Liposuction 101: Everything You Need to Know About Lipo

July 10, 2023


If losing fat from certain body areas seems impossible, you can most likely blame your genes. Each body has preferred areas for storing fat, including the hips, abdomen, and even under the chin. Liposuction targets these problem spots to get rid of the fat you’ve been fighting. 

Liposuction 101: Everything You Need to Know

Most people have heard of liposuction or lipo, but many people have misconceptions about this procedure. Liposuction uses small incisions to insert a cannula that removes fat with suction. In the hands of a skilled surgeon like Dr. Coville, liposuction becomes a tool for body contouring and enhancing your figure. Here are a few facts you should know about liposuction:

  • It is used for body sculpting, not for weight loss
  • It can be used safely on most healthy adults
  • It works almost anywhere people accumulate stubborn fat
  • It is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures
  • It has long-lasting results
  • It requires skill and artistry from your surgeon

How Does Liposuction Work?

Dr. Coville uses advanced liposuction techniques, including tumescent liposuction. During this procedure, the area is injected with a solution of sterile saline, a numbing medication, and another medication that prevents bleeding. This solution lets the cannula break up and remove fat more easily while preventing discomfort. It also constricts small blood vessels to limit swelling and bruising. Dr. Coville uses the cannula to shape the targeted areas according to the treatment plan developed before surgery. 

What is Recovery Like After Liposuction?

Most people experience some soreness after lipo that lasts a few days. A compression garment will support the area and help control swelling. Bruising usually fades within a few weeks, but you may have some residual swelling that lasts a few months. People with low-activity jobs can usually return to work within a week. If your job involves physical activity, Dr.Coville will advise you when you can resume your normal activities. Details of your recovery depend on factors such as the area treated and the amount of fat removed. 

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What Results Will I See With Liposuction?

You may see results immediately after your liposuction procedure. However, as the swelling resolves, full results will take several weeks. Your body cannot regrow fat cells, so fat removal with lipo provides lifetime results. Your remaining fat cells can still expand if you gain weight, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle will keep your results looking sculpted. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is safe and effective for most healthy individuals. Ideal candidates are close to their target body weight and lead a healthy lifestyle but want to target areas of stubborn fat. Liposuction is not intended to remove large amounts of fat for weight loss. You may not be a good candidate if you are pregnant or have certain medical problems. 



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