What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body shaping procedure that is done to eliminate stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is a very versatile treatment, and can treat many areas of the body, including the thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, upper arms, back, inner knees, calves, cheeks, chin, neck, and more!

Who is a Good Candidate?

Patients who have targeted areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, have good skin elasticity, and desire a more proportionate, sleeker body contour can often benefit from liposuction. Patients should be near their goal weight, and be healthy, non-smokers. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss solution for those who are obese.

What to Expect

Liposuction is performed using a small, thin tube called a cannula, which is inserted through small incisions. The cannula will be moved back and forth to break up fat deposits, and a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula suctions out the excess fat. The tumescent liposuction technique is also a popular choice among patients. This technique involves injecting a special solution of local anesthetic, lidocaine, and other medications before suctioning out fat, which causes the blood vessels to shrink. This minimizes the amount of blood loss and post-surgical pain.

Results

During the liposuction procedure, patients can expect to have drains inserted. These drains will need to stay in place for about a week to help collect any excess fluids from the body during recovery. Special compression garments will also need to be worn to lessen any swelling. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. The exact amount of downtime needed will depend on the invasiveness of the surgery and individual anatomy. It is important to follow Dr. Howland’s post-op instructions for a safe recovery experience.

If you are interested in liposuction to eliminate stubborn areas of fat, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Howland. We serve patients in the Salt Lake City and Draper, UT areas.