Is Liposuction Safe? What You Need To Know Before Going Under The Knife
Still sweating it out in the gym to remove that unwanted saddlebag or love handles? If you’re getting tired of the workouts, you might be considering liposuction. But what about the misconceptions and horror stories about this cosmetic procedure? These misgivings can be attributed to the fact that liposuction is a frequently performed procedure, and the more people talk, the more inaccurate the perceptions become. Some perceived issues don't even exist. In this video, Dr. Bill Johnson answers the most common questions about liposuction.
Is Liposuction Safe?
One well-known case that involved liposuction was Donda West’s death a few years ago. She was the mother of the famous rapper Kanye West. What some people don’t know though is that aside from liposuction, she underwent a face lift and breast augmentation as well. If you look at the data for liposuction with local anesthesia alone, there has yet to be a documented death in the United States. Take note, this is from over several hundred thousand cases performed over the last twenty five years. So it's fair to say that liposuction a very safe procedure.
Does Liposuction Cause Rippling and Unevenness in the Skin?
One side effect of liposuction is the rippling or contour irregularity in the skin. Dr. Johnson explains, however, that when excellent technique and modern tools are used, you can do a really good job in preventing rippling. One procedure performed at Innovations Medical is SmartLipo. Aside from removing fat, it also provides collagen remodeling or skin tightening.
Does Liposuction just move the fat around?
This is false. According to several studies, about half the women who had liposuction will get an increase in their breast size. Other than along the bust line, there is no other area that increases measurably even with large volume liposuctions. So in context, you are able to successfully eliminate the fat from a selected area using liposuction and it doesn’t tend to come back.
Will liposuction cause scarring?
Previously scarring could be pretty bad. Nowadays, however, Innovations Medical uses modern techniques to minimize scarring. One technique is the use of a ceramic port that protects the wound as the liposuction is being performed. From the post liposuction images that Dr. Johnson shows, the scar is just very faint.
Are you a good candidate for liposuction?
Anyone who has an area of fat they don’t like can take advantage of this procedure. It doesn’t really matter if you are heavy or thin. If you’ve got a saddlebag, love handle or pot belly that you don’t like, you can come in for the procedure.
How long is the recovery time?
Liposuction is performed in the office under local anesthesia. After the procedure, there can be some swelling and bruising, but you can go home the same day. If you have a very active job, you may need to rest for a week or so. But if you’re just working in front of a computer or loading packages in a freight company, you can return to work in a day or two.