Now that we are more than halfway to the summer months, many people are looking back to their new year’s resolutions. At the beginning of the year, one of the most common goals that are made is to lose weight. This usually coincides with getting fit, though what that looks like is different for everyone. For the most part, what this resolution means is that a person wants to feel good about how they look. It also means that they’d like to feel good about how they look sooner rather than later. We’ve become quite accustomed to the concept of instant gratification! What can we say?
If your weight loss and fitness goals have not materialized the way you anticipated they would. Don’t go back to the drawing board. Continue with your healthy eating and exercise habits and also consider how a minimally-invasive liposuction procedure can get you where you want to be by summer.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the procedure that plastic surgeons perform to improve body contours through fat removal. You could call it spot-reduction at its finest. Patients of our office near San Jose undergo liposuction with general anesthesia to make them completely comfortable. Dr. Rosenthal utilizes ultrasonic liposuction to first loosen and liquefy fat cells and then remove them through a small cannula. The movement of the cannula creates tiny tunnels through subcutaneous fat while removing cells. The surrounding fat then collapses into these tunnels, creating a smooth layer.
After liposuction, a compression garment is applied to the treatment area and the patient is moved to a monitored recovery area. They remain here until they are alert enough to release to a loved one. At home, prescription pain medication may be taken for a few days to support optimal comfort. The compression garment helps with this also. By the end of the first week, surgical side effects including swelling, bruising, and soreness have usually diminished significantly and patients can return to work. Restrictions on strenuous physical activity may remain until 4 to 6 weeks post-op.