Liposuction

About the procedure

Liposuction is a procedure that is used by plastic surgeons to improve the contours the body. Liposuction is not weight loss surgery, it is a way to selectively remove fat cells from specific parts of the body so that the body can be sculpted and reshaped. During liposuction, fat cells are mechanically disrupted by a special type of instrument called a cannula, and are then removed from the body via suction. Sometimes, in order to help disrupt the fat cells so that they can be removed, special types of liposuction machines that use laser, ultrasound or mechanical assistance can be utilized.

During the procedure, Dr. Hirsch will first inject a solution that minimizes blood loss and reduces pain into the area that is planned for liposuction. After allowing time for this solution to take effect, Dr. Hirsch will then insert the liposuction cannula and sculpt the desired area of the body. Because the solution that Dr. Hirsch injects minimizes pain during liposuction, liposuction can often be performed under sedation rather than general anesthesia! After the procedure, Dr. Hirsch will place a compressive garment over the area of liposuction, and this will remain in place for a few weeks. Patients can usually go home the same day as liposuction as well.

After surgery, patients usually experience mild swelling and occasional bruising of the areas of liposuction, depending on how much fat was removed. Compressive garments can help minimize these effects. Pain is usually mild, and patients can return to work and regular activity quickly following liposuction.

Frequently asked questions about liposuction:

Can I have liposuction combined with other procedures?


Liposuction can certainly be combined with other procedures. Frequently, liposuction is used in combination with abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reduction, and other body contouring procedures.

Why do I need to wear a compressive clothing after liposuction?


Wearing a compressive clothing after liposuction helps reduce swelling and bruising after liposuction surgery. Spanx, Under Armor, and other similar compressive clothing are effective.

Do I need to have general anesthesia to undergo liposuction?


At the beginning of the liposuction procedure, Dr. Hirsch will inject a solution that contains a numbing medication. Because of this, once the medication is injected, you will only feel pressure as Dr. Hirsch performs liposuction so liposuction can be performed under sedation without general anesthesia.

Additional resources about liposuction



Feel free to browse the following links to learn more about liposuction:

http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/liposuction.html

Dr. Elliot Hirsch

Meet Dr. Elliot Hirsch

Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Elliot M. Hirsch has been educated at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country, including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California, and Northwestern University. He is an active researcher and has published over 40 original papers and book chapters, and holds patents for his inventions in plastic surgery. Dr. Hirsch’s specialties include not only aesthetic surgery, but reconstructive surgery with special attention to aesthetic detail to ensure that patients achieve the best possible results.

To read more about Dr. Hirsch, please visit his extended biography page.


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