Liposuction

Why Liposuction?

If you have localized fat deposits on the abdomen, hips or thighs, and your skin is otherwise youthful and firm, you may want to consider liposuction from skilled surgeons at Virginia Mason, in Seattle.

This procedure involves making a small incision and inserting a hollow tube that can be manipulated by the surgeon deep within fat pockets. A vacuum-pressure unit then eliminates unwanted fat.

Depending on the extent of fat to be removed, liposuction takes anywhere between 30 minutes and several hours. Typically, it is performed on an outpatient basis, under regional or local anesthetic.

Recovery occurs gradually after liposuction. You can return to work in a week, wearing a snug elastic dressing to control swelling and bleeding, but should avoid strenuous activity for a while. Most swelling and discoloration will disappear within a month or two after surgery but some signs may linger for six months or more.

The best candidates for liposuction are physically and psychologically healthy, of relatively normal weight and under 50 years old. The procedure is not recommended for people who have had recent surgery on the area to be reshaped, experience poor circulation or have any major medical problems.

Realistic Expectations from Liposuction

If you're thinking about either abdominoplasty or liposuction, it's important to realize that the surgery will not automatically give you an ideal body. You still will need to eat sensibly and get plenty of exercise.

Nevertheless, most patients are pleased that they decided on abdominal plastic surgery and feel that the long-term benefits outweigh any short-term discomforts. They often report a greater sense of self-worth and generally feel more attractive.

Schedule an appointment at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center.