At our offices in Rochester also serving Buffalo and Syracuse, liposuction is used to remove localized deposits of fat, helping sculpt specific areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs, knees, abdomen, buttocks, upper arms, neck, chin, and cheeks.
The Liposuction Procedure
In a liposuction procedure, a thin tube called a “cannula” is inserted through a tiny incision, and is used to suction out the layers of fat underneath the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth through the fat during the liposuction procedure, breaking up the fat deposits and vacuuming them out. If you are having liposuction performed on a number of areas, your surgeon will then move to the next site, keeping any incisions as small and unobtrusive as possible.
Advances in Liposuction Technology
Since we first began using the procedure in the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse area, liposuction has benefited from several technological advances. Newer, more advanced procedures, including ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty and the tumescent technique, are helping our plastic surgeons to provide patients from Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester with liposuction in which the results are more precise and the recovery times quicker. Liposuction cannot replace a healthy lifestyle and good eating habits, but it can help you get rid of stubborn concentrations of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise.
- Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty makes use of a special cannula that produces extremely high-frequency sound waves. As the cannula moves back and forth through fat deposits, the ultrasonic energy liquefies fat by destroying the walls of the fat cells. Liquefied fat is then vacuumed out quickly and easily with the cannula, in the same manner as traditional liposuction.
- The Tumescent Technique helps reduce the post operative bruising, swelling and pain that accompany a traditional liposuction procedure. When performing tumescent technique liposuction, your surgeon will inject a large amount of liquid anesthetic into the areas of excess fat, causing the area containing the fat to become swollen and firm, or “tumesced.” This expansion of the area around the fat deposits allows the liposuction cannula more freedom of movement as it removes fat beneath the skin. Blood loss is minimized in tumescent technique liposuction, so there is less likelihood that a blood transfusion will be necessary.
Please contact our cosmetic surgery practice in the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse area with any liposuction questions. Liposuction can also be performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty and breast reduction. We can help you decide which technique is right for you.
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