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Liposuction surgery was developed in Europe and first performed in the United States around 1983. Dr. Ott performed the first liposuction procedure in Florida in early 1984 after taking the first ASPS authorized course on the procedure. He continues to find it a safe and effective technique when performed on suitable patients. In fact, Dr. Ott has never had a complication from liposuction. However, it is not an operation for obesity. In fact, the removal of unsafe quantities of fat have resulted in serious complications including death.

The best candidates are those who have problem areas where they store fat out of proportion to the rest of their bodies. Liposuction removes fat and the fat cells that store fat. Those fat cells are gone forever so even with weight gain, the increase can’t go disproportionately to those previous problem areas.

Liposuction techniques are heavily marketed by companies that make instruments and machines that they claim give better results. While ultrasound and laser make the procedure easier to perform for the surgeon, they do not produce better results but do increase the risk of complications. Utrasound can damage blood vessels, lymphatics and the skin and the laser has been shown to damage tissue far removed from the operative area. Also, the American Society of Plastic Surgery has not advocated the use of these highly marketed techniques over safety concerns and the fact that there is no evidence they enhance the results.

Liposuction is performed by Dr. Ott under general anesthesia on an out patient basis. Special garments are worn to apply gentle pressure on the operative sites and patients can usually go back to normal but non strenuous activities within a few days to a week. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled by oral medications.

While an immediate improvement is noted shortly after surgery, it takes 6 to 8 weeks to see the final result.