Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, and neck. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, it can help reduce stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight loss methods. The best candidates are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration; however, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.
Current research shows that there are four key elements related to experiencing successful long-term results from liposuction. It is important to understand, as the patient, you are responsible for three of the four: diet, exercise, and other positive lifestyle changes. Your surgeon is responsible for the fourth: a successful liposuction procedure.
A successful liposuction procedure should improve body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits. Once you are fully recovered and the swelling has resolved, which may take several months, the results can be satisfying.
Very satisfied patients are those who follow an appropriate diet and exercise regime and therefore usually do not gain weight. Patients who gain weight after a liposuction procedure usually are not following an appropriate diet and exercise regime and as a result tend to be less satisfied with their surgery results.
The surgery is a same day surgery done under general anesthesia and lasts from 1 ½-3 hours depending on the amount of liposuction being done. Recovery is usually another 2-3 hours, depending on your needs, before you are discharged home. You should be able to return to work in a few days depending on the level of activity required for your job.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
Plan to spend 30 minutes to one hour at your initial consultation with Dr. Mukerji. During this consultation, you will discuss your surgery goals, your plastic surgery options and go over the risks and benefits involved with your surgery. Your decision to have surgery is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is how you feel about it.
Prior to your consultation, make a list of questions. Many things will be covered during your consultation and it is easy to forget all the questions you had. Be sure to let us know if you smoke, the medications you take including vitamins, and any other health problems. Be aware that smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict which reduces blood flow, and the oxygen it carries, to the surgical area. When your blood supply is reduced, tissues heal more slowly and there is an increased risk of complications. If you smoke, Dr. Mukerji will let you know if you need to quit smoking prior to your surgery and for how long. If you are required to quit smoking prior to surgery, a nicotine test will be administered on the morning of your surgery.
Typically, most of our surgeries are performed in Newbury Park, CA under general anesthesia.