Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis, with general anesthesia used for comfort and safety. Dr. Stall makes tiny incisions in the problem areas and inserts a thin suction device, also called a cannula, to suction out the fat deposits. An anesthetic and saline solution is used to define the area and allow Dr. Stall to be precise in sculpting the specific area and also helpful in minimizing swelling and bleeding.
You will be sent home with a compression garment covering the treated area. We recommend compression for about a month after the procedure to reduce swelling and help achieve a smoother result. Once your pain and soreness decrease, you may find it more comfortable to wear spandex or lycra exercise pants. Any initial discomfort can be easily controlled with oral medications. Bruising and swelling will generally diminish in 2 to 4 weeks. You can expect to return to work in 5 days and see final results within 2 to 3 months.
Deciding if liposuction is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Stall. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. If you're interested in more information on liposuction or would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 804-282-4940.
Liposuction is considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by health insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. Our billing specialists can help you make financial arrangements, including providing information on financing liposuction through Care Credit®.