How to Prevent Uneven Liposuction Results


Since the goal of liposuction is to create smooth, sculpted results, it’s important to take every precaution in preventing the chance of unevenness during surgery. Although primary examples are discussed below, taking a cautionary approach throughout surgery is necessary for achieving an optimum outcome.
Causes of Irregularity
Irregularities essentially result due to non-uniform fat aspiration. However, there are other contributors to potential contour irregularity as well:
• Improper planning: A good surgery begins with an appropriate level of planning; in liposuction, this means using accurate markings to denote high spots, low spots and placement of natural contours to serve as a guide throughout surgery.
• Uneven infiltration of tumescent solution: Infiltration must move firmly and systematically from the deep plane to the superficial, feathering out at the edges of the target area.
• Overresection: An overly aggressive approach can remove too much volume too quickly, resulting in dips and indentations that a more meticulous technique could have avoided.
• Underresection: Failing to remove an appropriate volume of fat can leave comparative high spots behind after surgery. However, it’s important to keep in mind that underresection is easier to correct than overresection; when in doubt, err on the side of conservative.
• Lack of Cross-Tunneling: Cross-tunneling at right angles helps prevent contour deformity; unidirectional tunneling can leave grooves and channels behind, creating a visibly wavy surface pattern.
While liposuction may not be counted among the more technically complex of cosmetic procedures, that’s not to say there isn’t a certain finesse required during the surgery in order to ensure positive results. By taking the time at every stage of the procedure to ensure best practices are being met before moving forward, uneven liposuction results can be dramatically reduced or avoided entirely.
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon