Looking to lose weight fast? Then forget about liposuction. The main aim of liposuction is not to drop pounds but to reshape the body's contours, which translates into a difference in physical appearance of a particular part of the body. The best candidates for liposuction are normal to moderately overweight people with firm, elastic skin and pockets of fat in certain areas. For women, trouble spots tend to be the hips, the inner thighs, the sides of the knees, the tummy, and the underarms. For men, it's the belly button region and the "love handles" around the hips. Both sexes may also have excesses in the buttocks, neck, cheeks, and chin.
Liposuction involves inserting a blunt pipe through a tiny incision into a problem area's fatty layer and vacuuming out the fat cells. That layer of yellow fat cells is located in the space between the muscles and the skin. Once those fat cells are gone, they're gone for good. But it's up to you to maintain a good diet and exercise regimen, or fat may simply show up somewhere else. To prevent bleeding, physicians fill the operative site with a dilute solution of anesthetic and adrenaline. That solution turns off the blood vessels. For safety's sake, doctors closely monitor the blood pressure throughout the operation and take out only as much fat as can be removed safely without risking heavy bleeding.
During the procedure there are various types of anesthesia that can be used. If it is a relatively small procedure, local anesthesia can be used, numbing the areas that will be treated. In addition, intravenous sedation can be used to allow for a more relaxed state during the procedure. For patients who have more extensive procedures, regional anesthesia (usually an epidural block) or general anesthesia will be used.
You will be able to see a noticeable difference within a week after the surgery; however, improvement will become most apparent after about 4 and 6 weeks, when the majority of the swelling has subsided. On average it takes the body approximately 3 months for all of the swelling to disappear.