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Liposuction Eliminates Pockets of Unwanted Fat

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Despite having a healthy diet and regular exercise, many people have bulges of unwanted fat that just refuse to go away. The amount of fat that accumulates in certain areas can depend on a number of factors, including inherited traits, body type and lifestyle aspects.

Many of these men and women choose Liposuction to create a more slim and shapely appearance. Liposuction can be used to contour almost any part of the body, including the abdomen, flanks (love handles), hips, thighs, buttocks, back, upper arms, chest, neck, cheeks and jawline.

Liposuction is not a weight loss method, but a way to eliminate pockets of excess fat and complement a healthy lifestyle.

How liposuction works

Liposuction works by surgically removing excess fat with a suction device. This popular body procedure can be performed using local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.

To begin the procedure, Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Joshua Halka or Dr. Stephen Gunn at our Birmingham, Alabama cosmetic surgery center carefully marks the areas that will be sculpted with liposuction. Short incisions are made in natural body creases and in discreet locations, where possible, to minimize the appearance of scars. Your surgeon then uses a cannula, a small tube device with suction technology, to remove the fat.

Liposuction post-op and recovery

Temporary discomfort, bruising and swelling are normal following liposuction. These symptoms usually subside within a few days or weeks. Most patients wear a compression garment for a few weeks to help shape the new contours, provide support and minimize swelling. Dr. Gunn, Dr. Halka or Dr. Hedden will give you complete instructions on post-operative care.

You should see an improvement in your body shape soon after your liposuction procedure. Your full results may not become apparent for up to 6 weeks as swelling subsides and your new contour is revealed.

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