What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that aims to eliminate sttuborn fat deposits and improve body contour. Liposuction can be performed on almost the entire body: face, neck, arms, back, chest, abdomen, buttocks, knees and calves.
What liposuction does not do?
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity and does not replace the practice of physical exercise and good eating habits. Individuals with areas of fat on their bodies who exercise regularly are the best candidates for this procedure.
Liposuction versus Laxity in the belly
Women with a lot of laxity in the belly, from multiples pregnancies or bariatric surgery, should not have liposuction on the front of the belly. This is because when removing the fat under the flaccid skin, it loses its support and the flaccidity gains prominence.
Sometimes like this case, the ideal is to combine liposuction surgery with atummy tuck, which aims to remove the excesso of skin, making the belly more flat than before.
What happens at the first appointment?
During your first consultation, the plastic surgeon will assess your body mass index (BMI), weight and firmness of the skin and your general health.
In some cases, it is possible for the doctor to order tests to confirm your health status, such as, for example, electrocardiogram, blood and urine tests, among others that the professional considers important for your case. In addition, it will explain the techniques, the parts of the body to work with and the estimated amount of fat to remove.
It is important that during the consultation the professional clears all doubts about the liposuction procedure, post-operative care and recovery time. Taking doubts also about anesthesia, whether it is necessary to spend the night in the hospital or not, besides the price of the surgery in general
Step 1 - Anesthesia
Medicines are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Options include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will discuss the what is the best option for you.
Step 2 - Incision
Liposuction is performed through small, imperceptible incisions.
First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then, a thin hollow tube (cannula) is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat, using a controlled back and forth motion.
The displaced fat is then aspirated out of the body, using a surgical aspirator or syringe attached to the cannula.
Step 3 - Results
The improvement in body contour will be apparent when the swelling and fluid retention decrease, it’s take around 4-6 month. With continuous healthy diet and physical activity practices, the loss of excess fat should be preserved. However, substantial weight gain can alter the result obtained with the surgery.