Even after the implementation of a disciplined weight loss and exercise program, certain parts of our bodies are notorious for holding onto fat, including the chin, midsection, thighs, hips, ankles and more. Liposuction is a surgery that is utilized to minimize these fat deposits, resulting in a slimmer, better-proportioned appearance.
Although liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the United States, it remains an invasive procedure and requires a high degree of skill to ensure natural-looking results. This is why those interested in the procedure should turn to an experienced, board-certified surgeon like Dr. Ahmed Abdullah who has performed countless successful liposuction surgeries throughout his nearly three decades as a plastic surgeon.
You are likely an ideal candidate for liposuction if you:
- Have found diet and exercise inadequate at slimming stubborn fat pockets
- Are at a stable weight and not significantly overweight
- Are physically healthy and do not smoke
The first step in pursuing liposuction is a consultation with Dr. Abdullah, who will perform a physical examination and gather information about your medical history. He will verify that you are in good health and inquire about your expectations of the procedure to determine if they are reasonable and realistic. Dr. Abdullah will provide you with detailed information about the steps involved in liposuction and the recovery process, while taking the time to answer each of your questions. If he determines that liposuction is an appropriate approach to helping you achieve your goals, Dr. Abdullah will develop a customized a treatment plan.
The Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery. Dr. Abdullah will then inject a “wetting solution” into the area to be treated, which is intended to reduce bleeding, bruising and discomfort. Small incisions are made and a cannula (hollow tube) attached to a vacuum pump is inserted into the skin and manipulated to loosen and remove excess fat. Finally, stitches are used to close the incisions.
Recovering from Liposuction
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis and, within a week, most patients are able to return to work. In the first few weeks after the procedure you will likely experience significant swelling. This will be improved through the use of compression garments, which should be worn 24/7 for a minimum period of 30 days. It takes many months for the tissues to normalize after liposuction, therefore, you should not expect to see final results of the procedure for at least 8 to 12 months.
Dr. Abdullah will provide detailed aftercare instructions, as well as options for pain control. In addition, he will provide contact information for he and his staff in the event that questions or concerns arise. Within approximately one week of surgery, you will have your first follow-up appointment with him.