What is spot liposuction?
A: That term identifies having liposuction on one little area the individual doesn’t like. This is a very small focus that requires only a little anesthetic. It can also be done after folks have had liposuction and find one tiny area of fat remaining they want removed.
Q: What forms of sedation are used for liposuction?
A: Shots can be given in the muscle to provide narcotics and anti-anxiety medication. They may be given by mouth or injected intravenously – the decision is up to the physician and the anesthesiologist
Q: Are there a variety of sizes of cannulas?
A: Initially, cannulas were 10 millimeters, that is 1 centimeter, more than a third of an inch in diameter.
Today, surgeons are using a cannula that is much smaller, about a sixteenth of an inch. A 10 millimeter cannula is about the size of a pretzel rod. Small ones used today are concerning the size of small pretzel sticks. How big is the insertion hole relates to the size of the cannula used in that area.
The openings of the cannulas may also be different. There are simplyrenting to work on deeper planes when surgeons need to get more fat out. And there are less aggressive cannulas for focusing on superficial planes, where they don’t desire to create indentations. The size used also depends upon the pattern, size, and number of the openings in the patient’s skin.
Q: Are sutures required after liposuction?
A: True tumescent liposuction is purposely done without suturing the insertion sites. This allows an exit for the fluid, permitting it to drain out. However, many doctors would rather sew the incisions closed with sutures.
Q: Is there scars when suturing is not used?
A: There are scars whether stitches are used or not, but they can frequently be treated in the future should they bother the patients. Oftentimes, they are hidden, so no one sees them to begin with.
Points To Remember
The dry technique, with general anesthetic and no injected fluids, had unwanted side effects and is no longer performed.
The wet technique uses injected fluids and is quite safe.
Tumescent liposuction uses injected fluids that cause tissues to swell and allow patients to remain awake during the procedure.
Tumescent anesthetic combines lidocaine to numb and epinephrine (adrenaline) to constrict blood vessels and minimize bleeding.
Ultrasonic liposuction heats and liquefies fat. The inner form requires special surgical skills; the external form may be used to liquefy fat ahead of treatment with tumescent liposuction.
Surgeons can remove fat with syringes or with machine-powered cannulas.
Powered liposuction uses a high-powered cannula that moves back and forth to create fat removal faster and easier.
High-volume liposuction, with removal of more than 4 or 5 5 liters of fat at one session, is not recommended.
Different forms of sedation can be found, administered orally or by injection.
Cannulas come in different sizes and leave different size insertion openings.
Some surgeons allow insertions sites to drain, while some sew them up with sutures.