Liposuction may be the answer if you're looking for a way to contour your shape by getting rid of pockets of fat. Ultrasonic liposuction is one method used for this purpose. The ultrasonic sound waves break up fat so it can be removed more easily. This allows the surgeon to give your body better definition in problem areas such as your neck and abdomen. Here are a few things to know about this procedure.
Not For Weight Loss
Liposuction is not the solution to obesity. Instead, it is better used for shaping your body when fat has settled in places where you don't want it, and you can't get rid of it. If you are at a normal weight or somewhat overweight, but you have love handles, a pouch over your stomach, or a double chin, then you might be a good candidate for ultrasonic liposuction. This procedure destroys fat cells, and then they are removed from your body. Since the cells are gone, your body can no longer store fat in that area. If you gain weight, you'll store it in other locations. For that reason, it is a good idea to have issues with yo-yo dieting under control before you undergo liposuction.
Results May Not Be Immediate
Ultrasonic liposuction can be used to remove a small amount of fat from a localized area, or a larger amount from a bigger section of your body. If you have the procedure on an area such as your neck, you may notice results right away since there isn't much fat there to begin with. On a larger area such as your stomach, it will take longer to see the results. That's because you experience some swelling after the procedure, and this fluid replaces the fat cells that were removed. You'll have to wait for all the swelling to go away before you see the final results of the procedure.
How The Procedure Is Done
When your doctor performs ultrasonic liposuction, he or she inserts a small cannula through an incision in your skin. The cannula emits the ultrasonic waves to a precise location. This allows the doctor to target specific areas of fat deposits. The ultrasonic sound waves destroy fat cells by liquefying them. Then they are suctioned out of your body.
You may have some swelling, soreness, and bruising afterward. This is an outpatient procedure. You may be sent home with drains inserted, so fluids won't accumulate under your skin. You'll probably need to wear a bandage or compression garment for a few days. The recovery length and process depends upon where the procedure was performed and how extensive it was. It could take several days for you to resume all your normal activities, and several weeks before you see the results of your newly sculpted body.
For more information, contact an doctor's office such as Plastic Surgery Innovation PC.