Liposuction is also popular as lipoplasty or lipectomy and its main goal is to redefine body contours of those areas, which don’t respond to workouts or exercise. It is a cosmetic surgical process, where fat gets suctioned from specific areas.
Who is eligible for liposuction?
People near to or are at their ideal weight but have disproportionate fat deposits that does not respond to exercise or diet can enjoy the benefits of liposuction. The other aspect is the candidate’s skin elasticity as well as muscle tone. If there is plenty of weight loss and loose hanging skin then lipectomy can worsen these issues.
What liposuction can’t do?
The amount of fat deposits that get sucked, during lipectomy is around 1 to 9 pounds. It cannot help to remove extra forty to fifty pounds you gained in the last decade. Usually, cellulite appearance cannot be reduced. There are some other ways, which can be used in synch with liposuction. Visit this website to learn more about other cellulite procedures or cool sculpting besides liposuction.
As many women think about balancing body proportions, liposuction is conducted with breast lift. Some women have excess fat in specific areas, so body lift procedures or tummy tuck can help them improve their overall structure.
Complications and risks
- Excessive hematoma or bleeding
- Fat clots
- Anesthesia risks
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Persistent pain or swelling
- Damage to organs, muscles, blood vessels and nerves
- Change in skin sensation
- Cardiac & pulmonary issues
- Need for extra surgery
- Unfavorable scarring, skin sagging, skin discoloration, etc.
Before the procedure
Surgeon examines and prescribes pre-op lab tests to get familiar with your health status. You will be asked to avoid certain medications or start taking some prescribed drugs a couple of weeks prior the surgery schedule.
During the procedure
- Pre-op photographs will be clicked.
- The surgeon will mark the target areas.
- You will be connected with the monitors to keep track of your blood pressure, blood oxygen level and heart rate.
- IV fluids will be started, so your fluid level stays regulated during the process.
- General anesthesia is used for your comfort.
- Small incisions are made in natural creases, so that they remain hidden.
- Fat is prepared to be suctioned.
- Cannulas is a hollow metal tube, which gets inserted through the incisions.
- Surgeon moves the tiny cannulas backward and forward, so as to loosen suction fat that is drained via tubes in the waiting receptacles.
- Finally, with surgical sutures, the incisions are closed. If the surgeon finds it necessary then small drain tubes are positioned at incision sites.
You are then taken to recovery area. A compression garment will be given to wear. It will help to control the swelling and help skin conform to new body shape.
After some hours, you will be asked to stay overnight or go home. If you are allowed to go home then have someone drive you from the clinic. Exercise and strenuous work must be resumed, after the doctor says so. It will depend on the procedure extent, areas treated and severity of your job needs.
The incision sites must be not subjected to abrasion, excessive force, or too much motion across the healing period. If you feel severe pain then call your doctor. Generally, incision site bruises will fade within a month but it will take minimum three months to totally judge the result.