What are the Steps of the Liposuction Procedure?
Liposuction, also known as a suction lipectomy, is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, but this may change based on the type of surgery and the extensiveness of the treatment. In a typical procedure, Dr. Balinger follows the steps below.
1. Anesthesia administered
The surgeon’s anesthesiologist will administer either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure your comfort and safety during the treatment. Feel free to discuss the choice of anesthesia at one of your pre-op consultation visits.
2. Place incision points
The incision points will be marked, and a tiny incision will be placed for the best access to the fatty deposits. A cannula is attached to a special suction pump and is then inserted into the problem areas. The unwanted fat is then carefully removed from the area.
3. Close Incision
After all the desired contouring has been completed, the surgeon will close the incision using tapes, sutures, clips, or adhesives. The treated area will then be protected with a compression garment to limit swelling and speed healing.
The duration of surgery can vary greatly depending on the type of procedure and the extent of the sculpting procedure. You will be given full aftercare instructions and will be released to return home under the care of another adult.