Liposuction surgery

Every surgery needs some preparations by the patient. Your surgeon will give the exact instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. This would include recommendations on eating, drinking, smoking and exercising before and after liposuction. Specific medications, such as aspirin or herbal supplements, should be discontinued 2 weeks prior surgery. It is important for you to mention to your doctor any medications you are taking. The use of iron tablets, vitamins, and certain medicines will be considered by your operating surgeon.

The liposuction surgery

Your surgery may have to be postponed due to the common cold or an infection, especially a skin infection. In rare cases, your doctor may suggest that you have blood drawn some time before the operation in case it is needed during the liposuction surgery . You should arrange with someone to take care of you after the procedure for a few days, since all patients are treated in the outpatient care department. Only the rare case requires a short hospital stay, and this will be explained by your doctor.The surgery may take from 1 to 2 hours, depending on thetechnique of liposuction and the size of the area treated, as well as the volume of fat removed and type of anesthesia applied. Various techniques may be used and some last longer than the others. Markings are used prior to surgery to mark the precise area where unwanted fat should be removed. Once anesthesia starts to work, a small incision is made in order to insert a small, hollow tube, and fat is removed from a certain area. A few incisions may be needed depending on the size of the area. Then the tube is pushed and pulled through the fat layer, destroying the fat cells in the tissue. Fat is suctioned using a syringe or a vacuum device. The amount of fat removed depends on the technique chosen and can be up to 4 or 5 litters if a large amount liposuction is performed. The surgeon tries to leave the scars as inconspicuous as possible.

Anesthesia

Anesthesia, which is the loss of feeling or sensation either with or without loss of consciousness, is needed during plastic surgery . Local, general, or epidural anesthesia can be chosen during the liposuction procedure. The selection of a specific type of anesthesia is chosen by the patient and the doctor together to assure the safest and most comfortable state during surgery. The patient‘s physical status should be taken in consideration regarding the type of anesthesia chosen. However, most commonly, general anesthesia is applied during liposuction. When small areas are treated, local anesthesia may be applied. So, the type of anesthesia chosen depends on the physical state, area treated, and patient‘s preference

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After liposuction

After your liposuction surgery you may need someone‘s help at home. You will be recommended by your doctor to start walking around as soon as possible to decrease the swelling and help avoid blood clots from forming in your legs. Either the doctor removes the stitches or they dissolve on their own within 7 to 10 days.

After liposuction

A snug compression garment helps the swelling to heal more quickly and may be needed for about two weeks. The results of the liposuction procedure become visible within 5-6 weeks after surgery, when the swelling decreases. The patient can return to work in 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure. More difficult activity is possible in 2 to 4 weeks. However, you should take into consideration that full recovery from bruising and swelling may take up to 6 months. So, you may not want to plan your holidays in a hot climate within 6 months after surgery. As some fluid may discharge in the areas of the incisions, a small drainage tube may be inserted underneath the skin to avoid fluid accumulation for a few days. Swelling, bruising, temporary pain, burning, and bleeding may occur after surgery and can be reduced by medications prescribed by your surgeon. However, you may still feel a bit stiff or depressed for a few days after surgery, but you will start feeling better as your looks starts to improve and swelling reduces. With all this in mind, it is easier to tolerate the period after surgery. You will have to see your doctor regularly so that he can check your physical health and your progress. If any additional procedures are needed, your surgeon will advise you so.

Liposuction risk and complications

Liposuction is a relatively safe procedure. But, as any surgery, it can have certain health risks and possible complications. Risks increase depending on age and physical state of the patient, as well as on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed. The greater the area, the bigger the risk of liposuction. Also, liposuction procedures in which 4 – 5 litters of fat are removed have greater risks than other techniques. You should know that there are no guarantees in having a good result, as it is very individual and depends also on the patient‘s body. Complications, though very rare, still occur. The most frequent complications after liposuction are skin irregularities and contour deformities. Other possible complications include an asymmetric or irregular skin surface, especially for older patients. In such cases, additional sugery may be suggested. Other risks include infection, which can be prevented by taking antibiotics, and skin injury. In addition, pigmentation changes and fluid accumulation may occur after liposuction. Scars from liposuction usually do not cause any discomfort as they are barely visible and placed to be hidden from view.

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Alternatives to liposuction

Women always wanted to look perfectly – they wanted to have beautiful face and good looking body. Women who had problems with weight, made up their mind to undergo the liposuction procedure, when the liposuction technique became available for society. The majority of them were satisfied with results. Liposuction was so popular that it achieved the distinction of being the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure! However liposuction is a very serious surgical procedure and may involve a painful recovery. Still many women and even man decide to undergo the liposuction.

Sometimes people change their mind not to do the operation; sometimes doctors refuse to perform the operation, claiming that patient is not a good candidate for liposuction, because he/she has health problems. In such case people try to find alternatives to liposuction.

The way to achieve weight loss is making by lifestyle changes. Healthy eating and proper exercises in daily routine will help to shape the body. Choose a diet that will allow losing weight safely and effectively. It should be balanced both hormonally and calories, including a variety of fresh, wholesome foods. For people who decided not to undergo the fat soaking operation, there are four solutions: to go on a diet; exercise; accept the body as it is; use clothing or make-up to downplay or emphasize body or facial features. Also there are such alternatives as abdominoplasty or reduction mammaplasty. The last two alternatives are up for concrete areas of the body.

Abdominoplasty

Otherwise called “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgical procedure used for reshaping the abdomen. The excess fat is removed from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the skin. Sometimes when the big part of weight is missed out, the unnecessary skin stays; in such case the abdominoplasty is the only way to remove it.

Reduction mammaplasty or breast reduction

Women with large breasts may have health problems caused by the excessive weight from back. Bra straps may leave marks on the shoulders. Breast reduction is designed for such women. It helps to decrease the pain in the back area. Large breasts mean heavy breasts. Heaviness causes the pain in the back and neck area. There were cases when women have problems with breathing or skin (heavy breast entrain the skin).

Generally last two cases are not alternatives it is more likely an exception.

The most reasonable alternatives to liposuction are exercising and going on a diet. Initially, people should try to slim down by using “natural liposuction”. There a lot of sport clubs, that offers variety of sport programs, different sport activities in swimming pool. Instead of losing weight by eating nothing they can book a visit to dietician who will prescribe the proper diet for them. If the results won’t be satisfactory after all they have done they may choose to undergo liposuction.

People become spoiled. They pay money for cosmetic surgical procedures instead of trying to reach positive results by themselves. It is understandable when people undergo laser eye operation or rhinoplasty, or laser hair removal, or breast correction, but overweight can be fixed by natural means, liposuction is not the only solution to improve body lines!

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