Liposuction helps recontour and reshape the body by removing areas of localized fat deposits.  Sometimes, despite proper diet and exercise, the body accumulates excess fat leading to unpleasant bulges in the thighs, abdomen, buttocks, love handles, arms and other areas.  Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures.  While liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite or obesity, it does help treat focal areas of excess fat deposits.

How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure.  IV sedation or general anesthesia is administered, and discreet incisions are made near the affected area.  Local anesthesia is infiltrated prior to introducing a thin, hollow tube, known as a cannula, into the fatty deposit.  Using a controlled back and forth motion, the excess fat is loosened and then removed via suction.  Dr. Belz assesses symmetry and fat thickness carefully to avoid contour deformities.  A compression garment is placed at the end of the procedure.  Dr. Belz will discuss your area(s) of concern, review the procedure, risks and benefits, and post-operative course during your personalized consultation.

Will there be any bruising after a liposuction?

Bruising and swelling may occur after liposuction but usually improve over several weeks.  Many individuals return to work after one week, however strenuous activity should be avoided for approximately four to six weeks or until released by Dr. Belz.

Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Belz. She is ready to provide you with personalized care and feminine perspective to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.