Liposuction surgery is performed to remove localized fat deposits through a blunt cannula and a vacuum device. Generally these excesses are located in the abdomen, flanks, back, and outer thighs. Other regions of the body such as thighs, arms, neck and chest can be treated as well. The final goal of liposuction is not so much weight loss, but rather, the improvement of body contour.
Is Liposuction recommended for weight loss?
No, liposuction is not indicated as a mean for weight reduction. It is a treatment for lipodystrophy and removal of localized fat. Ideally, the patient is not overweight before the procedure.
How is the procedure performed?
In most cases, liposuction is done in a the hospital under general anesthesia. The target areas are then, injected with anesthetic solution to create local swelling and facilitate the removal of fat with reduced risks. The actual surgery is initiated in about 20 min. Small incisions are made into the skin where the cannulas are inserted. The fat is removed through them.
What is the type of anesthesia used?
This procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia.
How long is the surgery?
The duration of the procedure depends on the amount and extent of desired treatment of the targeted areas. It can last from 1 to 4 hours.
How long is the hospital stay?
On average 1 day.
Is there a Risk in the liposuction surgery?
Like with any other surgical procedure, liposuction is not risk free. In order to minimize negative outcome, it is important to make good preoperative evaluation, use proper surgical technique, and define well the limits of treatment according to the recommendations of the UAE Society of Plastic Surgery. Adequate Postoperative care is essential to the successful results of the procedure.
How visible are the scars from liposuction?
They are generally very small and negligible.
Are there dressings used after the surgery?
Yes, and also the use of special straps to facilitate proper shaping of body contour.
When do I see the final result?
The final result is expected about 1 year after the surgery. But, there are visible improvements by the third month when most of the swelling has subsided and body shaping and contouring is already taking place.
Is Lymphatic drainage important to the outcome of the liposuction?
Lymphatic drainage is very important as it helps to reduce the swelling and postoperative pain. Also, it decreases the risk of fibrosis and, therefore improves the quality of the results.
When can I resume my normal activities?
Exercising can resume gradually after 2-3 weeks, starting with light walking and slowly going into bodybuilding. These recommended intervals may vary on a case by case bases.
When are the stitches removed?
Generally, they should be taken around 8h postoperatively.
When can take full bath?
On the day following surgery.
- Inform your plastic surgeon in case of flu, menstrual period, indisposition, etc.
- Avoid any medication for weight loss for a period of 10 days before the surgery as well as diuretics;
- Avoid alcohol or heavy meals the day before surgery;
- Schedule your social, private or school activities, so you can rest and recover for a period of 4 to 5 days;
- Avoid strenuous activity for 8 days;
- Get up only as recommended, and avoid most physical effort;
- Do not expose yourself to sun or cold, for a minimum of one week;
- Follow your prescription;
- Do not miss your follow ups as scheduled by your plastic surgeon;
- You will probably be feeling great in no time. Watch out! The euphoria may inspire physical activities, which can result in complications.
- It is possible to feel slight emotional or physical depression between day 3-5. This happens as a result of the efforts of your body to recover;
- Keep a balanced diet. We recommend high-protein foods (meat, eggs, milk) and regular intake of fruits and vegetables;
- Do not start weight loss regime immediately after medical release.