Liposuction remains one of the most commonly performed procedures in body contouring surgery. However, the technique of weekend lipo-sculpting has become even more popular still.
With this technique, very fine Cannulas measuring sometimes less than 2 mm. are used to sculpt and contour the affected area of the body. This achieves the result of very fine sculpting with minimal trauma to the tissues. The procedure can be done under local anesthesia which means that the patient is awake but completely comfortable with minimal discomfort. If larger areas are to be treated or if patients are a little anxious then local anesthesia with very mild sedation can be used. This has the added benefit of giving the patient a very quick and easy recovery. There are no associated issues related to general anesthesia such as sore throat, nausea or vomiting post-op since there is no intubation with this technique. Patients recover very quickly and are often out of the recovery area within 30 minutes to an hour. The procedure is called Weekend Liposuction because very often it is performed on a Thursday or Friday and most patients can return to work by the following Monday.
Ideal Patient for Weekend Liposuction
The ideal patient for this procedure is someone who has a specific target area, such as the lower abdomen, inner thighs, the saddle-bag area or the love handles that do not respond to diet or exercise. The ideal patient will also have minimal stretch marks in the area so that when the sculpting is performed the skin can re-drape and conform to the newly sculpted area. After this procedure, you should expect to have a moderate amount of bruising that typically resolves after one week and swelling that usually lasts about six to eight weeks. Complications are very unusual since again this is done through very small incisions that are closed with internal sutures and usually heal very nicely and are not noticeable by three months post-op.
As always, liposuction is a very safe and excellent tool to treat specific areas in the body where fatty deposits do not respond to diet and exercise. The Weekend Liposuction procedures adds the benefit of a very quick and painless recovery and allows patients to return back to their normal activities much faster.