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Body Contouring/Liposuction

Liposuction sculpts and smoothes body contours by eliminating the fatty deposits that resist diet and exercise. Liposuction may be coupled with other procedures to treat specific areas of the body, face or neck. Results are best with good skin elasticity and a close-to-ideal body weight.

Procedure: Variable time in surgery, depending upon the number of areas treated. A cannula, a hollow tube, is inserted through a small incision. The physician uses the cannula to separate the fat from the skin and remove it through attached suction. Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) uses an ultrasound probe to liquefy fat. It requires a larger incision. Click here for procedural renderings.

Anesthesia: Usually sedation with local anesthesia. Sometimes general anesthesia.

Length of Stay: Larger volume liposuction frequently requires an overnight stay.

What to expect: Oral medication relieves the initial discomfort of swelling and tenderness. Numbness near the surgical site or sites is temporary. You’ll wear a specially designed compression garment to support the area while it heals.

Resuming Activities: Plan to return to work in a few days, and resume more strenuous activity in 2-4 weeks. Full recovery may take 1-6 months or longer.

Duration of results: Your new contours are permanent as long as you avoid significant weight gain.

Risks: Infection, rippled or baggy skin, asymmetry, sensory or pigmentation changes may occur. All surgeries carry risks associated with anesthesia.

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Robert J. Knowling, M.D., F.A.C.S.
at The Cosmetic Surgery Center of Huntsville

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