Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery in which excess fatty tissue is removed from a specific area of the human body.
Liposuction is used to destroy fat, which is not possible to eliminate with diets or exercises. This is usually necessary to make the body more proportional, to improve its appearance and to adjust the shape. In rare cases, liposuction is used for severe obesity, when you need to reduce the amount of fat as soon as possible and by any means, because overweight creates a threat to the patient’s life. Lipomas are also removed using liposuction.
A Guide To Liposuction: Answers to FAQs
Does liposuction help lose weight?
This is not entirely true. Liposuction helps to get rid of excess fat in certain parts of the body. As a rule, patients choose their hips, knees, abdomen, chest, arms, chin area. But this is a local effect, which in general will not change anything in the body. After one operation, you cannot immediately lose weight everywhere and turn into a slim person. As a rule, it makes sense to do liposuction if you have already lost weight, have learned to keep the desired weight but you are not satisfied with the accumulated fat in one place, which refuses to disappear, despite your efforts. Liposuction does not help cure obesity, get rid of cellulite or stretch marks.
How many kilograms can I lose after surgery?
In one operation, as a rule, no more than 2.5 liters of fat are pumped out. One liter weighs about 900 grams. That is you will not have a global weight loss.
How is liposuction performed?
Plastic surgery in Glasgow uses several techniques that are slightly different from each other. The general principle is to introduce the tube into the body, with the help of which excess fat can be pumped out from under the skin. First, the patient is prepared for an operation that takes place under anesthesia (epidural anesthesia can sometimes be used if fat is supposed to be pumped out of the lower half of the body). Then the area is treated with special medicines. Then you need to prepare adipose tissue: break up the cells using ultrasound, laser or the introduction of a special solution. The broken fat is sucked out of the body with the help of tubes. After the operation, the tubes are removed, sutures are put on and bandages and special clothes are put on the patient. The operation lasts 1-3 hours, depending on the extent of the removal of fat.
What is the best technique?
The most sparing technique is tumescent liposuction. This is a procedure for which local anesthesia may be sufficient. In the area where the operation is carried out, a large amount of medication is injected: lidocaine, vasoconstrictor agents and saline, which helps to remove fat. Laser liposuction is often used for small areas on the face: tubes for removing fat are smaller in diameter than with other methods.
What should I do before liposuction?
First, make sure you need this operation. If you are obese, liposuction will not help – you need to bring the weight back to normal non-surgical methods. Then you need to understand that you can keep your weight in a normal framework, that is, to spend at least six months in a stable weight. If you still want to have an operation, it makes sense to prepare psychologically, perhaps even visit a psychologist. After all, surgery is a complicated procedure that only removes some of the fat, but does not change the rest of life and does not help to become more active and better. After that, you need to choose a clinic and follow all the surgeon’s recommendations, stock up on compression underwear and tune in to the recovery period.
How long will it take to recover?
It depends on the method of operation you choose. After some techniques, recovery takes up to three months. More modern operations performed in Glasgow require two weeks of recovery, but you can return to work within a few days (if the work does not involve great physical exertion). After the operation, you will need to wear special underwear and bandages, so that there will be no edema and hematomas will not form. They may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections, as well as painkillers, while damaged tissue heals. A few days after the operation you cannot get behind the wheel, for the entire healing period you need to forget about bad habits.
Is it true that the weight will return later?
This is possible. During one session, a small amount of fat is specially removed so that the effect of a fast diet does not appear when the body is gaining its usual amount of fat at a high rate. Otherwise, much depends on the individual characteristics: whether you are inclined to be overweight, whether you are dieting and trying to maintain weight. In any case, it makes sense to speak of a good effect from the operation no sooner than six months after the intervention, although the results are noticeable immediately after the inevitable edemas pass.
Who should not do liposuction?
Like any surgical procedure, liposuction has contraindications:
- Blood diseases, coagulation disorders;
- Oncological diseases;
- Diseases of the kidneys and liver;
- Thrombophlebitis, varicose veins;
- Diseases of the cardiovascular system.
In general, it is necessary to consult a plastic surgeon whether it is possible to do this operation.
What are the complications and side effects of liposuction?
There is a risk of unpleasant consequences, as with any other surgical intervention. It depends on many factors: from the skill of the surgeons to the characteristics of the patients. The most unpleasant consequences are:
- Vascular blockage with blood clots or fat;
- Hematomas and edemas;
- Numbness in the area of liposuction, which lasts several months;
- Change in skin color in the area of operation;
- “Washboard effect”;
- Asymmetry. In case of unsuccessful operation, adipose tissue is unevenly distributed and disproportions of the figure are visible.
Will scars remain?
Small ones. The operation leaves scars in places where tubes have been injected under the skin. Scars can be almost invisible.
To do or not to do?
Only you can answer this question. Liposuction is usually a cosmetic surgery. If you are sure that the operation will help you feel better – consult with experts at Confidence Cosmetic Surgery Glasgow and make a decision.