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Underlying Problem Requiring Liposuction:
Liposuction is the most common plastic surgery procedure performed in the U.S. Both male and female patients use is to remove fat deposits that are particularly resistant to diet and exercise. These areas are commonly found along the waist (or "love handles"), the neck, and the chin, although there are other areas where liposuction can be used to permanently remove fat from the body. The procedure is used to recontour a person's shape and is not used as major weight-loss tool. In fact, most procedures remove less than ten pounds of fat.

Treatment:

Patients will often undergo a local anesthetic and an IV sedative during liposuction, although, they are sometimes put under general anesthetic. During the liposuction procedure, a hollow tube, called a cannula, is inserted through a small incision. By moving it back and forth under the skin, the doctor is able to use it to scrape the fat cells away from the inside of the tissue. As the cells are loosened, they are sucked away be a vacuum.

In some liposuction procedures, the cannula will inject the tissue with an anesthetic like lidocaine to numb the area, as well as epinephrine, which will restrict the blood vessels and cause less bleeding.

Recovery from Liposuction:

Liposuction is most often done as an outpatient procedure. It will be performed a hospital, clinic, or even the surgeon's office. There will be discomfort following the procedure, which may be treated with some sort of painkilling medication. Some of the most common side effects will be bruising, numbness, and swelling, and it may take a few weeks for this to subside completely. Swelling may actually make it difficult to see the full extent of results for up to six months after the procedure.

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