Liposuction, also called Lipoplasty or body contouring, is a popular surgical procedure that reshapes particular parts of the body by removing excess fat deposits via suction technique.
This technique is for people who cannot lose the accumulated fat from their specific body areas, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, or neck, by having diet, exercise, or other conventional methods. In these cases, liposuction or ‘lipo’ is a quick way to attain the perfect shape on any body area.
- Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or an alternative for proper diet and exercise.
- It is also not an effective treatment for getting rid of cellulite on the thighs, hips, and buttocks.
- Liposuction can be performed alone or with other plastic surgeries such as a facelift, breastreduction, or a tummy tuck.
Ideal applicants for the breast lift surgery may include:
- Liposuction is suitable for men and women who have good skin elasticity, muscle tone and are within 30% of their ideal weight.
- Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair the healing process.
NonsmokersSuppose you are dissatisfied with the excess fat deposits located anywhere on your body that do not respond to diet or exercise. In that case, liposuction may be the right solution for you.Treatment Duration:Liposuction surgery takes between 3 to 7 hours, and you need to stay in the hospital or clinic for 4 to 6 days.
Depending on the type of surgery you had, you might not have to stay in the hospital. But you should expect to have bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks.
Depending on your condition, your surgeon may ask you to wear a compression garment for one to two months after surgery to manage the swelling.
Most people can return to work within a few days and pursue their normal activities within two weeks.
Potential Risks and Side Effects:
The decision to have liposuction surgery is highly personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential liposuction complications are acceptable.
You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully comprehend the procedure and any risks and potential complications.
Liposuction risks may include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Change in skin sensation that may persist
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominalorgans
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Fluid accumulation
- Irregular contours or asymmetries
- Irregular pigmentation
- Need for revision surgery
- Persistent swelling
- Poor wound healing
- Rippling or loose skin, worsening of cellulite
- Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted Lipoplasty techniqueThese risks and others will be thoroughly discussed before your consent. It is essential that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.Secondary procedures may sometimes be recommended to reduce excess skin. Special considerations are needed when large amounts—usually more than five liters of fat—are suctioned.