Liposuction is the method for removing localized deposits of fatty tissue that do not respond to diet or exercise. There are two different types of excess fat: general and localized. General fat, known as obesity, is the most common and diet is the appropriate treatment. Localized fat consists of small deposits of fat placed in different parts of your body, which can affect your silhouette. In this case, the best treatment could be medical or surgical, in this case we will explain the surgical.
When patients have excess fat and sagging skin, the recommended treatment is a surgery where the excess is removed under general anesthesia. This consists of a resection of the skin and excess subcutaneous fat. If, on the other hand, the only problem is excessive fat, then the recommended surgery would be liposuction. Liposuction is the removal of the amount of excess fat that deforms the figure.
This extraction is performed using a cannula and is performed under local or general anesthesia, this depends on the preferences of the doctor or patient, and also on the amount of fat to be removed, as well as the patient's psychology, and previous medical history. Therefore, the main objective of liposuction is to reduce the volume of one or more areas simultaneously that previously disturbed the balance of the body's shape.
The advanced technology in liposculpture consists of the aspiration of fat, which is controlled by an electrically assisted mechanism: for example the MicroAire is a modern surgical equipment that allows us to regulate the extraction of fat, model the body precisely and assist in the separation of adipose tissue:
- We begin by infiltrating the area we want to treat with serum, a local anesthetic and a vasoconstrictor that will help in the aspiration and reduce bleeding.
- Then we go to the aspiration phase during which we extract the fat and end up closing the small incisions, apply a compressive bandage and an elastic bandage.
- The bandages and stitches are removed after a period of 3 to 7 days, we recommend using a girdle for a month.
What will happen in the recovery period?
At first, the treated areas will appear bruised and swollen, and there may be some pain (this is controlled with normal painkillers). It takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks for the inflammation to disappear completely. It is advisable to use lymphatic drainage massages during the post-operative period, this will speed up recovery.
In most cases, patients can return to normal activities after 24-48 hours and can play sports 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Treatment Information Liposuction
- Anesthesia: Different forms of anesthesia are used (local anesthesia with sedatives and general anesthesia).
- Location of the procedure: Outpatient or hospital surgery center.
- Surgery time: Depending on the area to be treated between 1 and 5 hours.
- Duration of hospital stay: Depending on the anesthesia from 12 to 24 hours.
Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions
What is liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reshapes the body by removing excess fat from specific areas, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, chin, and neck.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people who have isolated pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet or exercise. Liposuction can be done at any age, but those with firm, elastic skin get the best results since elasticity lends itself to a smoother contour after fat removal. However, anyone who has a medical condition such as diabetes or poor circulation in the legs is not a good candidate for this type of surgery.
What are the risks associated with liposuction surgery?
Liposuction is a surgery that involves some risk. Possible complications may include infection, bleeding, asymmetry or poor healing, and changes in skin pigmentation.
Are the results of liposuction permanent?
Liposuction removes fat cells from the body. These cells will not appear again in the future. However, if the patient does not follow a healthy diet and does not exercise, other cells can be distributed throughout the body and cause weight gain.
However, the parts of your body where liposuction has been performed will be less able to produce fat deposits.
What are the costs of liposuction?
The cost of a liposuction depends on a number of factors including the surgeon, the geographic region, and the size and number of target body areas. We usually offer mini, medium, and full liposuction.
When will I see the results?
The results will be visible from the first day, but due to the swelling you will notice a big difference from the third to the sixth month.
When can I go back to work?
It will depend on how many parts of your body have been affected. Some people can go back to work immediately, but most people take 4 to 7 days to rest before resuming activities.
What are the side effects of liposuction?
Side effects include swelling, bruising, blood clots, and scarring. Inflammation may take a few months, but you can continue to live a normal life and it will go away as the months go by. Bruises will probably be painful, but will heal after about a month. The remaining scars, after a while, will be barely visible.
The next step is to make an appointment with your surgeon. Thanks to our online form, you can contact us. We will be happy to talk to you on the phone and answer any questions you may have. We know how important this procedure is to you. Our goal is to provide you with unsurpassed service.