What is a liposuction?
Liposuction or commonly known as Lipo or body contouring is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat from one’s body, without any dieting or working out. This type of surgery became very popular since 2016. Almost 17 million surgeries have been performed since then.
This type of body fat usually accumulates around the hips, arms, face, belly, thighs. Liposuction, however, is not an overall weight loss procedure, it is ideally suited for those who have abnormal body fat in specific areas of their body and still, have stable body weight.
This procedure is an alternative to adamant body fat that refuses to go away even after working out; it typically reduces the number of fat cells of the targeted area. The quantum of fat to be removed depends on the amount of fat present and the actual shape of the targeted area.
How is a good candidate for this procedure?
Although Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and diet, healthy individuals who are approximately 30% from their ideal goal weight and have a good amount of elasticity in their skin along with a good muscle tone are ideal candidates for this procedure. Both men and women are able to have this procedure done as it is used to remove fat pockets that are hard to get rid of merely with exercise and dieting. Patients should also not smoke, or stop smoking approximately two weeks before the surgery as this can create complications and heighten the percentage of risks involved with the procedure. Ideal patients for this procedure should also keep a positive outlook on exercise and dieting. It is very important to maintain a stable and steady weight before considering this procedure. If you are planning on dropping a significant amount of weight though, or becoming pregnant, liposuction might not be a good idea since the skin can lose a lot of its elasticity and create saggy skin over the abdomen.
How can you prepare for a Liposuction procedure?
Firstly you should be cautious, though this is a part of cosmetic surgery, it is important to choose the right surgeon. To be confident to make the right decision one should refer to the impaneled member surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
This organization has specific criteria for selecting their member surgeons; typically the surgeon should have more than six years of surgical experience and a minimum of three years as a plastic surgeon.
There are certain guidelines put down by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on how to prepare you for a Liposuction procedure.
The ideal scenario for one to be prepared for the Liposuction procedure is to be in good health, if that is not the case then certain key steps need to be followed
- Get yourself medically examined for any anomalies
- One should not hide any information pertaining to their health to the doctor or surgeon
- If you are on any kind of medication consult your doctor and the surgeon
- Avoid all pain killers, protein supplements, certain vitamins like vitamin E, birth control pills, aspirins, ibuprofen, herbal therapies
- Quit smoking before the surgery, at least a month before as it delays the recovery process
- Arrange for a family member or friend to stay with you in the hospital for at least a night
- Your overweight body should be within 30% of your actual body weight. Avoid losing or gaining weight, try to keep your body weight steady
- One should avoid any form of crash diet or fat elimination diet
- Doctors will evaluate the skin type, people with good skin elasticity make good candidates for this procedure
- Don’t shave the region to be operated at 24 hours before the surgery
- Don’t wear tight, body-hugging clothes to the hospital on the day of the surgery
- One should not drive to the surgery by themselves
How long does the Liposuction surgery last?
Liposuction procedures are different for different patients and can last for anything from 30 minutes to 5 hours, this depends on the body part the surgery is performed and the medical condition of the patient.
This also accounts for the type and amount of anesthesia used during the surgery, if it is isolated anesthesia for only a specific area; the procedure is faster as compared to full anesthesia when a larger area of the body is operated.
The area to be operated will be marked using a pen and photographs would be taken to compare pre and post-surgery look.
Special high-frequency vibrators, for some patients’ high-pressure water jets, are used to dissolve the fat from the targeted area.
Small incisions are made to insert the tube to suck out the fat using specially designed vacuum pumps, this tube is continuously moved back and forward to suck the fat out. Excess body fluids and blood are continuously drained using small draining tubes, this happens throughout the operation.
In brief, the time taken for Liposuction Procedure is mention for reference
- Liposuction for neck takes 20 to 30 minutes
- For abdomen Lipo, the time taken is 1 to 2 hours
- Operating on arms take about an hour and a half as both of them are operated
- Buttocks liposuction takes about 45 minutes to an hour
- Legs and back procedures take approximately an hour to complete, again for legs both the legs are treated
- Full body liposuction takes about 3 to 4 hours, however, this procedure is not recommended as it can have serious post-surgery effects
All these procedures require thirty minutes before the surgery, to administer anesthesia and post-surgery thirty minutes to recover.
What you need to know about your liposuction recovery?
The liposuction procedure is normally done during the day procedure, having said that some Liposuction recovery procedures recommend an overnight stay as general anesthesia is administered. Normally during the Liposuction recovery period, one is not allowed to self-drive for 24 hours post-operation.
One may be given antibiotics as part of the Liposuction recovery process to comfort from the pain as well and any swelling that may be associated with it.
Liposuction recovery includes elastic bandages that need to be worn, this is to treat the operated area for a month or so, this supports the healing process and reduces the risk of swelling or bruising.
The swelling is pertinent and may last as long as six months depending on the size of the area treated.
Numbness is another common factor in the area operated and may last as long as two months.
Bouncing to normal life typically takes two weeks, however is a small or very small section of the body is operated it takes 3 to 4 days to recover.
A few things that one should keep in mind is to avoid any heavy activity or hard work for the first month, as chances of swelling or pain may increase.
The final post-operation body contouring will not be visible as long as the swelling persists but subtle changes can be seen in a few weeks. The outcome of liposuction is everlasting provided a healthy lifestyle is maintained
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