Liposuction Q&A

Liposuction is performed to give greater proportionality to the contours of the body. Some local places of fatty deposits (fat traps) have little to do with nutrition and exercise, and it is in these places that liposuction is recommended.

Virtually all areas of the body with excessive local fat are amenable to liposuction correction. Liposuction of the hips, knees, abdomen, buttocks, shoulders, waist, face and chin are most common.

The causes of accumulation of fat cells in various parts of the body are largely determined by heredity and hormones. Local fat deposits (fat traps) can be found in typical places by female or male type.

We are born with a certain amount of fat cells. Weight gain is associated with an increase in the size of these cells.

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As a result of liposuction, the number of fat cells decreases, and this gives a stable result, provided that small weight fluctuations occur. However, in the fight against cellulite, the liposuction method helps a little.

Laser liposuction has some positive features and can successfully supplement vacuum liposuction. In such a combination, laser liposuction becomes a unique method of correcting the contours of the body and becomes effective in the fight against cellulite.

It also expands the possibilities of liposuction with thin and flabby skin, as well as liposuction in complex areas (shoulder and inner thigh liposuction).

Especially it is necessary to stop on a new laser two-wave liposuction! Liposuction is not a method of weight loss, but the most effective way to remove localized fat deposits. Preventing the appearance of new fat deposits in other parts of the body is proper nutrition and physical activity.

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Operation

Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia (depending on the volume), while a local anesthetic is injected into adipose tissue to reduce discomfort after surgery.

During liposuction, small punctures are made on the skin, excess fat is sucked off with a long blunt cannula.

Punctures are glued together with fibrin glue, this method makes punctures invisible. With extensive liposuction, in the clinic you stay for the night. On the day of surgery, you will be given special compression underwear for wearing during the first 2-3 weeks after the operation, to reduce edema and give a flat shape.

Postoperative period

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At the site of surgery, patients experience a decrease in sensitivity and aching sensations, and swelling and bruising are possible. This is a temporary discomfort that occurs during the first few weeks after surgery.

To reduce swelling and get the ideal skin surface, it is recommended to take a course of a special kind of massage of connective tissue or a complex of physical procedures. Three weeks after liposuction, physical activity is allowed in the gym. The process of healing in each patient proceeds individually.

Listen to the signals of your body, follow them!

During the first six months, do not forget to wear a tape or apply a sunscreen with a high protection factor for small punctures (about 2-4 mm). The result of liposuction

The primary result of liposuction can be seen the next day, more proportional body contours, can be seen only after 1 month, the final result in 2-4 months. It is important that your expectations are realistic. Keep in mind that for each patient the results are individual due to differences determined by genetic predisposition, subcutaneous fat structure, and degree of elasticity and skin quality. You can consult with dietitians for recommendations on nutrition and exercise.

Postoperative treatment, combined procedure

Liposuction is often combined with other types of plastic surgery, such as a tummy tuck, thigh plastic, breast reduction, facelift, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and lipofilling, and others.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

How to prepare for the operation?

Be in good shape and collect as much information as possible about the preoperative, operational and postoperative period.

How long does the operation last?

It depends on the size and number of operated sites, but, as a rule, the operation time is from 30 minutes to two hours.

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What are the most common complaints after surgery?

This is swelling, soreness, bruising and decreased sensitivity in the area of liposuction. This is a temporary discomfort, and swelling and bruising, as a rule, take place during the first weeks after the operation.

When can I go home?

As a rule, on the day of surgery, but with extensive liposuction you will stay in the clinic for the night.

What are the risks and complications?

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With any surgical intervention, there is a risk of bleeding and infection. Nevertheless, with liposuction this happens very rarely. In addition, there is a small risk of unevenness, especially with an excess of thin skin.

When can I start taking a shower?

The next day after the operation or 2-3 days you can take a shower.

How long will it take until i see results?

The first few weeks you will still have swelling, and it will be difficult to objectively evaluate the result. You can independently observe a gradual improvement in the result. The final result can be estimated only 2-4 months after the operation.

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Will fat cells grow back after liposuction?

No, as a result of reducing the number of fat cells during liposuction, a new ratio of cells will become permanent.

Proper nutrition and physical activity are important for maintaining results. Of course, liposuction can not prevent an increase in the total body weight.

What happens to the skin after liposuction?

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It depends on the individual characteristics of the body and the specific part of the body. Decreased skin elasticity is observed with age, as a result of sun exposure and after pregnancy.

With a poor elasticity of the skin as a result of liposuction, its excess is formed, which is recommended to be removed.

To minimize the risk of unevenness in the operated area, it is recommended to undergo a special massage of connective tissue, LPG, radiovascular skin lifting, microcurrent therapy. LPG is also effective for fighting cellulite.

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Should I break away from work?

A break in work can take from one to two weeks, depending on the scale of the operation and the nature of your job responsibilities. When can I start exercising and sunbathing? During the first six months, do not forget to wear a tape or apply a sunscreen with a high protection factor for small puncture marks.

The next day after the operation you will be able to walk quietly. Three weeks after surgery, physical activity is allowed in the gym.

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