Stephen Weiland, M.D Cosmetic Surgery

Liposuction in Las Vegas Nevada – Lipoplasty

Liposuction is a medical procedure where fat is removed from the body. Liposuction can be used to make a person thinner or simply to reshape the body. While there are some different types of liposuction, the procedure essentially works by a machine sucking fat from the body. Though liposuction is a relatively routine procedure, it is a surgical procedure and it is important for patients to understand how the procedure is completed and what they can expect when having liposuction surgery.

About The Procedure

The purpose of liposuction is to reduce the amount of fat in the body and to reshape the body to be more attractive. Liposuction is performed by loosening the fat in the body through the injection of a solution into the fat. The solution contains different materials that not only loosens the fat but also numbs the area where it is injected and causes blood vessels to constrict. The numbing works to reduce patient discomfort and the constricted blood vessels reduces patient bleeding. In some cases, ultrasounds or lasers can also be used to loosen the fat. After the fat has been loosened, a thin metal tube is inserted into a small incision and used to suction the fat out of the body.

Candidates For Surgery

Almost anyone who wants to look and feel better can be a candidate for liposuction, but there are some medical conditions that make the procedure more risky. People with circulatory or respiratory problems are generally not good candidates for any type of surgery, especially elective procedures such as liposuction. Heavy smokers and drinkers are also not ideal candidates due to the effects of these substances on the body. As with any medical procedure, a patient should be fully honest with the surgeon about his or her physical health in order to allow the surgeon to properly educate the patient on the risks of the procedure.

What to Expect After Surgery – Recovery

Liposuction is an invasive procedure that involves removing fat from the body and patients should understand that there will be some pain and discomfort after the procedure. Regardless of whether a general or local anesthetic is used, a person who has liposuction will need someone to take them home as he or she will not be able to drive on the day of the procedure. A person who has had liposuction should not stay alone on the night after the procedure in case they need assistance. A compression garment is generally given to the patient to cover the area where the liposuction was performed. This garment will help to stabilize the area to reduce movement and pain, as well as to help reduce swelling. As liposuction removes fluids from the body, a patient will need to drink plenty of fluids after the procedure. In some cases, an IV may be needed to replenish fluids before the patient can leave after having liposuction. Oral or topical medications may also be needed to treat the surgical sites or to reduce the chances of infection.