In spite of dieting and exercising, a lot of people store localized fat, which causes disproportioned body contours. Such deposits can occur because of genetic factors, weight fluctuation, lack of exercise and more.
Liposuction is the surgery that corrects and improves body contour. It reshapes specific areas of the body and removes excess fat. In some cases, the fat removed from one part of the body can be grafted to a different part — like the gluteal region or the face — to achieve the desired shape and harmony.
Liposuction can be performed in several areas of the body like the abdomen, back, lumbar region, thighs, arms, and neck. Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with other procedures.
Liposuction is not recommended for weight loss but for the removal of localized fat.
Terms like Hidroliposuction, Miniliposuction, Ultrasonic Hidrolipoclasia, Liposculpture are terms used to sell this surgical procedure.
It is important to emphasize that liposuction, when performed under the correct hospital guidelines, is as safe as any other surgery in regard to presenting the same risks.
Am I a candidate for this procedure?
Liposuction is recommended if your problem is localized fat in a specific area of the body.
Liposuction is performed in a hospital setting under general anestesia with small, inconspicuous incisions — generally smaller than 5-8 mm. During the procedure, a diluted local anesthesia is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma in the area being worked on. A cannula, a thin hollow tube measuring 3-4 mm in diameter, is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat. The duration of the procedure is usually 3 hours, and the patient stays overnight at the hospital.
Following completion of the procedure, the patient uses an elastic bandage for 60 days. Lymphatic drainage massage therapy is recommended after the third day. You may resume any personal care activities after surgery. Soon after the surgery, it is normal to feel good and without pain, but it is important to avoid physical activities and sun exposure. Follow-up visits should be made as advised by your plastic surgeon.
How long will my results last?
It is not possible to predict the durability of the liposuction result. The result will depend on several individual factors, which varies from patient to patient. For example: genetic factors, lifestyle, and skin care.
The combination of dermatological procedures and proper skin care is important to maintain post-surgery results.