Many wonder if it is necessary to undergo liposuction surgery,especially in the case of flanks. Flanks on the abdomen are often enlarged and it can be difficult for the patient to find relief from the symptoms. Some flanks,called jowls,will actually push up the abdomen,making matters worse. Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from the flanks and will make the jowls less prominent. If you are considering liposuction surgery on your flanks,here is some information about this procedure.
There are many benefits to liposuction surgery. It can be used to remove excess fat from a variety of problem areas,including the hips,thighs,buttocks,abdomen,face,and back. However,liposuction surgery is most effective for removing pockets of fat in a specific area. This method is also referred to as lipoplasty and lipocele.
The results of liposuction surgery much like tummy tuck surgery will vary,depending on several factors. Fat deposits may be removed completely,or portions of it may be removed. This surgery can be done under local or general anesthesia. Recovery from liposuction surgery generally takes one to three days,depending on the amount of fat removed and the extent of the surgery. Some discomfort may be experienced,but most people report that the discomfort is not severe. In addition,some swelling may be present after the surgery,however it usually disappears after a few days.
Because liposuction is elective plastic surgery,your insurance may not cover it. Typically,the surgery is covered if it is performed for health reasons and if the patient is well post-operative. Liposuction is typically performed on an outpatient basis,although some procedures may require hospitalization if there is a need. It is important that if you have post-surgical complications,you contact your surgeon right away. Also,if you experience pain or bleeding following your liposuction surgery,you should contact your surgeon immediately to ensure that your condition is properly treated.
One of the most common problems requiring liposuction surgery is a liposuction lipocele. This is caused when fat collects in a liposuction lipocele and does not discharge when the surgery is performed. Typically,a patient who has this condition undergoes a liposuction procedure because the lipocele could be creating a pool of blood which makes it possible for the body to overheat,which could cause organ dysfunction.
Most cases of a lipocele will clear up without any treatment and are no cause for concern. There are a few potential side effects that patients with certain medical conditions may experience. Fat that is picked up during a liposuction procedure may appear bumpy or irregular and is more visible to the naked eye than one that does not contain liposuction fluid. If this is the case,you may be advised to have it looked at by a plastic surgeon. Other possible side effects include swelling,bruising,allergic reactions,and pain. Any of these side effects may be rare,however they may occur.
A second condition requiring liposuction surgery is liposuction of the lymph nodes (LN). Liposuction of the lymph nodes is very rarely done. This is because lymph nodes contain fatty tissue,which can block an incision in surgery. Also,liposuction of the lymph nodes does not usually change the overall appearance of the body; however,it may affect mobility. Some people who have liposuction of the lymph nodes experience swelling,bruising,or an allergic reaction.
Another condition requiring liposuction surgery is liposuction of the testes. When a male with a male sex hormone imbalance that is known as male pattern baldness has male hormones,testes may become swollen with fluid. The testes themselves may become sore and inflamed. These are some of the most common reasons for liposuction of the testicles,but there are others.
Bruce K. Smith,M.D.
1315 St Joseph Pkwy #940,Houston,TX 77002