What You Need To Know Before Liposuction?

When you first visit your plastic surgeon for liposuction, he or she will evaluate your health along with assessing your skin condition. After this, you will be informed regarding the options that are best for you. Once you agree on the option, your surgeon will provide you with instructions so you can prepare for the liposuction technique.

Liposuction is performed by creating small incisions in specific areas and then using a high vacuum suction device that is attached to a cannula to remove fat cells. Once the fat is removed, the small incisions will be stitched closed. Of course, then the incisions will be cleaned, dressed, and in some cases a compression garment will be used to help stop swelling that often occurs after surgery.

Types of Techniques:

There are different types of liposuction techniques, which include tumescent liposuction, and ultrasound assisted lipoplasty. Tumescent liposuction is the most popular technique. Your surgeon will inject a medicated solution into the fatty areas prior to removing the fat. The solution includes a local anesthetic, salt water, and epinephrine that contracts the blood vessels. The injection aids in fat removal while reducing blood loss and bruising while providing anesthesia during and after the surgery.

Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty is a liposuction technique that requires the use of a special cannula that creates ultrasonic energy. The energy will pass through the fat areas and cause the cells to liquefy. Then the fat will be removed in the same manner as the other liposuction technique.


Complications of liposuction surgery include the risk of infection, bleeding, pain, and swelling as well as effects of the anesthesia. However, in most cases the complications are minimal with very little problems after the procedure except for a bit of soreness at the site