Liposuction surgery is a surgical procedure that breaks down and removes the layer of subcutaneous fat (the fat just under the skin) thereby correcting body lines and reshaping the body. Liposuction (also known as body sculpting) in areas known to be highly resistant to diet and exercise, is not a weight loss procedure but it is a way to remove a large amount of fat that does not respond to good diet and exercise regimes.
What areas are targeted in liposuction surgery?
Who are the candidates for Liposuction surgery?
Candidates for liposuction are healthy individuals who are at or close to the ideal weight, and they are also non-smokers.
Ideal cases are those with stubborn subcutaneous fat, where the fat is located between the muscle and the skin, not visceral fat, which has a layer of fat under a layer of muscle around the internal organs.
Also, the surgeons will estimate the condition of the skin of the potential case before recommending liposuction. Those with elastic skin are the ideal candidates for the procedure, while those with sagging skin or cellulite are not, as these conditions can affect the results of the procedure.
Is Liposuction surgery a way to lose weight? What is the importance of getting rid of fat?
Liposuction surgery is not a weight loss treatment. Instead, it is a fat-lowering procedure. The amount of fat that can be removed from the targeted area during a single procedure will vary depending on many factors, including the surgeon’s assessment of the condition’s health and aesthetic requirements.
How does the patient prepare for liposuction?
Plastic surgeons will provide instructions for the days leading up to the Liposuction surgery, but in general, it is very important to register a friend or family member who can assist with driving to and from the surgical center and assisting with post-operative care.
Certain medications such as aspirin and blood thinners may not be taken before the procedure. In some cases, blood tests are done well in advance to ensure that the client is a good student for anesthesia.
Eventually, on the day of the surgery, there will be a period when you should not eat or drink; This is generally about 12 hours before your operation.
What happens during Liposuction surgery? How is it performed?
First, the anesthesiologist will put you under general anesthesia. They will also make small incisions near the deposits of fat they are targeting before placing a cannula (a small, concave tube) into the incision to draw out the fat via suction (taking care to determine the correct and safe amount). Eventually, they will close the lacerations and stay put until you wake up as the anesthetic wears off.
This is generally an inpatient surgery, so while cases may be placed under general anesthesia, they are often allowed to go home on the same day of the Liposuction surgery.
What does the recovery process look like?
In the most extreme cases, the patient can return to work within several days and to all normal activities, such as exercise, in 2 to 4 weeks or less, although the recovery period and postoperative care vary depending on the area treated, the amount of fat removed, and the patient’s condition.
Following the instructions is the neat way to have as short and easy a recovery period as possible.
He may feel some discomfort. However, following instructions such as rest, water, and no smoking will make the recovery time faster and complications smaller.
The most common complications after surgery can include some swelling and bruising in the area of the procedure. The surgeon will provide some options for pain relief after surgery, as well as a list of pain relievers to avoid.
Common post-surgery instructions also include wearing a compression garment over the treated areas.
Questions to ask the surgeon
When choosing a plastic surgeon for this procedure, there are some important questions to ask that will help you determine if they are a perfect fit to help you reach your aesthetic ambitions.
- How important is your experience in Liposuction surgery? Asking how many procedures they have done and which body areas they target helps you understand the surgeon’s experience.
- What types of results can be expected? It may take several weeks for the swelling to disappear, for the skin to regain its normal position, and to show the final results.
- What is the surgery and recovery time? This will vary based on the amount of fat being removed, the target area, and the number of areas of the body being treated.
- Are there procedure pictures available to see? Reviewing the surgeon’s work with pictures of operations before and after liposuction can help you get a realistic sense of the surgeon’s work and results.
- What are the costs and financing available? The costs vary according to the case and the target area. Understanding the costs and payment options available to the patient helps him to plan the budget for liposuction.
- What are the care procedures in the target area? In many cases, compression garments are required. However, if one or more specialized care is required, your surgeon will guide you to plan special arrangements to be optimally suited to your recovery.
- Can Liposuction surgery be combined with other cosmetic surgeries to achieve more results? Sometimes, targeting fat alone is not enough to get the desired results. The combination of liposuction and tummy tuck gives great aesthetic results as sagging skin is eliminated.
What kind of scars are expected after the operation?
The cannula is a small instrument, and because of that, the scars are also small. The number of scars depends on the number of entry points required to treat the area.
Scarring also varies depending on the patient’s skin type. Surgeons will discuss ways in which they can reduce the appearance of scars by location and method.
What kind of results should the condition expect after the procedure?
Plastic surgeons can help you anticipate and visualize realistic results, as there will be some swelling and the skin may be loose. For this reason, it may take several weeks to months to see the full extent of the results of the procedure.
The fat cells that are removed during Liposuction surgery are permanently removed. It is important to note, however, that cases can still gain new fat cells, so following a healthy diet and life plan and exercising after treatment can help increase the new fat.