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For many people, weight gain is a natural part of life that comes with decreased metabolism, the stresses of modern life, and the occasional indulgence in foods that are less than healthy. Even if you put in the hard work to improve your diet and exercise regularly, there might still be some stubborn areas where the fat simply refuses to come off.

To resolve a problem like this, Dr. Otis Allen can perform a liposuction procedure. This can often be performed at our Bloomington, Illinois, clinic in a single outpatient appointment.

This involves making a small incision in the skin of the stubborn area. Your surgeon will then insert a special tube called a cannula into the local fatty deposits. A modest suction will carefully extract the fatty tissues.

The total duration of the liposuction procedure will vary depending on the area and the volume being removed. This will also influence the level of sedation the surgeon recommends. For a small area like the cheeks, he might only use an injection of local anesthetic. For a larger area, such as the abdomen, your surgeon might recommend deep sedation. Should this be the case, you’ll need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your treatment.

Your cosmetic surgeon will explain any other postoperative care requirements, such as the cleaning and care of a potential drainage tube.

If you live in the Bloomington, Illinois, area and you have a stubborn area of your body that needs adjustment, you should call 309.827.3881 to schedule a consultation at Institute for Plastic Surgery.