We’re steadily making our way toward warmer weather, which means many people are double-downing on their health and wellness goals. The resolutions that were made only a few months ago often don’t end with wanting to feel better. Often, the hidden goal in there is that we want to look better. Wanting to look better often also has a deadline, “I want to look good this summer.” Whether spoken or not, this expectation can start to feel a little stressful right about now. If you’re feeling the frustration of your body not responding to diet and exercise like you’d hoped it would, come talk to us about liposuction. This procedure may be far easier than you’d ever imagined.
What is Liposuction?
You may know liposuction as a surgical fat-removal technique. That is a very basic description, though. Dr. Tattini has been using the SAFE Lipo technique for the past several years. This procedure has been shown to achieve more consistent, precise results with fewer risks, such as overcorrection or contour irregularities. The SAFE Lipo technique uses a power-assisted liposuction device that loosens fat cells with oscillation so they are removed more easily and with less trauma to surrounding tissue. Liposuction is one of our most common procedures, and this technique has maintained an excellent success rate for our patients.
What happens after liposuction surgery?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure but is unlike many other procedures because it does not trim away tissue as most surgeries do. The process of removing fat with power-assisted liposuction is so accurate and gentle that it can often be performed using only local anesthetic. If patients receive general anesthesia, they are monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist throughout their procedure. Once the anesthesia has begun to wear off, patients are taken home by a loved one to continue their recovery.
After liposuction, it is common for swelling, bruising, and soreness to occur. The treatment area may feel tender to the touch, as well. A compression garment can be worn to minimize these side effects and also to help fat cells shift into new contours after liposuction. By the end of one week, comfort should be improved enough to resume most normal activities. Minor limitations on strenuous exercise may remain until 4 to 6 weeks post-op.
Liposuction can achieve slimming effects that last indefinitely with good diet and exercise habits. The procedure may be the ideal path to getting through a fitness plateau and achieving the contours you want by summer.