Body liposuction

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Body liposuction

What is liposuction?


Fotografija ženskog stomaka pre i posle liposukcije

Liposuction is a surgical method of body shaping that implies sucking out excess fat deposits from certain parts of the body with a vacuum system.

Why is liposuction done?

Liposukcija nije metoda mršavljenja, pa ako želite da se rešite viška kilograma, to nije pravo rešenje. Međutim, ako imate lokalizovane viškove masnih naslaga na pojedinim delovima tela, a koje ne mogu da se skinu dijetom ili vežbanjem, liposukcija je metoda izbora. Najčešće se radi liposukcija na stomaku, bokovima, butinama, nadlakticama, potkolenicama, leđima i zadnjici.


Who is a suitable candidate for liposuction? And who is not?

You are a suitable candidate for the liposuction if:

  • You are not too overweight.
  • You have elastic skin.
  • You have a good muscle tone.
  • You have localized fat deposits that do not disappear despite the diet and the workout.
  • Your general health is good.

You are not a suitable candidate for the liposuction if:

  • You have some chronic diseases.
  • You are obese.
  • You have loose skin.
  • You have had a deep vein thrombosis and you take blood-thinning medicine (warfarin and such).

How is liposuction done?

Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia. Before the surgery, the surgeon will do the exam and hear your desire and requests. He will mark the zones that need to be treated. Then he will suggest the technique that will give the best results in your case and explain all the steps of the procedure. He will also photograph you to compare the original state with the results.

The liposuction implies making minimal 3-millimeter incisions through which a cannula is inserted into the zone which is being treated. The cannula is connected to a vacuum system that sucks out excess fat. It is important to know that there is a limit to the amount of fat that is being sucked out, which is determined by the doctor.

How long the procedure lasts depends on the zone being treated. It can last up to 2-3 hours.

If the liposuction is of a lower extent, the patient can be released on the same day. If larger areas are treated, the patient stays at the hospital for a day.

Immediately after the liposuction has been done, the patient starts wearing a special, elastic compressive garment that makes pressure on the treated zone so the recovery goes faster, the lymph drainage is improved, pain, swelling, and bruises decreased. It is worn for 4 – 6 weeks after the surgery.

How will you feel right after the surgery and in the recovery period?

When the anesthesia wears off, you will feel discomfort or pain in the treated zones. Anti-inflammatory medicines are recommended against the pain, and it is also helpful to stand up and walk around the room. The pain starts to weaken gradually within 3-4 days. Some swellings and bruises can appear od the treated places, but they also subside gradually. You will probably be taking the antibiotics during the first week of the recovery.

You can return to work in 5-7 days. It is recommended to have massages and to work out from the moment when the pain disappears.

Are the liposuction results immediately visible and are they long-lasting?

The results of the liposuction are visible as soon as the swellings go away. The fat cells removed by liposuction do not return, so the result is long-lasting, but only in case you are careful about your diet and workout regularly. If you consume more calories than the amount which your organism needs, it leads to the production of new fat cells in other parts of the body. That is why liposuction does not lead to permanent slimness.

What are the risks and the side effects of liposuction?

As with any surgery, there are risks of allergic reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, and infection, but they are brought to a minimum when the surgery is performed in a completely sterile operational room and when the procedure is conducted according to a strict protocol by an experienced surgeon.

After the liposuction, the patient may feel numbness and pain accompanied by swellings and bruises. Some people may have impaired sensitivity and changes in skin color. Very rarely, there might be a hole or excess of loose skin. The miniature scars remain, but they pale with time and become almost invisible.



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