You may be a good candidate for ultrasonic assisted liposuction if you have deposits of fat in certain areas that are resistant to diet and exercise or if you want to change the contours of your body. Common areas treated with this procedure are under the chin, upper arms, armpits, male chest area, trunk, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. The ideal candidate will be healthy and a non-smoker. Smoking increases the risk of complications during surgery and impedes healing. If you are a smoker, you may be required to stop smoking several weeks prior to your surgery. Your doctor will examine your medical history and identify any underlying medical conditions that could increase your risks.
Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is a safer method of removing large amounts of fat than other liposuction methods. This is because there is less blood removed during this procedure. This makes ultrasonic assisted liposuction safe for moderately overweight individuals although it is not a weight loss method and shouldn’t be viewed as a substitute for healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Once you have recovered from surgery, you must be determined to lead a healthy lifestyle in order to maximize the results of your surgery.
Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is performed on an out-patient basis. General anesthesia is used for this procedure. Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas around the fat deposits. Small suction tubes or cannulas are inserted through the incisions where the excess fat is then removed. If your surgery requires large amounts of fat to be removed, your doctor may ask that you provide your own blood in the event you would need a blood transfusion during surgery. You may also be required to take iron supplements before the surgery. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction decreases the need that you will need to receive a blood transfusion.
Once your surgery is complete, you will be sent home and required to wear a compression garment over the treated areas. You will need to wear the compression garment for about a month following surgery in order to decrease swelling and to help you achieve final results more quickly. You will be given a prescription to manage pain and discomfort during surgery. Once the pain subsides, you may wear spandex or lycra exercise pants instead of the compression garment. Bruising and healing will be less visible 2 to 4 weeks following surgery. You will be able to see the final results of the procedure after 2 or 3 months once all swelling and bruising have disappeared. Your doctor will give you instructions regarding recovery, wound healing and follow-up care. You will also receive advice on what you should do should a complication arise. Some conditions can develop that require immediate medical attention and so it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions.
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Additional procedures that may enhance the result are of ultrasonic assisted liposuction are Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, or Buttock Lift.
Be frank in discussing your expectations with your plastic surgeon. He or she should be equally frank with you, describing the procedure in detail and explaining its risks and limitations.
This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
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