Liposuction in Denver, CO
Liposuction is a fairly minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to remove localized areas of fat from the body, performed through a small thin tube called a liposuction cannula (looks like a hollow knitting needle). The fat from the targeted area is suctioned from the body through the cannula to help patients achieve a slim and balanced appearance.
While the conventional liposuction procedure was effective in removing excessive fat deposits, it was a painful procedure that involved suctioning out large areas of solid fat. New technology has allowed for different techniques that improve the accuracy and reduce the pain associated with this procedure. Today, liposuction is usually performed via the tumescent technique, which breaks of fat cells and also provides for temporary profound numbness and vasoconstriction (less bleeding), making it easier to suction the fat, allowing for more fat to be suctioned safely and providing for less post-operative pain. Additionally, smaller cannula caliber size and the judicious use of ultrasound tipped cannulas, add to the beneficial results. These technologies have transformed liposuction into a much safer and less invasive procedure.
Candidates for Liposuction
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good overall health and maintains a healthy life, but has one or more problem areas with unresponsive fat deposits. It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations, and remember that liposuction cannot be used as a means for weight loss. It is instead used to remove localized areas of stubborn fat strictly for appearance and only after the patient has attempted other natural weight loss methods. In fact, since fat, volume-to-volume, weighs less than water, significant weight loss is not appreciated after liposuction even though large "volumes" are removed. This operation is a sculpturing procedure, not a weight loss procedure.
Liposuction can be used to treat localized fat deposits within the:
- Chest (in males)
- Inner Knees
- Buttock Crease
There are several different techniques currently available for patients seeking liposuction treatment in Denver, CO. New technologies have improved the accuracy of this procedure for both patient and doctor, and allow patients to achieve their desired results through a much less invasive procedure. Liposuction is performed through a tumescent technique, and may also include the assistance of an ultrasound tipped cannula.
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Several tiny incisions are made and an infusion of the tumescent fluid (which contains saline with a local anesthetic and a local vasoconstrictor called adrenaline) is performed into the space to be suctioned. This tumescent fluid expands the fat territory, breaking up fat cells thereby making it easier for volume removal. After the tumescent fluid has been injected, and allowed to percolate, various size liposuction cannulas are then inserted through the same incisions and the fat is suctioned. The tiny access incisions are closed and a surgical garment placed.
Recovery and Results
After the liposuction procedure, patients experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated areas. A compression garment is worn for at least 6 weeks to help reduce these symptoms, as well as potential ripples and dimples, while the areas heal. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
Dr. Bershof will give you special instructions on how to care for your treated area to help reduce any complications after the procedure. The results of the liposuction procedure may not be completely visible until after swelling and bruising subside. This may take several months, and results will appear gradually throughout this time.
The results of liposuction can be long-lasting, as long as patients maintain a healthy and active life. If substantial weight is gained after this procedure, the results may be altered, such as re-depositing fat in the areas already suctioned, or depositing fat in other areas.
Although liposuction is considered safe, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. Some of these risks may include infection, scarring, allergic reactions, hematoma, ripples, dimples, unevenness, asymmetry or unsatisfactory results. Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in Denver and is almost always performed with no serious complications.
You can minimize potential risks by choosing an experienced doctor and by following instructions before and after your procedure. To learn more about the liposuction procedure by Denver plastic surgeon John Bershof, MD, we encourage you to call us today and schedule a consultation.