What is Liposuction?
Liposuction (colloquially known as "lipo”) reduces and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat, thus improving your contour and proportion.
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
Liposuction is paired with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck, but is also available on a solo basis. Like a tummy tuck, liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.
It’s also not meant to treat cellulite or loose saggy skin.
Recovery for Liposuction
Dr. Suh’s team will apply medical dressings to your incisions. You may also need to wear an elastic bandage to minimize the swelling. If necessary, you may need a small, thin, subdermal tube to temporarily to drain any excess blood or fluid.
Dr. Suh will give you specific instructions for liposuction recovery including post-surgery care, medications, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to schedule a follow-up. Don’t forget to ask Dr. Suh specific questions about what you can expect during recovery, such as:
- Where will I be taken immediately after surgery?
- When will you remove my stitches?
- Will there be drains? For how long?
- When can I bathe or shower?
- When can I resume my normal daily routine?
It may take several months for the swelling to diminish.
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
You are a candidate if you are:
- An adult within 30% of their ideal weight and have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
- A healthy individual who does not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- A non-smoker
- Realistic with your specific goals for body contouring