What is Involved With Liposuction Surgery?

Published: March 2, 2017

The liposuction procedure is typically done under adequate anesthesia to allow your surgeon to do the very best job possible. For larger areas, this will be a general anesthetic. While local anesthesia can be used for smaller areas, there are limits to the area that can safely be done with this technique. Our surgery is done in our on-site, fully accredited and licensed specialty facility.

The typical procedure may involve, the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, knees, or even ankles and sometimes all these areas. It is common that surgery will take from 1 – 3 hours and patients wear a compression garment for 3 to 6 weeks post-operatively.

There are many techniques for fat suction, some involving dissolution of the fat before aspiration. The board certified and board eligible surgeons of Edina Plastic Surgery are well versed in all these methods and will be able to review your options and come up with a safe, effective and realistic plan to help you achieve your goals.

After a liposuction procedure patients can usually return to completely normal activity within 4 to 6 weeks, but a certain amount of swelling may be present for up to 6 – 9 months. It is common to not lose weight (because of swelling) for 2 weeks or a little longer. It is important to follow instructions during this time to get back to a normal life style and speed swelling resolution.

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