A Fit And Proportional Body

A fit and proportionate body is often seen as a symbol of health and vitality.

However, despite the good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a disproportionate body due to local fat deposits. These regions may be due to hereditary or familial characteristics, rather than a lack of weight control or fitness.

If you are uncomfortable with excess fat accumulation on your face or somewhere in your body that does not respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be appropriate for you. In general, liposuction takes local or regional excess fat deposits to thin and shape specific areas of the body; thus improving your body lines and proportion, increasing your self-confidence.

This information provides an overview of liposuction. The best way to find out how liposuction can help you achieve your personal goals is to consult a plastic surgeon.

Be Sure!

When considering plastic surgery, be sure about the following:

  • Your surgeon must be a physician licensed to practice in your country of procedure.
  • Your surgeon must have completed a comprehensive training in plastic surgery and passed the exams.
  • Your surgeon must be a member of a national association of plastic surgery recognized by the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS).

 

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction, also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, is the surgical removal of localized or regional excess fatty tissue.
There are three common types of procedure:

  • Conventional liposuction, defined as surgical suction of excess fat deposits
  • Pneumatic assisted or super-wet technique requiring infusion of a solution which consists an anesthetic medication added with adrenaline before the removal of the fat.
  • Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty or UAL using ultrasound energy to liquefy excess fat before surgical suction.

 

These techniques are used to remove localized fat deposits from the following locations:/span>

  • Cheeks, jaw and neck
  • Buttocks and upper buttocks
  • Upper arms
  • Thighs
  • Breast or chest area
  • Inside of the knee
  • Back
  • Calves and ankles
  • Stomach and waist

 

In some cases, liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is used in combination with plastic surgery procedures such as rhytidoplasty, female or male breast reduction or abdominoplasty. Liposuction is not an obesity treatment or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not a 100 percent effective treatment for cellulite, which typically causes dimpled skin appearance on the thighs, buttocks and sides of the buttocks.

However, in an otherwise balanced figure, liposuction can permanently shape the body contours, where excess fat build-up creates excessively disproportionate areas. The ideal candidates for fat removal are those whose weight is 30% above or below their ideal weight, with tight and elastic skin, and their muscle tonus is good. Liposuction gives the best results in the following patients:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have life-threatening diseases or medical conditions that may prevent healing.
  • Non-smokers.
  • Individuals with a positive perspective and specific goals in mind to improve their body image.

 

People with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease complaints or who had previous surgery in the area to be treated may need special attention.

Where Should I Start?

A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step in learning how liposuction improve your body contours by removing localized fat deposits. The consultation is designed to fully educate you in a pressure-free environment about liposuction and includes the following:

  • Discussing your goals and assessing your situation
  • Options available in liposuction surgery
  • Possible consequences, risks and complications of liposuction
  • The treatment recommended by your plastic surgeon
  • Your plastic surgeon will also answer your questions.

 

Assessment

General health and personal perspective can greatly influence the results of liposuction surgery. These will be carefully evaluated during your consultation with your plastic surgeon. The success of your procedure, security and overall satisfaction depend on your ability to:

  • To share your expectations honestly
  • To fully explain your health history, medications you use, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol smoking and drug use
  • To strictly follow all instructions of your plastic surgeon.

 

My Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is a very personal procedure that requires special handling of special situations and areas you want to correct. Assessing skin tone and elasticity, as well as fat density and distribution, will help identify techniques appropriate to your situation.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure. All liposuction techniques require incisions in or near the area of suction in order to insert a properly sized cannula. In some cases, the incisions are so small that they do not require stitching for closure. After the cannula tip loosens excess fat, it is removed with a surgical vacuum or an electric suction device. In an alternative method, an injector attached to the cannula is used to manually extract the fat.

Manual suction with an injector is usually used when the areas where the fat is to be taken are too small and isolated, or when the fat is processed and injected into another part of the body. This procedure is called fat graft and can be used to fill wrinkles or empty areas of the face or dents anywhere on the face or body.

If large amounts of fat are to be removed from a single area, pressurising garments that surround the body can be used to help the skin adapt to the tapered body contours during the healing process. Sometimes, secondary procedures may be recommended to remove excess skin. Generally, if more than 5 litres or 5000 cc of fat is to be sucked, special precautions should be taken.

Characteristics that can be corrected by liposuction include jowl, fatty upper arms, enlarged male or female breasts, excess at the side of the waist and excess fat in the abdomen. In addition, liposuction can be used to shape the lower body: buttocks, thighs, knees, calves and ankles; thus, a more lean and proportionate figure is created.

Liposuction is carried out through small, unnoticeable incisions that are hidden in the body’s natural folds and contours. Excess fat is loosened by placing a thin, empty tube or cannula into these incisions and using a controlled reciprocating motion. The displaced fat is then removed using a surgical vacuum or a cannula injector.

Your corrected body contours can be seen after the swelling and fluid retention caused by liposuction passes. By maintaining a healthy diet and exercise, the shape and contour given can be permanently preserved. However, significant weight gain or loss can alter this normally enduring result.

Preparing For The Surgery

Your plastic surgeon will carefully explain your liposuction procedure.

Prior to surgery, you will be given special instructions, including the following:

  • Preoperative procedures, diagnostic tests and medications
  • Instructions and medications on the day of surgery
  • Specific information on the use of anaesthesia
  • Postoperative care and follow-up

 

In addition, you will be asked to sign a consent form to assure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo with your plastic surgeon and the possible risks and complications.

Possible risks of liposuction include irregular contours, fluctuating or sagging skin, skin or nerve damage, irregular pigmentation, surgical site infection, fat clots, blood clots, and thermal burn or heat damage from ultrasound in the UAL technique. All surgeries involve risks associated with anaesthesia. These and additional risks will be disclosed before your approval.

It is normal if you feel a little nervous or even anxious about the surgery. Discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

What To Expect?

Liposuction may be performed under local or general anaesthesia, which is added to sedation in your plastic surgeon’s accredited examination-based surgery facility or in a hospital. The anaesthesia decision will depend on the circumstances of your particular procedure and the preference of the patient and surgeon.

Your plastic surgeon and assistant staff will do their best to ensure your comfort and safety.

Following The Surgery

After your procedure is completed, a pressurising garment/corset or elastic bandage may be used in the treated areas. They help control swellings and compress your skin to fit your new lines. In addition, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to absorb excess blood that may accumulate. Before you are discharged, you and your accompanying family member, friend or carer will be given special instructions, including the following:

  • How to take care of the treated areas
  • Medications to be administered or taken orally to help heal and reduce the risk of infection
  • Specific changes in the surgical area or general health/span>
  • When to check with your plastic surgeon for examination

 

Development and Recovery

In the first phase of recovery, swelling, numbness, pain, bruises and medication-controlled discomfort are experienced. These are common situations.

Your plastic surgeon will give you specific post-operative instructions appropriate to the technique and grade of your procedure. These will include instructions on the use of pressurising garments, returning to daily activities and care of incisions. Follow all instructions carefully; this is crucial for the success of the result. In general, as soon as you feel ready, it is possible to return to your mild, normal activities and is recommended for the prevention of blood clots and other complications.-

Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days; if necessary, suturing will be removed during this time. Healing takes several weeks, during which the swelling is reduced. The incision lines improve over time. Continue to follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon and go to the controls as scheduled. It is recommended that you check your weight as large amounts of weight gain will reverse your results.

Results and Appearance

It may take several months for the swelling to completely disappear. When the swelling disappears, your new lines and your self-confidence will begin to increase.

Satisfaction from your initial results of liposuction will continue as long as you maintain your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition and regular physical activity. After liposuction, your slimmer and more proportionate body will better reflect your healthy and active life.