Liposuction or liposculpture is a surgical intervention through which fat accumulated in different areas of the body is removed. Although it can be practiced almost anywhere in our anatomy, the truth is that the most common areas where liposuction is performed are the double chin, the arms, the breasts, the abdomen, the buttocks, the hips, the legs, and the ankles.
It is essential to know before undergoing liposuction that it is not an operation intended to end obesity, but a surgical technique aimed at shaping the body through the elimination of excess fat and, also, the injection of adipose tissue left over from the patient in the areas that the patient wishes to mold.
Liposuction can be carried out under local, epidural, or general anesthesia, depending on the type of surgery and also on each patient. Regardless of the anesthesia that the medical team that treats you decides to apply, the operation will consist of inserting a cannula into the area of accumulated fat that you want to remove, which will send the excess adipose tissue to a receiving machine. The time that an average liposculpture usually takes is between one and two hours.
Any healthy person, weighing within healthy parameters and having excess fat in their body is a candidate to undergo an intervention such as liposuction, provided they are of legal age. It is important to note that it is those people with the most elastic skin who achieve the best results, as long as they manage to adapt the skin to their figure before the rest. People with cardiovascular or respiratory problems are not suitable to undergo liposculpture.
There are several liposuction techniques, each one of them to achieve different results, as we will see below. These are the main ones:
Classic liposuction: a technique that is used to sculpt and modify a body through the extraction of fat or the injection of adipose tissue to shape the body. Classic liposuction is used for getting a more refined figure and giving shine and visibility to the muscles.
Ultrasonic Liposuction or Vaser Liposuction: Ultrasonic liposuction is a technique that acts on the accumulated fat by diluting it instead of scrapping it as it happens with traditional liposuction. It is a technique that allows you to focus in detail on those areas where you want to remove adipose tissue.
Laser liposuction: Lipolaser is a technique that uses a laser to impact the fat to eliminate it, reshape it, reposition it, and improve the figure of the patient who opts for this technique. Unlike what happens with the rest of the liposuctions in use, this does not require hospital admission.
It is important to emphasize once again that this surgical intervention does not serve at all to end obesity, but rather it is an operation aimed at removing the fatty tissue accumulated in the body.
The average cost of a liposuction in the U.S is $5,500.
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Surgery duration: from one to two hours, depending on the complexity
Duration of hospital stay: You might go home the same day as the surgery
The first step in liposuction surgery is the administering of anesthesia
The doctor will recommend the best choice for you
The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia
Be sure to discuss your anesthesia options and concerns with your surgeon
Make sure that the surgeon and anesthesiologist have a complete list of all the medications you take, and that they are aware of all your pertinent health information
Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions
One or several small incisions are made in the skin covering the fatty tissue that is going to be removed
These tiny incisions can typically be closed with minimal to no scarring
The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula
Once the skin is opened, an additional anesthetic will be injected to provide additional pain relief to the surgical site
This solution also reduces bleeding and helps the surgeon remove the fat with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue
A small hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted and suction is applied
The surgeon moves the cannula around within the incision site in a carefully targeted manner to suction the fat deposits that are planned for removal
The surgeon will complete the procedure by carefully closing each incision site
In some cases, drains may be left in some of the incisions to help reduce post-operative swelling
Stitches used to close the incisions will usually dissolve within two weeks, but may sometimes need to be removed during a later visit to the doctor’s office
After the visit with the surgeon specialized in carrying out body fat extraction interventions such as liposuction, the medical team of the hospital or medical center where the surgery will be performed informs you of any action you should take into account before surgery. These are some of the most common recommendations:
In the days before liposuction, it is recommended that you change soap and use a germicidal soap to apply it all over your body.
It is important to stop taking aspirin, as well as any other medicine that has salicylates at least two weeks prior to the intervention. A recommendation that will be extended to two weeks after the operation so that this element does not alter the coagulation process, which is intended to allow the patient to bleed.
In the days prior to undergoing liposuction, you must undergo a medical examination to ensure that you do not have any problem that could compromise your health at the time of entering the operating room, as well as to ensure that there will be no problems with the administration of anesthesia. required for your specific case.
The information will be sent to you on the first visit to the surgeon who will intervene. There you will be able to answer all the doubts that may arise regarding this surgical technique, in addition to describing in detail your expectation for the procedure
After the surgery, which as we have previously mentioned it is usually short, will be supervised by the medical team of the chosen center.
In the case of minor liposuctions, the patient could return home the same day in the afternoon or at night. In the event that it is complex liposuction or that it is combined with another cosmetic intervention, it would be standard to remain in the hospital for no more than 24 hours.
It will be then when the patient receives the visit of the surgeon and, when, after certifying that everything is as expected, he can return home the day after the surgery.
In any case, if you undergo liposuction, you should know that after the intervention, a girdle or compressor bandage will be applied, which you must wear for at least a week to help place all the tissues operated on and involved in the operation, in addition to protecting you. at all times.
The evolution of the patient after the intervention should not be difficult, since it is not usual that, beyond the discomfort generated by every surgery, there is no notable discomfort that should not disappear after the intake of anesthetics or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Depending on the amount of fat removed and/or the complexity of the intervention, the results will be more or less visible sooner. In the case of milder liposuctions, the results will be visible sooner.
In any case, it will be necessary to wait a few days to begin to see the new figure due to inflammation and bruising
The days after the surgery, it is normal (and usually recommended) to wear a belt to compress the area, which will help with the recovery, though it prevents of seeing the surgery results straight away.
Unlike other cosmetic surgeries, the inflammation produced by liposuction can be present for several weeks, in some cases reaching months.
The time for the inflammation and bruising subsides is usually between two and three months. However, it is normal to have to wait a little longer, around six months, until the intervened skin tightens. That is why it is often said that the results of liposuction are appreciated after six months.
In order to fully benefit from the surgery, it will be crucial to follow the doctors' advice and include the prescribed lifestyle changes, which often include diet and exercise habits.
It is important, the first 24 to 48 hours, depending on how your operation has been, for the patient to rest.
Although each patient is a unique case, it is recommended not to restart work until three or four days after undergoing liposuction.
As mentioned previously, the postoperative period of liposuction should be very bearable, with the mild pains characteristic of any surgical intervention being intermittent.
You should know that in the first weeks after liposuction it is normal to notice how the operated area is inflamed. Also that this inflammation should gradually subside to disappear completely in the first postoperative trimester.
During the first month, you will have to live with a protective girdle or bandage that will help control inflammation and also reposition the operated skin.
Thanks to the advancement of medicine, the scars produced by the liposuction intervention are almost negligible, so, together with the fact that the incisions are made in hidden areas, makes this surgery one difficult to notice.
Although we have tried to offer you all the information related to liposuction, we recommend that you write down on paper all the doubts or questions that have arisen during the reading of this text or that occur to you and that you transmit them to the surgeon during the visit to the medical center where you plan to have surgery.
In the event that you want some type of information related to liposuction, the types of it that exist, the preoperative, the postoperative or any matter related to the prices of each type of liposuction, do not hesitate and contact us via telephone or via email
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