Diet and exercise are important but sometimes they simply aren’t enough. Persistent fat deposits can cling to problem areas like your hips, abdomen, buttock or thighs, no matter how much you exercise. If you have areas of fat that won’t go away, liposuction performed by Dr. Lorraine Golosow may be the answer.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction (or suction-assisted lipectomy) is one of the most frequently performed procedures in plastic surgery. During the procedure, fat deposits are removed in order to improve the contours of the body. Although liposuction is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise, it is sometimes the only thing that can remove localized fat deposits that don’t respond to traditional weight loss techniques.

How is it Performed?

During liposuction surgery, a solution consisting of lidocaine, epinephrine, and saline is injected into targeted areas prior to fat removal. This solution provides an anesthetic to decrease pain, reduces blood loss, and helps remove the fat easily. A narrow tube called a cannula is inserted through small incisions made in inconspicuous locations. The cannula breaks up the fatty deposits and suctions out the fat. The time required for liposuction surgery depends on the amount of fat to be removed and the number of areas treated.

Recovery

To control swelling, you may be fitted with an elastic post-surgical garment that you will wear for a few weeks. During the healing period, you are likely to experience some swelling, bruising and mild discomfort. Oral pain medications are provided postoperatively but many patients find that they aren’t necessary. The few stitches that are present will either dissolve or be removed in a week. After your liposuction surgery, Dr. Golosow and her staff will be available to support you and monitor your recovery process.

If you are interested in learning more about liposuction in the Ft. Myers area, contact our office today at 239-939-5233 to schedule a consultation.