Trunk Liposuction is a gender-affirming body contouring procedure for patients looking to reduce the fat that accumulates around the waistline and above the hips. This technique is often discussed as a part of body feminization surgery (BFS), formerly referred to as MTF body contouring, because it creates a lower and a more cinched or contoured waistline in patients, which can approximate a waist-to-hip ratio commonly associated with a typical first estrogenic puberty. This article informs patients what the liposuction procedure in our state-of-the-art San Francisco facilities consists of, as well as the subsequent recovery process.
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The surgical process is fairly straightforward. Most of our patients are put under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make very small incisions near the area you wish to contour. Through these incisions they will insert a thin suctioning tube (known as a cannula) which will act as a vacuum to remove excess fat.
Once the appropriate amount of fat has been removed, your surgeon will use fine sutures (if necessary) to secure your incisions. Your abdominal region will then be wrapped in surgical gauze and an elastic compression garment to minimize post-surgical swelling.
The entire procedure is usually completed in about an hour. Though most patients are able to return home the same day of surgery, you will need someone to pick you up and drive you home.
Most patients have a smooth recovery. It’s normal to experience some bruising and discomfort during the first few days. Swelling after surgery may last for a few weeks. To control any temporary discomfort, you may receive a prescription for pain medication.
It’s important to take the first couple of days off from all regular routines to rest and recuperate. Within a few days however, you should be able to resume light activity – and after about a week you should be able to resume work and other social routines. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting, however, should be avoided for about a month.
Though trunk liposuction is typically a safe and successful procedure, all surgeries carry a degree of risk and uncertainty. Mild discomfort is common, as well as swelling, bruising and temporary numbness. Irregularities or uneven results are also possible; however this complication is minimized by the very small cannula used during trunk liposuction.
Serious complications associated with liposuction are rare, but may include infection, fluid build-up, nerve damage or blot clots. To prevent serious complications from occurring, it’s important to be as healthy as possible before having any liposuction done and to always choose an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon like those at our practice.
If you are worried about potential risks or have additional questions, we would be happy to discuss them with you during a personal consultation.