• What Is Liposuction?

    Liposuction is a procedure where fat is broken up and then extracted. The fat cells are generally removed by suction. The fat cells are removed FOREVER, but there is a catch!

    Fat cells that you can feel or pinch are generally plumped up. If you look at those fat cells under a microscope, they are cells with fat inside of them. You have plenty of fat cells, and some are plumped up, and some are not.

    Liposuction removes, permanently, the plump up fat cells. However, liposuction does not remove the fat cells that are not plumped up from your body. So, if you gain weight, you will plump up the fat cells that were left behind, and you will gain fat in the same areas as before!

    The incisions to do liposuction are small, typically about 3-4 mm long. I try to hide them in areas of the body that are hidden- within the belly button, groin crease, etc.

    Liposuction can be done in the operating room or the office, depending on the area, what technology is used, and how much fat needs to be addressed.

    Tumescent fluid is injected into the areas of localized fat deposits before starting liposuction. This fluid slows down bleeding and also gives some numbing effect. After waiting a certain period of time, I start doing the liposuction procedure. After an appropriate amount of fat is removed, and what I’m pinching is nicely thin and even, then I stop with the liposuction device, and close up the tiny incisions. I usually use just 1 suture knot per incision.

    You’re placed in a compression garment, so that your skin can tighten up after surgery. You will feel soreness after surgery, much like workout muscle soreness. Depending on how many areas of liposuction you need, you may need several days or more to recover and get back to work and your regular lifestyle.

    There are several different kinds of liposuction, including..

    traditional, which is mechanical breakdown and suction of fat

    ultrasonic, which melts the fat with sound waves, and then suction of fat

    laser based, which melts the fat with a laser, and then optional suction of fat

    There are several subtleties of liposuction, where to place the incision, and what technology is best for you. In future blog posts, I will address these issues.

    If you have any questions, or have any suggestions for future blog posts, please contact Caroline at info@drkim.com. I look forward to answering your questions and meeting you in person.

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