A candidate for liposuction is any person who suffers from localized excess fat, which has been non-reactive (resistant) to previous dieting and/or exercising. This is the procedure of choice, especially in cases when the skin is still elastic enough and there is no need to remove excess skin.
What needs to be known before deciding on the procedure?
You should definitely inform Yourself before deciding in this procedure, because, as simple and as safe as it sounds, it is an esthetic procedure involving risk, even more so when accompanied with some pre-existing medical conditions.
Do not take this the wrong way, liposuction can be completely safe, but only when done to a supposed extent and indications and with precaution measures.
General risks of the procedure
Fat embolism can be life threatening if it develops. For that reason a limit on removing more than 4.5 kg (10 lbs) has been set, and in cases of touching the limit, the procedure is approached in a special manner.
What does the procedure look like?
Near the location from where the excess fat deposit will be removed, a small incision is made. A saline solution mixed with local anesthetic will be injected in the subcutaneous tissue, in order to reduce post op swelling and bruising and to facilitate extraction of fat. A small tube attached to a vacuum machine is then inserted to the subcutaneous fatty tissue through the incision. Excess fat is “sucked” from the desired region with the vacuum. And finally, a single suture is placed at the previously made incision site.
Local anesthesia, general or epidural (abdomen and legs).
Care and treatment after the procedure
You have to wear a special belt for at least 3 weeks after the surgery. Keeping the region clean is necessary. Mild massage is recommended after 3 weeks. Dieting and exercising are necessary if You want best results and not needing a reintervention.
Possible post-op complications
Haematoma can form in extensive procedures. Rarely can there be infections or bleeding.
There is always swelling, bruising, leaking and pain present in the treated region, immediately after the procedure. These after-effects are down to a minimum after a week and may last for up to 3 weeks.
Results are permanent.
After the procedure, the treated region often becomes responsive to dieting and exercising, usually not the case before the procedure, hence the state can further improve, but also deteriorate if You don’t abide a healthy, moderate nutrition and an exercise plan.
Experience at ORS Plastic Surgery
There were no infections or prolonged leaking in our practice.
Haematomas were present in more extensive procedures, they regressed within 3 weeks.
On the abdomen, where the skin is more loose, the returning of the skin to a tight state may take up to a year.
When done on the thighs, effects are greater when done over 2-3 procedures.
Frequently asked questions
How long does the procedure last?
Smaller regions for about an hour, medium up to 3, larger last over 3 hours.
Couple to 7 days on smaller procedures, 7 to 14 days on medium procedures, up to 4 weeks on large procedures.
How long is the hospital stay?
2 days on average. Small procedures are considered same day release, medium ones 2 days, larger 3 to 5 days.
Is there a best period of the year for this procedure?
It’s not season related, period should be avoided in women, if possible.
Does it hurt after the procedure?
There is always some pain in the first few days, depends on Your pain tolerance. Pain scales from minimal to moderate. Pain killers are given for the first few days in larger procedures.