Liposuctions works well to slim down stubborn fat pockets. At Family Medical Clinic, Vuthy Leng, MD, provides this minimally invasive procedure to men and women in Lakewood and Federal Way, Washington. Liposuction is commonly applied to areas like the buttocks and abdomen to create a slim and balanced appearance. To learn more about liposuction and what the recovery is like, call the office or book online.
During liposuction, a small, thin tube called a cannula is used to remove localized areas of fat from your body. Dr. Leng uses either local or regional anesthesia to numb the area to be treated. Then he marks the treatment sites and makes a small incision.
The cannula is placed in the incision and attached to a suction device that removes the fat. A session can last several hours if you’re having a lot of fat removed or multiple areas treated.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so you go home to recover on the same day as your procedure.
You should be in overall good health and live a healthy lifestyle before considering liposuction because liposuction is not designed for comprehensive weight loss. It’s best for localized areas of stubborn fat that are unresponsive to traditional weight-loss methods.
Many areas that hold on to fat even when you diet and exercise respond well to liposuction. These include the:
Talk to Dr. Leng about the areas that are troublesome to you to determine if they’re appropriate for treatment with liposuction.
While liposuction provides a slimming effect, it cannot change the appearance of cellulite or stretch marks.
After the procedure, you may have some minor bruising and pain near the incision site. Some people choose to take a few days off work following liposuction.
As you recover during the weeks after your liposuction, you’ll notice some contour irregularities as the remaining fat and tissue settle into place and swelling subsides. Your optimal results will be evident after a few months and you’ll look leaner and slimmer.
The results of liposuction are permanent as long as you maintain a healthy weight. If you do gain weight after liposuction, you may experience a different distribution of fat and may accumulate excess fat in areas other than the treatment area.
To learn how you can gain a slimmer physique with liposuction, call Family Medicine Clinic or book an appointment using the online tool.