Liposuction

Liposuction is the second most common cosmetic procedure being performed in the United States. Significant changes have occurred in the past decade regarding Liposuction procedures.  The major change has been the use of tumescent fluid reducing the bleeding, bruising and recovery time.  The second is the use of laser, ultrasound and other potential skin tightening procedures.  At Linea cosmetic surgery we perform Tumescent Liposuction and Laser Liposuction using the Lipotherme Laser.  Having performed over a thousand Liposuction procedures using Smartlipo, Smooth Lipo, Cool Lipo and other lasers, Dr. Stiller will discuss the best option of Liposuction and expected results.  Both men and women seek liposuction to improve areas with excess fat that don’t seem to be benefited from diet and exercise.
This is the time for you to become comfortable with Dr. Stiller and the staff at Linea.  You should express your desires and expectations for the surgical procedure.  Dr. Stiller will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical technique.  Dr. Stiller will go over the risks and potential complications of the procedure and will explain the pre-operative and post-operative process.
Although unusual, every surgical procedure as potential risks and complications.  Below is a list of potential risks/complications of liposuction:

  • Bleeding-As with any surgery, bleeding is a risk. This may form a blood collection called a hemotoma and may require drainage. It is important to discuss any history of excessive bleeding of family history of bleeding.
  • Infection-Infection is relatively uncommon. Antibiotics will be given to you during the surgery and will usually be taken after the surgery
  • Asymmetry-There may be asymmetry in some areas.
  • Contour irregularities
During your consultation an explanation of pre-operative and post-operative plan will be reviewed. You will be given a list of medication to avoid taking two weeks prior to the operation. A Linea staff member will contact you a few days before the surgery and notify you what time you are expected to arrive for your procedure and discuss any last minute details. At this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask any further questions. Continuing a healthy diet and exercise is very important prior to surgery. Smoking must be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Do not eat or drink eight hours before your surgery.  You should wear a button down or zipper front shirt and sneakers.  Do not wear sandals or slippers.  You will meet with a member of our staff to prepare for surgery.  Dr. Stiller will see you prior to your surgery to answer any final questions and meet family or friends.  You will meet with our anesthesia provider to discuss anesthesia.  For family or friends that accompany you, we have a lounge area to comfortably pass the time.  You will need someone to drive you home after the operation and stay with you the first 24 hours after the surgery is completed.
A Liposuction can be performed awake, with sedation or general anesthesia.
You will have post-operative dressing and a compression garment.  The compression garment should be worn for two weeks all the time, followed by two weeks during activity.  You will likely feel tired and sore for a few days following liposuction, but we will want you walking immediately after the surgery.  Most of your discomfort can be controlled by prescribed pain medications.
Depending on your job, you should be able to get back to work in a few days.  Dr. Stiller will direct you regarding resuming exercise and normal activities during your follow-up evaluations.
The decision for a Liposuction is a very personal choice.  The most important thing is how you feel.  If your goals have been met, then your Liposuction was a success.  However, it is very important to continue follow-ups as recommended by Dr. Stiller.

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