Now a household name, liposuction has evolved over the last several years due to advanced technology. Dr. Malek performs Scottsdale liposuction procedures as a medium of artistic expression to help each patient attain complete satisfaction with his or her appearance. Liposuction is a method of removing fat from stubborn deposits beneath the skin to help reshape and contour your figure. A liposuction procedure may also be used to debulk certain areas, such as the abdomen and thighs, which will “jump-start” your on-going exercise program and help you meet your fitness goals. For those patients wanting smoother lines and more appealing curves, liposuction can be extremely rewarding.
Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body's contour by removing excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscle. Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula. The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin. Fat removal is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse and thus result in an improved body contour.
All modern-day liposuction techniques use a tumescent technique, which refers to an injection into the fat layer of a combination of sterile saline, numbing medication (lidocaine) and epinephrine that controls bleeding and lessen the toxicity of lidocaine.
Liposuction is commonly used to treat areas including:
While liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a weight loss solution, it is a valuable tool for improving specific trouble areas of the body which have stubborn fatty deposits. Liposuction is ideal for people who are in good, healthy shape and are struggling with a specific area of their body which, for whatever reasons, has been resistant to change through diet and exercise alone. Liposuction candidates are preferably adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. Liposuction procedures are great for healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing. It is also important that the liposuction patients have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of surgery. In order to maintain the results of liposuction, you need to follow healthy lifestyle habits. Dr. Malek will help you decide if you are a candidate for liposuction and will also recommend healthy lifestyle habits post-surgery.
Our Scottsdale patients can typically expect to recover quickly from their liposuction procedure. There will inevitably be some bruising and inflammation in the treated areas. Dr. Malek will suggest a compression garment to cover treatment areas once your procedure is completed. These help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours. In addition, some patients will have small, temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.
During recovery, most patients are able to stay relatively active. Within just a few days post-op, patients can return to their daily routine. Strenuous activities will have to be postponed for a few weeks and patients are urged to stay out of the sun until the bruising fades. It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate and for complete results to be visible.