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.
There are some general advises for patients in the weeks leading up to surgery as below:
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.
During the liposuction procedure the excess fat will be removed from the body through a device called cannula.
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.
During the recovery period it is very important to follow doctor’s instructions carefully. The general recommendations after liposuction surgery are: