Fat can be stubborn, kind of like the two-year-old rolling around on the floor of Ralph’s when his mom wouldn’t get him the Sour Patch Kids candy. No matter how much you work out or what changes you make to your diet, in certain areas such as the abdomen it is very difficult to get rid of pockets of fat. Just about everyone short of distance runners has at least a couple pockets of unwanted fat. Dr. Malamet can do something about it with liposuction. Liposuction removes the unwanted fat and slims the contour in the treatment area.
Not a new procedure
Liposuction has been used for around 35 years in the U.S., coming over from France and debuting in the early 1980s. The original procedure caused pretty extensive bruising that could last for months. This is because the original cannulas used were fairly large, and doctors needed to make a very aggressive back and forth motion with the cannula under the skin to break loose and then suction out the fat. Of course, this violence under the skin had its consequences — bleeding and subsequent bruising.
Since those days, liposuction has really improved due to new techniques and smaller cannulas. Dr. Malamet now does liposuction with the patient usually under local or twilight anesthesia. He first injects the treatment area with a saline solution that also contains lidocaine and epinephrine. The lidocaine minimizes any pain, plus it firms up the fat, making it easier to break loose. The epinephrine (adrenaline) causes the blood vessels to constrict. This limits blood loss and bruising. Dr. Malamet only makes very small incisions that become virtually invisible just a few weeks after the procedure. They are so small they don’t usually require any stitches.
Where is liposuction done?
With the newer gentler methods used, liposuction now can be done across the body. Dr. Malamet uses it to remove fat from the abdomen, buttocks, inner knees, thighs, calves, back, hips, bra line area, and under the chin.
After your session, you’ll wear compression garments for up to one month. These help your body adapt to its new slimmer contour and help the skin settle down where the fat underneath was removed. Bruising usually passes within a couple weeks, but there can be swelling for up to a month or so. Most patients can return to work in two or three days, unless they have had multiple areas treated.
Interested in liposuction with Dr. Malamet? Call our offices at 818-380-3130 for an appointment.