Liposuction

Liposuction is a technique to eliminate unwanted accumulations of fat beneath the skin. In those areas there is no excess skin. In effect, the procedure could be described as body contouring or modeling because it changes the shape of the silhouette. Liposuction is no alternative to weight reduction. It helps to eliminate fat tissue in areas that don't respond to exercise or dieting, typically on arms, calves, knees, above the breasts and under the chin. Liposuction can reduce disproportionately large hips, buttocks, and thighs, or a protruding abdomen. If more than one problem exists, liposuction can be done in several locations in one operation, or be combined with another operation. Both men and women are ideal candidates.

The procedure

During the procedure, the surgeon inserts a small metal tube connected to a suction machine into a very small incision adjacent to the area with undesired fat accumulation. The fat is aspirated. Saline solution with added medication might be used to ease the removal of the fat tissue. The incisions are small and therefore the scars are inconspicuous. No more than two liters of fat can be removed in one operation. The length of the procedure depends on the number of treated areas, usually between one and two hours.

Recovery

Following the surgery, you will be placed in an elastic support garment that covers and compresses the treated areas. The purpose is to apply gentle pressure to eliminate potential bleeding, limit fluid accumulation in the tissue, and to smooth the final contour. You will have to wear this garment for three to four weeks. Liposuction is typically followed by considerable bruising and swelling but the condition will improve dramatically after about a week. Normal activities except heavy physical load can be resumed in five to seven days. 

Results are permanent and highly visible. Because fat cells have been removed by liposuction, no fat accumulation can occur again in the treated areas. Even if you gain weight significantly, those areas will remain unchanged. There is a possibility that the skin over treated areas may be rippled or uneven. In some cases, permanent sagging may occur. This happens because of loss of skin elasticity. A surgical removal of excess skin may in some cases be needed to achieve the best results.

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