Liposuction, a form of lipoplasty, is a procedure in which localized excess fat deposits are surgically removed using suction. All liposuction techniques require small incisions near the treatment area. A small tube called an injection cannula is inserted through the incision to infuse saline and loosen fat, which is then sucked out with a surgical vacuum, leaving the nerves, vessels and connective tissue behind.

Liposuction can be performed in an office-based surgical facility or a hospital. The size of the area to be sculpted will determine whether local or general anesthesia will be used.

Initial healing will include swelling, numbness, bruising and general soreness. It is necessary to wear a compression garment to help with the recontouring process, as patients can expect significant skin shrinkage and reshaping in the area that was treated. Overall healing will continue for several weeks as swelling dissipates and shrinkage occurs.

The best candidates for liposuction are nonsmoking, healthy individuals without medical conditions that might impair healing. Specific goals for body contouring are also beneficial for a successful result.

For more information or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Stice, call 402-758-5500.