Liposuction is a surgical procedure that has experienced multiple refinements over the last several years sometimes called Liposculpture, Lipoplasty. or Liposelection.

When liposuction is considered, our first thought is to objectively determine how much fat needs to be removed. This allows a properly planned surgery in terms of anesthesia, fluid replacement, and medications. During the procedure a certain finesse is required for a clear visualization of the desired outcome and a complete awareness of how much subcutaneous tissue is left behind. Therefore, just how much is suctioned is not the only consideration.

The tumescent technique is used; at times wet or super wet technique is used. All involve injecting fluid to distend the area to be treated. The fluid facilitates the aspiration, increases accuracy, decreases bleeding to negligible amounts and enhances the patient's comfort during and after the surgery. The meticulous recording of fluid volume, injected and aspirated, has allowed the development of a formula that enables accurate evaluation of the excess fat removed, thereby achieving good symmetry and a most satisfying outcome. Recovery time varies according to the extent of the areas treated, and the patient's general health. Many of our patients have been able to go back to work the very next day. This type of surgery has been most rewarding for our patients with great satisfaction as to the results achieved.

Liposuction requires a good knowledge of the anatomy because of the various areas that can be treated: thighs, abdomen, calves, arms, breasts, face, etc. Due to the magnitude of fluids administered and aspirated, a physician with a good surgical background is essential to make it a safe procedure. Because it is a procedure that involves alteration in shape and form ("Plasticos" in Greek), Plastic Surgeons are the true natural experts.

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