What Is Liposuction Procedure?

Liposuction was first developed in the late 1970s to remove undesired fat from nearly all body areas, including the face, neck, arms, chin, breast, abdomen, hips, flanks (love handles), inner and outer thighs, buttocks, and knees. Developed by Dr. Kline, the tumescent liposuction technique revolutionized the liposuction procedure and make it possible to have the procedure performed in-office setting. Tumescent provides local anesthesia to large volumes of subcutaneous fat and thus permits the procedure with minimal bleeding and a larger volume of fat removal. The use of tumescent technique allows surgeons safely and effectively remove deep and superficial layers of fat under local anesthesia with relatively little discomfort. If you are interested in the procedure, you can contact our office for further information.

How Does It Work?

Liposuction is the removal of excess fat with a small, straw-like instrument called cannula that is attached to a suction machine. The fat layer under the skin is converted to a network of tunnels, and the cannula is manipulated within the layers to remove unwanted fatty deposits, An elastic garment is then worn for compression and healing. The result is to sculpt and reshape the bulging areas into more attractive contours. Dr. Yuan offers power assistant liposuction for the purpose of large volume fat removal.

Liposuction can remove love handle

What Areas Can Liposuction Be Performed?

  • Abdomen central and lateral (love handles).
  • Lovehandle
  • Inner thighs. Outer thighs (saddlebags). Knees.
  • Arms
  • Lower back
  • Back of bra-line area
  • Male breast (gynecomastia)

Several areas can be combined into one procedure. There are limitations on how much can be done based on each person’s condition. Dr. Yuan will give you an individualized plan based on the goal you want to achieve.
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How To Prepare for Liposuction?

Before surgery, a complete medical history is taken and an examination is conducted in order for Dr. Yuan to evaluate your condition. Some people will not be candidates for liposuction and buttock lift procedures. Alternative treatments should be considered. During the consultation, we will go over the procedure and what results might be expected. The doctor will review alternative treatment options and explain the possible risks and complications that may occur. Photographs are frequently taken before and after surgery to help evaluate the amount of improvement.

What Are The Main Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction?

Dr. Yuan performs tumescent lipo with a tailored protocol to further decrease intra-operative bleeding and intra-operative discomfort. Patients can communicate with our physician for their discomfort level during the procedure. Majority of the 360 lipo and BBL surgeries can be done in this way without excessive discomfort.

When Is Liposuction Indicated?

Liposuction is most effective for removing localized fat deposits in body areas that do not respond to dieting or exercising. It will also be performed before buttock lift or BBL surgery to harvest the fat graft. The procedure is not intended as a substitute for medical weight loss or bariatric surgery but rather is a contouring procedure. It is best utilized in a program of exercise and optimal weight maintenance.

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Liposuction also has many valuable therapeutic applications and has been used effectively to treat medical conditions like non-cosmetic fat accumulation, such as gynecomastia (enlarged, male breast) and under some circumstances lipomas (benign fatty tumors).

Overall the most common reason for liposuction include:

  • Removing excess weight when diet and exercise aren’t enough
  • Professional or personal reason to maintain or improve body contour
  • Improved self-image and self-confident
  • Harvest fat cells for Brazilian butt lift procedure.
Liposuction and BBL Before and after

What Happens After Surgery?

Some of the local anesthesia which was injected into the tissue will remain in the tissue for 18 to 24 hours following liposuction surgery, greatly minimizing postoperative pain and any bleeding. The rest of the fluid will come out of the skin through the tiny incision sites. Absorbing padding to catch the extra fluid and an elastic garment is then worn for compression and healing. People should take a light walk and massage the area in a downward motion allowing the extra fluid to come out. Generally, the person will drain for about three days and then they are done with draining. The aftercare is just as important as the surgery and instructions must be followed perfectly. With the tumescent technique, there is minimal bruising, and many patients do not require postoperative medication for pain. Depending on the type of job you have, most people can return back to work within one week. No heavy exercise or aerobic exercise for four weeks, but light exercise is recommended.

How Is The Office Procedure Performed?

Liposuction can be performed in the doctor’s office facility, outpatient surgical suite, or a hospital. If general anesthesia is not otherwise indicated, its potential complications can be avoided by the use of local anesthesia (often used with light sedation) via the tumescent technique. This breakthrough technique refers to filling the skin with a local anesthetic in order to remove unwanted fat more efficiently.

With tumescent liposuction, large volumes of solution containing dilute lidocaine (a local anesthetic and dilute epinephrine (a drug to shrink capillaries and prevent blood loss) are injected with minimal discomfort directly into areas of excessive fatty deposits. Once the liquid is injected, a small incision is made in the skin, and a tube connected to a vacuum is inserted into the fatty layer. Using to and fro movements, the fat is drawn through the tube into a collection system. The tumescent method enables the surgeon to remove large amounts of fat more uniformly with fewer skin irregularities and less bleeding and bruising.

What Are The Limitations of Liposuction?

Liposuction is not intended as a method for weight loss procedure. It is used as a shaping procedure for areas where hereditary fat deposits and fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise have accumulated. The best results from liposuction occur in body areas where there is reasonable muscle tone, where the skin has good elastic quality. In the case where there is a significant loss of tone and elasticity, superior cosmetic results may require a combination of both liposuction and surgical skin tightening to remove the excessive loose tissue. Dr, Yuan can address the need for additional treatments depending on the specific condition of your skin.

Potential Side Effects and Risks

The tumescent technique liposuction is a remarkably safe procedure with few significant side effects. Studies have been published in many journals that reported no significant complications. But as any other surgical procedure there are potential risks come from tumescent liposuction. The risks relate to total fat removed and patients’ general medical condition. The chances are much less likely if you’re working with a professional in Montgomery County, PA, so you should have your liposuction done by a skilled cosmetic surgeon.  Unwanted effects of the tumescent technique, and liposuction in general, include:

  • Numbness
  • Infections
  • Scarring
  • Irregularities like lumpiness or dimples
  • Bleeding
  • Damage to nerves, muscles, and abdominal organs
  • Blood clots in deep veins
  • Fat embolization

Be sure to discuss proper aftercare with our team to avoid further complications. Because the tumescent technique is a less intense procedure there is less risk, but it never hurts to take extra precautions.

Interested In Liposuction & Body Contouring Services in Philadelphia and Reading, PA?

Our two office locations can be easily accessed through I-467 and Route 422 from Philadelphia, Reading PA, Cherry Hill NJ, and Wilmington DE. We’re happy to answer all of your questions. 

All clients need to have initial consultation in person or online. You have to be healthy or your medical conditions are under good control. Blood test will be done within one month. Some clients will need medical clearance before the procedure. Our medical assistants and the doctor will guide you step by step before and after the surgery.


Am I a Candidate?

While popular, liposuction isn’t for everyone. It is best avoided if you’re someone in Montgomery County, PA who:

  • Is pregnant or nursing
  • Has a blood clotting disorder
  • Has severe heart problems
  • Is a smoker
  • Has diabetes
  • Has a history of seizures

These are only a few examples of people who should avoid the procedure. To learn more about how lipo and body contouring can affect you and your chronic health concerns, get in touch with us at our King of Prussia, Pottstown, PA, or Reading, PA locations. You should also talk to your doctor before getting the procedure.

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Dr. Yuan Has Years Of Experience Performing Liposuction

The tumescent liposuction procedure is faster than the laser technique, and it can remove more fat volume too.  But it does take time, experience and patient for the procedure to give the best outcome. 

Remember that lipo is meant to aid in body contouring, not weight loss. Remember to continue to eat well and exercise even after your procedure. You can contact our team if you think the procedure will help you to fulfill your needs.