Table of contents:
- How to prepare for surgery
- How liposuction is performed
- Liposuction results
- Cautions during recovery
- Possible risks of liposuction
Liposuction is a plastic surgery indicated to remove excess fat located in a certain area of the body such as the belly, thighs, flanks, back or arms, for example, helping to improve the contour of the body.
This type of cosmetic procedure can be performed by both men and women and it is important that it is performed by a trusted plastic surgeon and under adequate hygiene and safety conditions.
How to prepare for surgery
Before performing liposuction, it is important that some tests are carried out to check the person's he alth status and reduce the risk of complications. blood.Learn more about the tests that must be done before plastic surgery.
Furthermore, it may be recommended by the doctor that a liquid diet be made in the two days before the surgery and that the person fast for about 8 hours before the procedure. It is also important to report any he alth problems, including colds and flu, to the doctor, as in this case it may be necessary to take other measures so that there is no interference during recovery.
How liposuction is performed
In case the person is able to perform the surgery, the plastic surgeon indicates the administration of anesthesia, which can be general or intravenous sedation, and as the anesthesia is taking effect, the delimitation of the area is made and that the fat will be removed. Then, small holes are made in the region to be treated so that a sterile liquid is introduced to reduce bleeding and a thin tube is introduced to release excess fat in the region.Once the fat is released, it is aspirated through a medical device attached to the thin tube.
Liposuction is an aesthetic procedure that can be performed when it is not possible to eliminate localized fat through diet or physical exercise, being indicated for both men and women. The duration of the surgery depends on the area and the amount of fat to be aspirated, ranging from a few minutes to a few hours. Check out other indications for liposuction.
In addition to removing fat, during liposuction the doctor can also perform liposculpture, which consists of using the removed fat and placing it elsewhere on the body, in order to improve the contour of the body. Thus, in the same surgery, it is possible to remove localized fat from the belly and then place it on the buttocks to increase volume, for example, without the need to use silicone implants.
After the surgery, the patient has a more defined body, in addition to losing some weight, due to the removal of localized fat, getting a more beautiful and thin body. However, after approximately 1 month of liposuction, the results can be better observed, as the person is no longer swollen, and the definitive results only begin to appear after 6 months.
This cosmetic surgery leaves virtually no scars, as small holes are made in places where it is difficult to see them, such as in the folds or inside the belly button, and therefore, it is an excellent solution for those who want to lose localized fat fast..
Cautions during recovery
Immediately after the surgery, it is normal for the site to be painful and swollen, and for this, you should take the medication prescribed by the doctor in order to reduce pain and discomfort. In addition, it is still recommended:
- Walk slowly for 10 minutes 2 times a day, up to 7 days after surgery;
- Staying with the brace or stockings throughout the day and all night for 3 days, without ever taking them off, being able to take them off only to sleep at the end of 15 days;
- Take a shower after 3 days, removing the bandages and drying the scars well and placing povidone-iodine and a band-aid under the stitches, as directed by the doctor;
- Take stitches, at the doctor, after 8 days.
In addition, it is important to take pain medication and antibiotics prescribed by the doctor and avoid sleeping on the site that was aspirated. See more about the care to be taken after liposuction surgery.
Possible risks of liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical technique with solid foundations and, therefore, is considered quite safe.However, as with any other type of surgery, liposuction also has some risks, especially related to infection at the cut site, sensitivity changes or bruising.
Another of the biggest risks of this surgery, and which has become increasingly rare, is the possible perforation of the organs, especially when liposuction is performed in the abdominal region.
The best way to reduce the risk of complications is to perform liposuction in a certified clinic with experienced professionals. Learn more about the main risks of liposuction.