired weight, even though they have stubborn fat pockets that resist a well-balanced diet and consistent exercise.

Individuals who need to lose a major amount of weight, have poor skin elasticity or are looking to treat cellulite are not suitable candidates for liposuction.

What is the recovery period after liposuction like?

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so patients undergoing this body contouring surgery need a responsible adult to drive them to and from the surgical facility. The procedure takes about 2-3 hours, depending on how many regions of the body Dr. Perry is treating, as well as how much fat must be removed.

Directly after the liposuction procedure, bandages and compression garments are placed on the treated area(s). This reduces any postoperative swelling or bleeding. Patients need to wear the compression garment at all times for approximately three weeks after surgery, or as instructed by Dr. Perry.

Liposuction patients may be sore or numb throughout the treated area(s) for about 3-4 weeks, but the most intense part of the recovery period generally occurs in the first 5-7 days. Also, soreness, numbness and swelling are normal symptoms and will subside over time.

Those who have undergone liposuction in Sacramento with Dr. Perry will need to take about three days off from work or their usual activities. They should avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting and exercise for about three weeks after surgery.

Smokers must quit smoking for several weeks before and after surgery to encourage proper healing. For best results, liposuction patients must strictly follow all of Dr. Perry's instructions prior to and following the procedure.

Are results from liposuction permanent?

Liposuction is considered permanent in that the fat cells that Dr. Perry eliminates during the procedure will not come back. However, the remaining fat cells in both the treated and untreated regions of the body can grow larger with a moderate amount of weight gain. If this happens, the fat cells will once again contract once the patient loses the weight gained. That said, if patients gain a substantial amount of weight (i.e., approximately 10 percent or more of the patient's total body weight), new fat cells may grow, again, in both the treated and untreated areas of the body. That is why it is critical for liposuction candidates to be at a stable weight that they are confident they can maintain following liposuction.

To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Perry to find out more about liposuction, or other cosmetic surgery procedures available, please contact Chrysalis Cosmetics by calling (916) 273-7435 today.

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Chrysalis Cosmetics
3800 J Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, California 95816
Ph. (916) 273-7435
Fx. (916) 760-8218