Liposuction and Body Contouring
Liposuction is a process by which fat is permanently removed through a suctioning process. It is not a substitute for weight loss, but rather a method of reshaping the body’s contours.
A stomach or tummy that is too large is not only unhealthy, but also extremely uncomfortable. It may be difficult for the person to walk for long periods of time or even complete daily activities. Similarly, if ignored, it can lead to obesity and other extreme weight-related diseases, which in turn affects a person’s overall physical and mental health.
However, contrary to common misconceptions, this is not necessarily due to a poor lifestyle and can also be genetic.
In such cases, opting for a liposuction procedure is what’s best. Widely known for our greatly reliable and recognized cosmetic and rejuvenation services, we at Desire Aesthetics are a leading group of cosmeticians and plastic surgeons. Initially set up to help our patients achieve their desired physical form, we excel in a wide range of services. So, no matter whichever body part you want to modify, we have got your back.
How do we do it?
To avail liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or body contouring, your doctor will undergo various tests that are necessary for your profile. With the help of these tests, you can find out the underlying factors behind the excessive growth of the abdomen and take effective measures against it.
Once this is completed, a date and time will be set for the patient to undergo the aspiration process to obtain the desired body. This procedure uses a cannula and a powerful vacuum to safely remove excess fat. Depending on the fat content, your doctor may recommend multiple treatments or a follow-up visit.
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During your consultation, your surgeon will ask questions about your general health, any symptoms that may affect liposuction, the purpose of the surgery, and the specific areas where fat will be removed.
You should discuss your goals in detail with your surgeon to get advice on whether the results meet your expectations. He will tell you that multiple liposuction sessions may be required to achieve your goals without taking unacceptable risks. If the skin on your abdomen is too loose, your surgeon may recommend alternative procedures such as a tummy tuck.
If you have sagging or dimpled skin (cellulite), you are probably not an ideal candidate for liposuction. In fact, liposuction can make these symptoms worse. In these situations, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, thigh lift, or body lift may be a better procedure.
As part of your consultation, your doctor will perform tests, explain the details of the procedure, and develop a specific surgery and recovery plan with you. In most cases, your surgeon will want you to weigh relatively close to your ideal weight. This is not a mandatory requirement. Rather, this reflects the fact that there is a surgically safe limit to the amount of fat that can be removed at one time, and there is a limit to the amount that the skin will shrink after a large volume of liposuction.
For these reasons, if you are contemplating liposuction as part of a more extensive diet and exercise program aimed at losing more than a stone of weight, your surgeon will recommend that you lose the weight before your surgery. It is fair to say that the results of liposuction often motivate people to adopt better diets and more extensive exercise; however, you should not rely on making these changes after your procedure.
If you are diabetic, you may still have liposuction. In some cases, you may find that the removal of fat will reduce your insulin requirements. Please note, however, that this is not a treatment recognized by insurance companies or the medical profession in general as a complement to diabetes control.
Liposuction can be performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the area of the body being treated and the amount of fat to be removed. This surgery can be done alone or in combination with another surgery such as a facelift, breast reduction, or tummy or abdominal reduction.
In all cases, it is normal for the anesthetist to administer intravenous fluids to replace fluids lost during surgery. Liposuction lasts from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the number of areas treated and the degree of reduction. Less extensive liposuction can be done during the day. For significant weight loss or treatment of multiple areas, an overnight stay may be recommended.
AFTER YOUR SURGERY
Immediately after liposuction, the operated body area is covered with Elastoplast or a similar bandage. These bandages should be left on for a week. You can still take a shower or bath during this period. The most important aspect of post-procedure care is wearing a pressure suit. These may be required for up to 6 weeks, including day and night for 3 weeks and 3 weeks overnight only. It is important to understand that with liposuction, even though only small incisions are made, there is a large hidden scar under the skin. How quickly you recover depends on the extent of the procedure.
Tenderness, bruising, and swelling are normal after the procedure and will subside over the next few weeks. These symptoms can be alleviated by taking arnica one week before and two weeks after surgery. You can also apply Lasonil® ointment to the bruise to speed recovery.
In general, you should walk around as soon as possible to reduce swelling and restore normal blood circulation. This reduces the risk of blood clots in the veins of the legs (deep vein thrombosis). In the days and weeks following surgery, you will need plenty of rest and regular gentle exercise. Post-operative discomfort can be alleviated with mild painkillers such as paracetamol. Aspirin can increase bleeding and should be avoided. Depending on the area treated, you should be able to return to work within 7 to 14 days.
You may experience some leakage of fluid from your incisions and a small drainage tube may need to be put under your skin for a few days. Numbness and itching of the area treated may be expected after surgery but should disappear gradually. Permanent areas of numbness are rare. Infection after liposuction is rare and easily treated by antibiotics.
AS YOU RECOVER
For the first few weeks after the procedure, you may take antibiotics and wear an elastic compression garment over the treatment area to reduce swelling. During this time, the sutures should dissolve or be removed and the swelling should go down.
In fact, most swelling disappears in about three weeks, but some can last for several months. Once the swelling has subsided, it is common for the treated area to become temporarily hard in patches. Massaging at this stage will help soften and flatten the area. Beauty therapists and physical therapists can provide this service, and many previous patients report that the results they receive more than justify the relatively low cost of professional massage.
Do bear in mind, though, that it may take several months for the area to return to normal. Some people feel discouraged after liposuction surgery, especially in these first few weeks when the swelling creates the impression that the results are less than expected.
This is quite normal and will pass. Using today’s equipment experienced plastic surgeons can remove fat in a way that minimizes post-operative skin irregularities or asymmetry. It is possible, however, that some difference in fat removal will be apparent. If this occurs, a minor, secondary liposuction procedure may be needed, usually after six months. If large amounts of fat are removed, loose skin may be a problem depending on your skin and the area of the body where the surgery was performed.