Cosmetic Surgery /
Liposuction is a surgical technique used to eliminate fat deposits in certain areas of the body.
Would you be a good candidate for liposuction?
The ideal candidates for liposuction are people whose weight is relatively normal but who have accumulations of fat in specific areas. It is important to remember that liposuction is not an anti-cellulite treatment.
The liposuction operationClickIn many cases, liposuction can be performed without having to sleep in the hospital. In other cases it can be necessary to spend one night.Local anesthesia and sedation can be used if it is not a very extensive liposuction. If liposuction covers large areas, general anesthesia can be used. Liposuction usually lasts between one and two hours, but the time it takes is variable depending on the area and quantity to be treated.Initially, a small incision will be made in order to insert a hollow cannula. The other end of the cannula is connected to a machine that creates a vacuum. The surgeon moves the cannula among the fat deposits below the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it.
After liposuctionClickAfter liposuction, a binder, elastic stockings, or an elastic bandage will be placed on the treated area to control swelling, and to help the skin to adapt to the new contour. You will have to wear this for 3 or 4 weeks. The surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection.The areas where the liposuction was performed will be swollen and bruised and you may notice a burning sensation that will improve with prescribed medication. The swelling and the bruises will begin to disappear one or two months after liposuction. You may temporarily lose sensitivity in the treated area but it will gradually return.Healing will be a gradual process but it is important to start walking as soon as you can in order to avoid venous clotting in the legs. However, you will not be able to carry out strenuous activities for 2 to 4 weeks.The stitches will be removed between 5 and 10 days after liposuction, and you will be able to go back to work after 2 or 3 days. If the liposuction procedure is very extensive, you may have to wait a week.
ResultsClickThe results can be permanent, if you maintain an adequate diet and you do exercise. If you gain weight it will be in a more homogenous way, and not only in a specific area.The scars from liposuction are minimal and the surgeon will place them strategically so they are hidden, even if you wear a bikini.