What is liposuction? Why is it done? For whom is it suitable? Are there any risks? What should be considered before liposuction? Is pain felt during the procedure? What happens next? What is the price? You can find the answers to all these questions and much more below.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction (also called lipectomy or lipoplasty) is a type of plastic surgery that some people consider to improve and beautify their appearance. Liposuction is not a weight loss method. This procedure changes the shape of the body by removing fat from certain areas. It is most commonly used for the thighs, hips, abdomen, arms, neck and under the chin, as well as the back, knees, chest, cheeks, calves, and ankles. For some people , a facelift can be done at the same time as other cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) .
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Is liposuction suitable for me?
If you have realistic expectations about the procedure, have tried to change your body shape with a healthy diet and regular exercise , and are in good health during the procedure, liposuction may be right for you. While people – especially women – often feel pressured to have a certain look and body shape, this may not be the solution.
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The best candidates for liposuction are people of normal weight who have firm, elastic skin but have excess fat in certain areas. Because your doctor is in the best position to help you manage your overall health, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before having this procedure.
Why is liposuction preferable?
Liposuction is used to remove fat from areas of the body that do not respond to diet and exercise, such as:
- Your wife
- upper arms
- Calves and ankles
- chest and back
- hips and thighs
- chin and neck
In addition, liposuction can sometimes be used for breast reduction or gynecomastia treatment.
When you gain weight, the size and volume of fat cells increase. In contrast, liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in a particular area. The amount of fat removed depends on the appearance of the area and the volume of fat. The resulting contour changes are usually permanent as long as your weight remains stable .
After this procedure, the skin shapes itself according to the new contours of the treated areas. If you have good skin tone and elasticity, your skin will likely look smooth. If your skin is weak and inelastic, the skin in the treated areas may appear loose.
Liposuction does not improve cellulite dimpling or other skin surface irregularities. Likewise, it does not remove the cracks.
To have this procedure , there must be no health conditions that can complicate the surgery, such as restricted blood flow, coronary artery disease, diabetes , or a weak immune system.
What are the risks of liposuction?
Liposuction can sometimes cause unexpected or undesirable results. Reasonably common risks include:
- Uneven skin with wavy or dimples
- loose skin
- Skin numbness or decreased sensation
- changes in skin color
- slow recovery
Less common serious complications include:
- blood clots in the legs that can travel to the lungs and cause serious illness
- Excessive fluid loss that can cause shock
- Burns to the skin or deeper tissue due to ultrasound used to liquefy fat
- Infection in adipose tissues, which can be difficult to treat
Some people may need more plastic surgery to remove or tighten the loose skin left after the fat tissue has been removed .
What are the questions to be asked before liposuction?
There are many things to consider before deciding to have any plastic surgery . You should ask your doctor everything you wonder about surgery in general. Example questions include:
- What type of liposuction do you recommend me and why?
- How much bruising, swelling, or pain will I have? What should I do about it?
- How soon after surgery can I return to my normal activities?
- Will I have stitches, bandages or dressings? How long will they stay in place? Will I need to have the stitches removed?
- Will I have scars? What will they look like?
- How many of your operations have complications? If something like this happens, what will it take for me to do?
- How often do people need to have liposuction again because of problems?
- Will there be extra costs if I need more surgery due to complications or if I am not satisfied with the result?
- Do I need to make any changes to my medications before the surgery?
How should I prepare before liposuction?
To prepare for the procedure, you should make sure that you know as much as possible about the procedure and that you know what results you can realistically expect. To recover after surgery, you must reach your optimal weight and be as healthy and fit as possible. If you smoke, you should quit smoking. Your doctor will let you know if you need to make any changes in your medications before the surgery.
What happens during the liposuction procedure?
Some liposuction procedures may only require local or regional anesthesia , meaning the anesthesia is limited to a specific area of your body. Other procedures may require general anesthesia , which causes a temporary state of unconsciousness . A sedative may be given, typically by IV injection, to help you stay calm and relax.
The surgical team will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen level throughout the procedure. If local anesthesia is given and you feel pain during the procedure, you should tell your surgeon. Medication or some other things may need to be adjusted. The process can take up to several hours, depending on the extent of the oil intake.
If you have had general anesthesia, you will wake up in the recovery room. You will usually need to stay in the hospital or clinic for at least a few hours so that medical staff can monitor your recovery. If you are in the hospital, you may be asked to stay overnight to make sure you are not dehydrated or shocked by dehydration.
What happens after liposuction?
There may be some pain, swelling and bruising after the procedure . Your surgeon may prescribe antibiotics and certain medications to help control pain and other symptoms to reduce the risk of infection. After the procedure, the doctor may leave your incisions open and place temporary drains to support fluid drainage.
You will usually need to wear tight compression garments for several weeks, which helps reduce swelling. You may need to take a break from your normal activities, including exercise, for a few days or a few weeks before returning to work. During this time, you may experience some contour irregularities as the remaining oil settles.
What is the price of liposuction?
There are many factors in determining the price for this procedure. Many factors such as how much fat will be removed from which area, the location and reputation of the hospital, and the professional experience of plastic surgeons play an important role in determining the price. However, if we need to give a price, we can talk about a price range between 8,000 and 20,000 TL on average in our country.
As a result
Swelling after liposuction typically subsides within a few weeks. Within a few months, the treated area should have a weaker appearance. It’s also natural for skin to lose firmness with aging, but the results usually last long as long as you maintain your weight. If you gain weight , your fat distribution may change. For example, fat can accumulate around your abdomen, regardless of which areas were initially treated.