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Liposuction

Liposuction surgery is aimed at reshaping and tightening the body. The goal is not weight reduction. Liposuction is a good solution for those seeking a solution to the aesthetically unpleasing and conspicuous fat tissue that has formed around the natural contours of the body. The procedure is performed in a very simple manner. The areas to be suctioned are initially injected with a special physiological solution that helps in minimizing bleeding. With the help of thin cannulas of various lengths, liposuction is performed on the deep fat layers. The insertion sites in the skin through which these cannulas are inserted into the body are extremely small and highly inconspicuous.
Light liposuction in isolated and small areas on the body can be performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation. Larger treatments in size and number must be performed under general anesthesia.
The maximal volume of fat tissue that can be suctioned is 5-6 liters. This volume is considered a safe amount, with complications extremely minimal. Duration of surgery is variable and highly depends on the number and size of areas to be suctioned.

It is recommended to refrain from using any blood thinners at least 2 weeks before surgery.

This surgery is not suitable for those with great amounts of excess weight because the maximum amount of fat tissue that can be removed will not be sufficient to result in any noticeable difference in body form. Furthermore, those with extremely high weight are in a higher complication risk group for surgery. It is recommended that one maintain a consistent weight for at least 3-6 months before surgery.

Liposuction is suitable for anyone with a moderate amount of excess weight with good skin type who wishes to tighten and define various areas and contours of the body. The surgery is also for those who maintain excess amounts of fat despite efforts to lose weight via exercise and physical activity.
It is not recommended to have this surgery performed before the age of 18, and one should wait until physical development has been completed and steady weight is maintained. If the patient is a woman who plans on having more children in the future, note that the results of liposuction surgery may be altered with pregnancy.

Fat tissue (adipose tissue) is highly responsive to changes in weight, and therefore any variation in weight of 5 kg or more may cause an increase in the amount of fat tissue on the body and subsequently alter the results of surgery.

Fat Reduction

Note that liposuction surgery is not a substitute for dieting or physical activity. The results of surgery can be highly accentuated with an accompanying exercise regimen.

During the pre-surgical consultation, various aspects of the patient are examined, such as overall weight, amounts of fat deposit within areas to be suctioned, skin type and quality, any existing cellulites, body asymmetry, etc. On the day of surgery, the areas that are to be suctioned are marked like a topographical map. Liposuction can be performed on various body areas, such as the hips, waist, back, abdomen, outer and inner thighs, inner knees, arms, chin and neck, and others body areas.

Note that any fat tissue that is suctioned may be re-injected into the body, such as the face (filling concavities, wrinkles and folds, facial areas for augmentation such as the cheeks), into the buttocks for overall definition, and other deficient areas on the body.
Before the suctioned fat is re-injected into the body, it goes through a process of filtration and refinement.

At the end of surgery the patient is dressed with specialized elastic garment that she or he is to wear for at least one month. This special clothing is meant to keep the areas operated on “tight” and minimize any fluid accumulation. Furthermore, it helps in reducing any swelling and edema.

Recovery from liposuction is quick. The initial healing period may be accompanied by local tenderness, swelling and edema, skin bruising, and local changes in sensation. All these possible symptoms disappear within the first few weeks after surgery. One may experience a small bloody-appearing discharge from the incision sites within the first few days after surgery. This is normal and should not cause any alarm.

It is recommended that one avoid physical exertion for at least 2 weeks after surgery.

The final results from this surgery become apparent only after several months, once all swelling and edema has subsided. It is possible that skin overlying suctioned areas become less smooth than skin over areas not suctioned. If any cellulite was present before liposuction, it will likely remain after surgery. Any excess skin existing before liposuction may become even more conspicuous after liposuction.

Complications of liposuction surgery are extremely rare, and may include:

  1. Bleeding and bruising
  2. Seroma formation- a collection of fluid in the area operated on. Such a scenario requires drainage. This may appear if the patient does not wear the designated garment after surgery. Drainage may be done at the clinic.
  3. Decrease in sensation in the areas operated on
  4. Infection usually treated conservatively
  5. Fat emboli – very rare, may occur after extensive liposuction

Further information regarding this surgery will be made available during the pre-surgical consultation.

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