Many people who are considering liposuction feel like they have a million questions and very few places to find answers. Although it is a procedure that leaves minimal scarring and requires only small incisions, it’s still a major surgery that you should be very comfortable with before deciding to go ahead. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about liposuction.
Can liposuction be combined with other procedures?
Liposuction is very commonly combined with other cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks and mommy makeovers that focus on full body restoration after pregnancy and childbirth. Liposuction plays a vital role in sculpting the stomach when it comes to a tummy tuck.
What different types of liposuction are there?
There are a few different types of liposuction being performed today. These include power-assisted liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, VASERlipo and laser-assisted liposuction. Each method has its own pros and cons, and Dr. Wortham will help you determine which method is best for you.
How much fat can be removed in one liposuction procedure?
Recommended guidelines state that no more than 11 pounds of fat be removed in one liposuction treatment. The average is 4.5 pounds of fat extracted. By removing smaller amounts of fat in each treatment, the risk of complication stays very low. All of these factors depend entirely on each patient’s individual situation.
What is the recovery from liposuction like?
Almost everyone needs at least a week off from work and the challenges of normal daily routine. Since liposuction is an invasive surgery, there will be some swelling and bruising for a few weeks. Compression garments can help with this and speed up recovery time. It’s also important to begin walking as soon as the day of surgery, but strenuous exercise should be avoided until healing is closer to complete.
If you’re considering liposuction and have any other questions or would like to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Wortham’s office at the Cosmetic Surgical Arts Center at 425-276-7103.