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By Emel Gerdaneri • Medical review by Esat Olgun, MD on December 01, 2022
What is Liposuction ?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure mainly used to correct deep and superficial fat accumulations and remodel the body contour.
Liposuction procedure is based on removing fat via vacuuming with a thin tube, called a cannula. Liposuction is used to remove fat from those areas which are not responding to diet and exercise.
Liposuction surgery is not a method for weight loss, it's a procedure of removing fat from very specific areas such as hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, and under the chin or face to improve their shape.
Sometimes liposuction is combined with other surgeries like abdominoplasty, face lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, mommy makeover etc...
Liposuction procedure is used for restoration to create more fullness by transferring the purified fat as fillers to the areas like face, butt, breasts etc...
Who Might Want To Get Liposuction?
The most common areas to undergo liposuction are the torso, arms and legs, breasts, buttocks, and around the chin or jawline. If you have regional fat problems in these areas, you may consider liposuction treatment.
These are all areas of subcutaneous fat, just under your skin, above your muscles and internal organs.
Who are the Right Candidates for Liposuction?
A good candidate for liposuction has to be;
Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have a good muscle tone and firm, elastic skin. (BMI -body mass index- of 30 or below.)
The ones in realistic expectations,
Healthy individuals without any chronic or potentially fatal diseases and medical conditions, (Doctors don’t recommend the procedure if you have health problems with blood flow or have heart disease, diabetes, or a weak immune system.)
Individuals has to be non-smoker
How is Liposuction Done?
Liposuction surgery may vary due to many factors such as the patient’s preference, amount and type of fat to be removed, and according to the surgeon’s opinion.
In general all types of liposuction is performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation (for a small area) or general anesthesia.
All the procedures have in common is the use of a cannula connected to a vacuum to suct the fat out of the body. The procedure takes an hour or two depending on how many areas of the body you’re getting done.
How Should You Prepare for Liposuction?
Do regular and scheduled sports because many studies show that regular exercise before Liposuction has a positive effect on the results of the operation.
Have a vegetable-based diet and speak softly, because in order for body shaping operations to give the best results in combination, it is necessary to reduce the internal fat deposits before the operation. Another indispensable element for this is to follow a healthy diet.
Keep your weight stable. If you think that it is a good idea to diet hard and lose weight quickly before liposuction, you are wrong. Before body shaping operations, rapid weight gain or loss may seriously affect the outcome of your surgery and may cause the need for revision surgery.
Quit smoking. There are many studies in the literature that cigarette consumption negatively affects and delays wound healing.
Follow exactly what your plastic surgeon says.
What Happens Before Liposuction Procedure?
It is very important for the patient to prepare him/herself psychologically before liposuction. Knowing what you will experience after liposuction will be an extremely good preparation step.
You should know that you will have pain for a few days after liposuction, that you should wear a medical garment, that nutrition and sports should be part of your life, and that you will have drains after surgery.
Since you will receive anesthesia, you must come to the hospital hungry and follow other instructions given by your doctor.
The preparation process for liposuction operation is not different from other surgeries. After your blood pressure and temperature are measured, you will meet with the anesthesiologist and your surgeon and you will be taken into operation.
What Happens During Liposuction Procedure?
After the anesthesia is given, the treatment is started with the liposuction technique preferred by the surgeon.
In which area liposuction is to be performed, the fat is absorbed by small cannulas and removed from the body. If desired, this fat can be transferred to another area of the body to be plumped.
What Happens After Liposuction Procedure?
Fat removal surgery varies according to the area where the procedure will be performed and the amount of fat to be removed. The duration of the operation will also increase accordingly.
The surgery may vary between 1-3 hours depending on the conditions we have mentioned. After your operation is over, you will be taken to the recovery room.
You will be taken to your room after you wake up in the company of the anesthesiologist.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The average cost of liposuction procedure on an average in all countries is expected to be around $6000 US dollars.
This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.
But if you decide to get your liposuction surgery in Turkey than you can ask for all inclusive price lists which will help you to save a lot of money.
A surgeon's price of liposuction will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.
Turkey is the best geographic office location where you can get your liposuction surgery with fully experienced doctors and high technologic hospitals.
Beside the geographic office location, liposuction prices will vary based on factors the amount of fat being removed, and if you’ve had liposuction before.
Liposuction is considered as cosmetic surgery, most of the health insurance plans do not cover liposuction or its complications.
How Long is Liposuction Recovery Period?
You might not have to stay in the hospital depending on the type of surgery. After liposuction surgery your surgeon may require you to wear a compression garment.
This will help to control swelling. Bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks are expectable side effects of liposuction surgery.
The recovery time changes from person to person due to the type of surgery. Every person is different. Most people can return to work within a few days and get back to regular activities in 3–4 weeks.
After liposuction procedure your surgeon will ask you to take some antibiotics to prevent infection. Depending on the part where liposuction surgery was done there may be pain in the recovery process.
The pain during healing is in a mild way and can be controlled by painkillers. But if the pain increases it's important to report your doctor.
You may take shower after 48 hours after liposuction surgery. It's important to avoid soaking in a tub until your stitches are removed. Each time after taking shower put on clean bandages and reapply pressure garments.
Liposuction surgery comes with inherent risks. During liposuction recovery time you must pay attention to watch the signals to avoid liposuction complications. See your doctor immediately if you experience:
Increased swelling, bruising, or redness.
Severe or increased pain.
Headache, rash, nausea, vomiting.
Fever (temperature above 38 C).
Discharge from the incision that is yellow or green or that has a foul odor.
Bleeding that is hard to stop or control.
Loss of feeling or movement.
During recovery time and after; to keep your body in shape and increase duration of results you should follow a diet plan which include lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grain, low fat dairy products.
3-4 weeks after liposuction surgery its important to start a daily exercise program to keep the result permanent.
What are the Pros and Cons of Liposuction?
Liposuction targets the fat. Liposuction surgery will help you to get rid of all the excess fat that you have in your body.
You don’t just get rid of the additional flab or fat. You actually get rid of the fat cells so you don’t put on fat again in that particular part of your body. You can work out and maintain a healthy body mass index after liposuction.
Liposuction is a gateway to a healthy and active lifestyle. With liposuction surgery, you can enjoy a greater range of motion and increased mobility. Liposuction helps people to have more confidence or self esteem.
Reshape body. Liposuction surgery allows reshaping the body with various combinations of treatment like fat transfer.
Only in one session... Liposuction surgery helps to remove large volumes of excess fat in a single session.
The major liposuction risks include the formation of seroma, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, wound and hematoma formations.
It takes time to heal after liposuction surgery. In some cases liposuction might result in damage to the skin in the form of marks, pain, swelling and bruises.
Some of the serious liposuction risks that are very rare but possible; include allergic reactions, infections, puncture of internal organs in rare cases, fluid imbalance and skin necrosis.
The sag of skin after fat removal may occur. In those cases patients will need another procedure to remove or tighten excess skin.
Liposuction scars, lumpiness, asymmetry, dimpling and other irregularities may occur after surgery.
Liposuction carries a certain amount of danger and can lead to complications such as reaction to anaesthesia, bleeding, and poor skin elasticity.
Is Liposuction Painful?
During the liposuction surgery you will not feel any pain or hurt because you’ll be under anesthesia.
But after the surgery, liposuction recovery time may be a little bit painful.
For at least a week or two you should expect soreness. The pain during this time is in a mild way and can be controlled by painkillers. If not please contact your doctor.
What is the Ideal Season for Liposuction?
Actually, all seasons are suitable for liposuction. The advantage of the spring months is that it gives the person a recovery period before the summer.
If a fitter look is desired in the summer, it is possible to go to the sea or the beach easily after 3-4 months by having liposuction in the spring.
How Long Does a Liposuction Last?
There is a finite number of fat cells in our body. Each fat cell acts as storage for whatever fat molecule circulates in the body.
If there are less fat cells in one area after liposuction fewer fat cells will accumulate in that region.
Results are permanent if the patient has a healthy diet and lifestyle. But if this balance is off, one may either gain or lose weight after liposuction.
What are the Stages of Swelling After Liposuction?
1 to 2 weeks after liposuction surgery, swelling in the area turns into hardness, which lasts for an average of 3 months.
This stiffness is actually an indication that the treated areas are healing. The stiffness softens over time, excess fluid and swelling go away from the body.
After 6 months to a year you will notice an improved body contour immediately.
Written on 01/01/2018
Last Update: 30/05/2023
Liposuction Before & After Photos
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