Kind of Like a Roomba for Your Fat

Roombas are cool. They go about their business, continually vacuuming up unwanted stuff off your floors, and you don’t even have to do anything.

Wouldn’t that be awesome if you could have a Roomba for your unwanted body fat?

The next best thing is liposuction with Dr. Fedele. Liposuction removes unwanted pockets of fat permanently with relatively little recovery time.

It came from the 80s

If you thought nothing good came out of the 80s with its neon colors and Debbie Gibson songs, you’d be missing one thing — liposuction. The procedure was developed in France and received FDA approval to come into the U.S. market in the mid-80s.

The original procedure was pretty traumatic for your body. The doctor had to move the cannula (the suction tube) back and forth quite violently under the skin to break loose and suction out the unwanted fat. The result of this movement was bleeding and extensive subsequent bruising. Patients could still show signs of bruising a couple months after the procedure.

That was then, this is now

Today liposuction has come a long way. It is far less invasive. For instance, patients used to be put under general anesthesia for liposuction, but now only local anesthesia is needed. Plus, the procedure can be much more targeted and effective. Early liposuction could result in uneven areas, even dimpling on the skin surface. That is no longer the case.

Dr. Fedele uses the tumescent approach with his liposuction procedures. He first injects a saline solution that also has lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine (adrenaline) into the target areas. This has numerous benefits: the liquid makes the fat easier to break up and remove; the local anesthetic keeps the patient comfortable; and the adrenaline constricts the blood vessels to minimize bleeding and subsequent bruising.

And since today’s cannulas are quite small, the incisions needed to insert them are small as well. Most incisions now don’t require any stitches, needing only a small bandage to heal.

If you have unwanted pockets of fat (and we all do), let’s get rid of them with liposuction. Call Dr. Fedele at 216-464-1616 to make your appointment.

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