Liposuction in Everett, Washington

Liposuction is a minimally invasive way to remove fat from “problem areas” around the thighs, abdomen, trunk, and arms. It is particularly effective in patients who have achieved a stable, healthy weight but are bothered by certain areas of excess fat tissue. Liposuction does not address excess skin, so depending on the patient, liposuction may be combined with direct excision of skin.

What to expect: During your office consultation we will review your medical history and formulate a plan to address the areas of concern, making sure we discuss all options and the risks and benefits of each. Small areas are sometimes addressed without sedation or general anesthesia, but most liposuction surgeries are performed in the operating room under anesthesia. Through small incisions, tumescent solution is first introduced into the area where the liposuction will be performed to numb the area and to aid in the fat removal process. A specialized device is then used for the liposuction. The length of the Liposuction is dictated by the number of areas that are addressed, and most patients are able to go home after Liposuction.

The recovery: Compression garments are worn at all times for 3-4 weeks after Liposuction surgery. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort at the site of the liposuction are common but usually resolve after 3-4 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work 1-2 weeks after Liposuction surgery. Your postoperative course will be monitored closely by your surgeon and our staff.

Some of the unlikely complications: Contour irregularities are the most common complication after liposuction, but often these are minimized through use of the compression garment and allowing scar tissue to mature. Infection, fluid collections, or a hematoma may also develop, but these are rare. A complete discussion of the risks is always included as part of your consultation.

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