Love handles and saddle bags are two of the most stubborn areas of the body to treat with diet and exercise. Love handles are deposits of excess fat occurring at the sides of the waistline and they are particularly common in men. Saddle bags, on the other hand, are rolls of fat located on the sides of the thighs and they are a common trouble spot for women. Fortunately, when diet and exercise fail to banish those troublesome areas, liposuction can help.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical solution designed to remove excess fat from areas of the body like the buttocks, thighs, hips, abdomen, upper arms, calves, or lower back. There are many different liposuction techniques available today, with two of the most popular being traditional liposuction and SmartLipo. Traditional liposuction uses a cannula, which is a thin metal tube, to manually break up the fat before removing it with suction. SmartLipo is performed in a similar fashion, but it has a laser attached to the cannula that will vaporize the fat and then suction it out of the body. Smartlipo is a more technologically advanced procedure and it is considered to be less invasive than its traditional counterpart.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Good candidates for liposuction include men and women who are in good health and very close to their ideal weight. While some people think that liposuction is for weight loss, it is actually not recommended for weight loss at all. The liposuction procedure is considered to be a body contouring or sculpting procedure that is best used to remove excess fat that has proven resistant to diet or exercise. It is good for eliminating trouble spots like the love handles and saddle bags. If you are still in the process of losing a significant amount of weight, then it is recommended that you postpone the procedure until the process has been completed.
Traditional liposuction is often performed with general anesthesia, but SmartLipo is commonly performed with local anesthesia. Both techniques can take several hours to complete. With traditional liposuction, the physician may inject the target area with a solution to reduce bleeding and swelling and then make a small incision through which the cannula is inserted. This is manually manipulated to break up the fat before suctioning it out. SmartLipo is performed in a similar fashion, but the cannula is attached to a small laser that will vaporize the fat prior to it being suctioned out. The laser also helps to tighten the skin to some degree. SmartLipo is considered to be a minimally invasive alternative to traditional liposuction, but both have the potential to achieve positive results for patients.
Patients often find that they can return to work and other normal activities after two to four days with SmartLipo. Recovery often takes a little longer with traditional liposuction. It will be possible to see the results of the procedure immediately, but the body will continue to heal during the subsequent weeks and months. After the procedure, the physician may provide a drain to help the body heal from the procedure and to prevent fluids from building up. The physician can also provide some mild painkillers to prevent any type of discomfort after the procedure.
The results of liposuction are long lasting, but they do require you to continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and a nutritious diet.
Renowned facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ran Rubinstein, at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists of Newburgh, New York. Their center is the only specialty plastic surgery practice in the Hudson Valley area that includes an on-site joint commission certified surgical suite. Please contact Dr. Rubinstein at their office by calling 845-863-1772 to schedule an appointment.