Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery, with which localized areas of fat accumulation are removed from the body, through a very fine tube called cannula. The fat from this area is sucked from the body through this tube, thus the patient obtains a slim and balanced silhouette.
With modern technological developments, liposuction surgery has become far less invasive and very safe.
Candidates for Liposuction
The ideal candidate for liposuction is presented with good general condition and is health, but has one or more areas with fat accumulation.
The patient must have realistic expectations and know that liposuction is not a massive weight loss method. Instead, it is often used to address local areas of fat accumulation, when other non-invasive methods of weight loss have failed.
Liposuction may be used to treat localized fat problems in the following areas:
The surgery can be performed under either general anesthesia or sedation, or under local anesthesia, depending on the amount of fat being removed. The incisions are very small and leave no scar. Through these incisions, a very fine cannula enters the body, through which the fat is sucked.
Recovery - Results
After liposuction, patient may experience mild swelling and bruising in the treated areas. The swelling subside within the first two months, when the patient can have a first safe evaluation of the outcome. For the first three weeks after surgery, the patient has to wear a corset or belt, depending on the treated area, in order to limit swelling. The patient can return to sports activities after a week (always depending on the amount of fat removed), while at work much sooner. The results of liposuction are permanent, as fatty tissue does not regenerate. The body areas treated with liposuction will never have fat accumulation. With liposuction the shape of the body changes; thus if the patient gains weight after surgery, he will do so in his new shape.