What is liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as “lipo,” is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape certain areas of the body by removing excess fat. It uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, and breasts.

It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. If you are overweight, you should try to lose weight through diet, exercise, or weight loss surgery. Liposuction is designed to remove small amounts of excess fat in specific areas and can help to contour and shape the body, but it is not intended as a method for losing large amounts of weight. It is important to have realistic expectations about the results of liposuction and to discuss your goals with a qualified healthcare professional before undergoing the procedure.

Liposuction procedure in our clinic in Istanbul

The surgeon will firstly determine the areas from which he will remove fat. Then will give general anesthesia to the patient.

The procedure involves making small incisions to introduce a thin tube called cannula into. The cannula will help pull the fat outside the body. Depending on your goals and case, the surgeon will chose the appropriate liposuction method to perform.

  • Tumescent liposuction :  This is the most common technique. Your surgeon injects sterile solution into the areas to treat, so it helps dissolve the fat and the area swell and stiffen. The surgeon then will makes small incisions to insert the cannula and suction the fat. This technique helps minimize the injuries as it separates the skin from other soft tissues.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) : Uses sound waves energy under your skin to rupture the cell walls of the fat. This breaks down the fat so it can be suctioned out easily. A new generation of UAL called vaser assisted liposuction uses a device that may improve skin contouring and reduce the chance of skin injuries.
  • Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) : It uses high intensity laser light to liquify the fat for easier removal.

Recovery after liposuction surgery

After liposuction, the surgeon may recommend wearing a compression garment for one to two months to help reduce swelling. Pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed to help manage discomfort and prevent infection. It is important to follow the surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing.

In the first few days after surgery, it is important to rest and take it easy. Some people may be able to return to work after a week, but it may be necessary to wait longer before resuming normal daily activities and exercise. It is important to listen to your body and follow the surgeon’s instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

The surgeon may place drainage tubes in the incisions to help remove excess fluid. During the recovery period, it is common for the remaining fat to settle into position, which may result in some contour irregularities. These typically resolve on their own over time, but it is important to communicate any concerns with the surgeon.

Liposuction candidates

Generally, liposuction candidates are individuals :

  • With good health and no major health problems
  • Within 30% of their ideal weight.
  • Who have firm, good skin elasticity and muscles tone.
  • With fat deposit in body areas that do not respond to exercise and diet.
  • With realistic expectations.
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