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Liposuction

 

Understanding Liposuction

 

Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that improves body contour by removing fat cells between the skin and the underlying muscles. Though it is commonly thought of as a weight loss solution, liposuction is meant to be a sculpting procedure for various parts of the body, including the abdomen and waist; hips and thighs; and the cheeks, chin, and neck. It's used to reshape areas of the body that have most likely not responded to standard diet and exercise. In rare cases, liposuction can be used to jumpstart a weight loss program, but patients shouldn't expect to lose more than five to seven pounds from liposuction alone. Lipo is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, stretch marks, or sagging skin.

 

Understanding the Surgery


Small stainless steel tubes (called cannulas) are inserted into the body through tiny incisions in the skin. The tubes dislodge fat deposits, which are then suctioned out with a surgical vacuum or syringe. Liposuction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure at a doctor’s office or surgery center. It rarely requires an overnight stay at a hospital, unless a large amount of fat is being removed. Liposuction is often combined with other procedures, such as tummy tuck and Brazilian butt lift, to maximize results and create the desired shape.

 

What to Expect After the Surgery


The results of liposuction come in several stages and vary based on the individual. You will likely see results immediately after the surgery, but then swelling will take over. 80 to 90% of the swelling should disappear within three months. Most people see final results six months after surgery, but you may continue to see improvements for up to a year. Swelling and bruising will vary by individual, and will also be affected by the technique of liposuction used. Expect swelling to be the worst at 48 hours after surgery, but mostly dissipating within a few weeks. You will likely see residual swelling until six to nine months after the procedure. Bruising is normal, but shouldn't last any longer than two weeks. 
The length of recovery depends on which liposuction technique was used and which areas were treated. Most doctors recommend taking a week off from work, but those getting small amounts of liposuction may only need a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activity can typically be resumed in two to three weeks following the procedure. Most patients will be back to full speed within four to six weeks, though they’ll likely see swelling for up to six months. It's important to follow your doctor’s post-surgery instructions to ensure the shortest recovery time possible. 
Light walking is recommended as soon as possible after surgery to prevent blood clots in the legs and discourage swelling. However, strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks after liposuction. At this point, patients can ramp back up to their previous workout routine, as long as it’s not uncomfortable. 


WHO IS THIS FOR

  • Adults who have good skin elasticity and muscle tone who are within 30 percent of their ideal weight

  • Healthy people that do not have medical conditions that can interfere with healing

  • Nonsmokers

RECOVERY TIME

  • Return to work in two to three days

  • Return to normal activities in two weeks

  • Bruising should be expected to last for a few weeks

TREATMENT DURATION

  • 3 to 7 hours at the center if done near home

  • 2 days in the hospital if done abroad

POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS

  • Skin dimpling or contouring problems

  • Bruises, soreness, swelling or pain

  • Scars

  • Changes in skin sensation

  • Skin discoloration

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