Liposuction (Suction-Assisted Lipectomy, Liposculpture, Lipoplasty)
Unfortunately, despite proper diet and exercise, contour irregularities can persist. Although this procedure has many pseudonyms and the procedural techniques have several variations, liposuction addresses fat accumulation that can result in uneven contours. Liposuction addresses excess fat through means of suctioning through small incisions. Because a requirement of liposuction is that the skin must have adequate elasticity to shrink back into place after the excess fat cells are removed, not every patient is a candidate for this procedure alone. A compression garment is worn post-operatively to assist in attaining the optimal contour. Common sites of liposuction include the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and neck.
The tumescent technique, which involves injecting a high volume of a dilute anesthetic solution, is often used in conjunction with liposuction to reduce post-procedural pain and bruising. In addition, other liposuction modifications which Dr. Pathy frequently utilizes include traditional liposuction as well as Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL), the latter of which makes use of a rapidly vibrating device that can target certain challenging pockets of thick tissue.
Each procedure is individualized to the patient, and a combination of techniques is frequently used to achieve the ideal result.