Liposuction in the Inland Empire

Liposuction is a very common, popular procedure; it is designed for the permanent removal of fatty tissue, which is underneath the skin and may include cellulite. It is an elective procedure that allows the plastic surgeon to remove undesirable, subcutaneous fat in isolated areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas include the hips, thighs, abdomen, knees, ankles, face and neck. Liposuction is most successful in people with good skin tone who have fatty deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity. If weight gain occurs following liposuction, the fat will be deposited in areas that have not been treated. The procedure can be repeated, if necessary.

The liposuction procedure can be done in the office for smaller area incisions, while larger area incisions are done on an outpatient basis under conscious sedation or general anesthesia in a hospital or surgical center. A cannula is inserted within the small incision and attached to a suction machine. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure may last up to an hour or longer.

During the recovery process, expect swelling and bruising in the following 2 weeks post-surgery. Special garments will be provided to apply pressure, minimize swelling and provide support during your healing process. As soon as swelling subsides you will be able to immediately see results and will continue to improve as swelling diminishes. The day after surgery, you should be able to be up and walking around and will be able to resume normal activities within the next 2-4 weeks, while returning back to work after 3-5 days. It is important to be increasing your daily activity to ensure that you will be back to full activities after the 2-4 weeks. It is also important to avoid any direct sunlight until all bruising has subsided, wearing sunscreen should be worn and used routinely.

While the results of liposuction are permanent, it may be recommended that multiple treatments are done to achieve fully desired results. If a large amount is gained post-surgery, you may notice rippling within the treated areas depending on your skin elasticity.

Speak to our board certified plastic surgeon to go over any questions and concerns that you may have with the procedure and ensure you are in your best health pre-surgery date to ensure a healthy and fast recovery. If you’re interested in getting liposuction with Dr. Punjabi, please call our office, Terracina Surgical Arts at (909) 798-9950 to schedule a consultation.

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