What is liposuction?
Liposuction is the removal of unwanted fat from the body. Typically, it is any fat that does not respond to diet and exercise.
What is the liposuction procedure like?
A very small incision is made through the skin. A device called a cannula is inserted through the incision. The cannula heats the fat, liquefies it, and vacuums it out of the body.
How is Power Assisted Liposuction different from regular liposuction?
Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) uses a more advanced type of cannula that heats and removes the fat faster. The procedure is completed quicker than traditional liposuction, which results in less trauma to the body and less recovery time.
What results can I expect?
You can expect a slimmer, better-contoured body. Liposuction only removes existing fat – it does not prevent new fat from developing. However, most patients find the procedure the “first step” towards a new lifestyle of proper diet and exercise.
How long will the results of the liposuction last?
The specific fat that is removed will never return. Only diet and exercise can prevent new fat from developing, however.
Is there a scar?
Because the liposuction procedure does involve a small incision in the skin, there will be a scar. However, in most cases, the scar will be minimal. The amount of scarring – and where the scar is located – depends on how much fat is removed, and the areas of the body it is removed from.
What is the recovery time?
This depends on the amount of fat removed, and the location where it is removed. Most patients feel sore for about two weeks but are able to get back to normal activities within a few days.
Is liposuction for me?
If you are in general good health, and have excess fat that does not respond to diet and exercise, then liposuction will probably be beneficial for you.