Liposuction

Liposuction surgery (Suction-assisted Lipectomy or Liposculpture)

Fat cells are the body's reservoir for energy. They also serve a protective function and play a major role in temperature regulation. Fat cells are positioned throughout the body, beneath the skin and surrounding organs, and other vital structures. Genetics may play a role in some areas of fat deposition such as the hips, and thighs; these areas can be especially difficult to reduce through diet and exercise. Difficult-to-treat areas can be reduced surgically by liposuction.

Liposuction (suction-assisted lipectomy or liposculpture surgery) is a technique that uses a vacuum device attached to small probes that remove fat through inconspicuous incisions. Fat cells are literally sucked away, allowing Dr. McKane to reshape or recontour the body.

Liposuction surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the areas that are being addressed. Liposuction surgery is well suited for an accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. The facility offers convenience and privacy in comparison to cosmetic surgery performed in a hospital or medical center, while remaining safe and effective. If a patient has significant medical problems, or if large volumes of fat will be removed, Dr. McKane may prefer to perform his or her procedure at the hospital.

Liposuction surgery can be used to treat nearly any area of the body. Both men and women of good health can benefit from this cosmetic surgery procedure. Liposuction is ideally suited for patients who eat well and exercise, and in whom stubborn fat deposits remain despite their best efforts. Since the procedure addresses volume by removing fat only, the skin must have satisfactory tone for it to be successful. It is a very effective modality for treating the neck, stomach, waist, hips, and thighs. Other areas that it can target include the arms, buttocks, knees and calves. Liposuction can also be used to treat gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) in men.

Recovery from liposuction surgery generally takes seven days before patients can return to work. The body will experience some swelling following surgery that may take several weeks to resolve. Elastic garments are used during this time period to help contour the treated areas. Massage and manual lymphatic drainage are also useful to treat swelling following the procedure.

Many patients undergo liposuction surgery each year without experiencing a complication. However, you should be aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with this procedure. Postoperative complications such as permanent numbness in the operated region, bleeding, infection, fat or blood clot in the blood vessels, and the need for a second operation are uncommon. Additional problems associated with liposuction surgery include asymmetry, lumps or irregularities of the skin, and fluid collections. By closely sticking to Dr. McKane's advice on follow-up care during the healing process, the risk of complications can be minimized. In addition, smoking is strongly discouraged for four weeks before and after the surgery

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DR. BRICE W. MCKANE

Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-504
Dallas, TX 75230

Office:  972-566-3939
Fax:      972-566-3999