What is a Liposuction?
It is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits in all areas of the body. Patients who are fit and of normal-weight with firm elastic skin, who require a reduction of isolated fat pockets are best selected for this procedure. Liposuction is a procedure that focuses on a specific area which you would like to sculpt or slim down. These include the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck as well as medical conditions such as a benign fat tumour (lipoma) or male breasts (gynaecomastia). Modern liposuction involves several new techniques and machines that help sculpt fat. At Lutétia Clinic our board certified plastic surgeons use body-jet® evo and Vaserlipo liposuction machines to give more precise results and quicker recovery times. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods. Liposuction is often combined with other body contouring surgical procedures and is one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures.
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What happens during a liposuction procedure?
During the procedure the plastic surgeon will remove loose skin and excess fat along with tightening the tummy muscles (these are known as the rectus muscles and when they stretch aprt this is referred to as diastasis). A tummy tuck is not a quick weight loss option and needs to be carefully considered. The surgeon will evaluate if you have any stretch marks in the area, often these can be removed or made less noticeable. A full abdominoplasty involves scars around the umbilicus (belly button). If you only have skin laxity towards the lower part of the abdomen a mini tummy tuck can be performed which does not leave a scar around the umbilicus. A muscle tightening procedure can also be conducted with a mini-tummy tuck.
How long will it take for results to show and how long is the recovery time?
Your recovery time, post-operative instructions and how long before you can resume your normal physical activity and work will be individualized depending on your procedure and discussed prior to your surgery. You will receive a medical support garment that will be required to be worn.
It is important to note that your surgeon will share detailed instructions of how to take care of your surgical areas and any warning symptoms to look out for. The amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among patients and this will be discussed based on your particular case.
Liposuction results are technically permanent as the fat cells are removed. It is important to note that weight gain, natural aging, pregnancy and lifestyle factors can influence your results over time. Therefore, it is important to ensure a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight is maintained for best results. Routine follow-ups after surgery should not be missed.
The final results of liposuction will be apparent at approximately 4-6 months after the procedure.
What happens at the consultation?
Remember to write down all your possible concerns and questions and have them ready for when you meet with your plastic surgeon. You will be discussing your surgical options, the pros and cons of each, as well as your medical history. The surgeon will need to know all your current medications you are taking and any serious illness you may have had in the past and as to whether you smoke.
You will have a medical examination, including medical photography that will be placed in your confidential medical file (you will sign a consent form for taking, storing and using the photographs). Your height and weight will be measured to ensure you are physically fit for the operation. It is important to note that if you are planning to fall pregnant your surgeon might delay the procedure.