The Basics of Liposuction

Dr. Kevin Johnson’s Advanced Aesthetics

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Liposuction is a beneficial tool for both women and men as they pursue their cosmetic goals at my Spokane and Coeur d’Alene locations. Understanding the basic techniques involved in this popular procedure can increase any person’s overall comfort level prior to undergoing surgery. Although techniques vary among surgeons, most traditional liposuction procedures follow a similar pattern.
Once a person is considering this procedure, it’s important to look at various surgeons’ websites. A number of doctors offer complimentary consultations for people who sign up on online. Liposuction consultations generally consist of defining a person’s cosmetic goals, reviewing all medical history, and outlining the general steps involved in the procedure.
Depending on the area of the body a person would like to address, a series of small and relatively unnoticeable incisions are made. A thin tube, known as a cannula, is inserted under the skin and moved back and forth in a gentle motion. Fat is dislodged from the body, and then suctioned out through the cannula.
Additional techniques, such as Smartlipo™, are used to increase a person’s results and overall comfort level during recovery. This laser-assisted liposuction procedure liquefies fat deposits to reduce swelling and bruising after surgery. Although women and men will vary in the extent of liposuction required, most people can feel confident with this understanding of the procedure prior to undergoing surgery.

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