What is a Liposuction?

Suction assisted lipoplasty, known as liposuction, is a technique which assists in sculpting a patient’s body by eliminating unwanted pockets of exercise and diet-resistant fat from such areas as the buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, breasts (including male breasts), back, arms and neck.

Liposuction technique is commonly paired other procedures to create a desired shape and is one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures.

When liposuction is performed, there are specific limitations as to how much tissue can be removed. Additionally, the areas treated with liposuction may accumulate fluid and have significant bruising. Bruising will improve over several weeks. During this time, it is recommended that compression garments be worn to assist in minimizing fluid build up.

What to expect from surgery?

Bruising is extensive after liposuction. At about the third day after surgery, expect the area to be a deep purple, which will travel with gravity outside of the surgical area and be noticeable for 3-6 weeks. Permanent color changes are possible, such as a darker “stained” area, especially in older patients, but this is unusual. Sun exposure can lead to permanent darkening and should be avoided, especially for the incisions, for 3-4 months after surgery. Using sunscreen on the scars will help minimize exposure.

Possible complications from surgery

Complications with brachioplasty include but not limited to seroma, paresthesias (numbness) of the arm and wound formation. Although these complications are rare in comparison to other body contouring procedures, they remain a source of morbidity if they occur.