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Liposuction

Facial Liposuction

Facial Liposuction improves the contours of the face by removing resistant fat deposits. It is generally performed as an out-patient procedure and can be performed with techniques which infuse targeted fat cells with saline solution to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Commonly targeted areas include the chin, cheeks, neck and jowls. Side-effects include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness or fluid drainage. Potential complications range from asymmetry and skin rippling to discolorations, infection, and nerve injury. Patients generally return to work in one to two weeks, and back to strenuous activity within a month. Results are permanent.

Lower Body Liposuction

Lower Body Liposuction improves body contours by liquefying and vacuuming away fatty deposits. Commonly targeted areas include the buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. The procedure is generally performed on an out-patient basis, but more extensive approach may require brief hospital stays. Patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, drainage, numbness, soreness or a burning sensations.

Potential complications include:

  • Asymmetry
  • Skin rippling or discoloration
  • Fluid retention
  • Bleeding
  • Excessive fluid loss leading to shock (only in cases which result in significant tissue removal)
  • Infection

Patients generally return to work within two weeks and to strenuous activity within a month. Swelling and bruising typically subside within one to six months, but those side effects are minimized with tumescent techniques. The results are permanent with sensible diet and exercise.

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