Liposuction

About Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted and excess fat from beneath the skin. The surgery improves the body contour and proportion. 

 

Liposuction can be used to remove fat builds-up in one or multiple area including hips, thighs, back, abdomen, neck, arms, etc. The surgery is performed using suction devises. It is important to know that liposuction can remove a limited amount of fat. It should not be considered as obesity treatment or weight loss solution. If you want to learn more about the latest method of liposuction, please read about lipomatic surgery.

 

The surgery is usually performed by Plastic surgeons.

time requirements

Minimum stay

7 days

Hospital stay

Not required/1 night

Operation duration

30 mins to 3 hours

Anesthesia type

General,Local

Back to work

3 to 7 days

Post visit

Not required

Before Liposuction

There are some general advises for patients in the weeks leading up to surgery as below:

  • Be fit; reach the optimal and non-fluctuated weight.
  • Stop smoking. 
  • Stop alcohol consumption
  • Avoid using aspirin, any anti-inflammatory drug or herbal supplements.

How is Liposuction performed?

At the beginning, the patient goes under local anesthesia or sometimes under general anesthesia if large area is involved. 

 

The surgery is performed through small incisions. The surgeon will make one or multiple incisions depends on the target area. A suction device is inserted through the incision to break down the fat beneath the skin and to vacuum the excess fat out of the body.

 

At the end, the surgeon may close incisions with sutures or leave them open with absorbent pads applied to the site. 

 

  • Point 1: The surgery is usually combined with other surgery like abdominoplasty or body lift.
  • Point 2: There are variety of liposuction techniques. The difference is on how the excess fat breaks down. These are laser, tumescent, ultrasonic, water-assisted and power-assisted liposuctions. 
  • Point 3: The weight loss will be very little; however, you will notice a significant reduction in peripheral sizes. 

Anesthesia type

General,Local
Liposuction

During the liposuction procedure the excess fat will be removed from the body through a device called cannula.

Recovery procedure

Possible discomfort

Swelling, bruising, numbness, tingling and feeling irritated are most reported discomforts following liposuction. Some patients found a small amount of weight gain due to water retention by the body. 

 

Most symptoms will diminish within a week. The final results will be revealed in a few months. 

Post procedure care

During the recovery period it is very important to follow doctor’s instructions carefully. The general recommendations after liposuction surgery are:

 

  • Have enough rest and keep wounds clean.
  • Take antibiotics on time.
  • Avoid swimming or sunbathing.
  • Wear your compression garment.

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What you need to know

Not recommended for

  • Obesity (weight loss)
  • Cellulite treatment
  • Patients with diabetes or heart problem

Potential risk

  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Numbness
  • Fat embolism
  • Scarring (usually smaller than 1 cm)
  • Nerve damage

Cost parameters

  • Used technology
  • Type of anesthesia
  • Patient’s health condition i.e diabetics
  • Targeted area/areas
  • Expertise of the surgeon

Specialists

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