Liposuction involves the reduction and elimination of stubborn fat deposits that persist even after diet and exercise. The most common region of the body that undergo this procedure are the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, chin, upper arms, and other parts of the body.
Is liposuction safe? Like any surgery, it can be dangerous if you don’t find the right doctor, but in most cases, it is perfectly safe.
Who is a candidate?
The candidate for liposuction is a person who has excess fat localized in one place, which was non-reactive (resistant) to the previous diet and/ or exercise. This is the procedure of choice, especially when the skin is still elastic so that it’s not necessarily to remove excess skin in those regions.
What should you know before deciding to undergo surgery
You should definitely find out everything you can about liposuction before deciding on this procedure, since no matter how it sounds simple and safe, it is one of the aesthetic procedures with the risk, especially in certain medical conditions. Liposuction can be completely safe but only when it comes to the extent and indications envisaged and with the application of a precautionary measures.
General risks of surgery
Fat emboli can be life-threatening if formed. For this reason, there is a limit to the removal of more than 4.5 kg of fat, and in such cases, the procedure is approached in a special way.
What is the process?
A small incision is made near the place from which you will remove excess fat. The subcutaneous tissue can be injected with saline with local anesthetic in order to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Through an incision, the tube which is connected to a vacuum device gets access to the subcutaneous adipose tissue. Then, under the influence of vacuum to the desired place, it ‘sucks’ excess fats. And finally, a stitch is made to the position that was previously cut.
Type of anesthesia?
Local anesthesia, general or epidural (stomach and legs).
Care and treatment after the intervention
After the intervention, it is necessary to wear a garment for at least 3 weeks. After 3 weeks a gentle massage is necessary. Controlled diet and exercise are needed if you want the effects to be the best and so that it does not require reintervention.
Possible postoperative complications
Hematomas may occur in extensive procedures. Rarely, it can lead to infection or bleeding.
The postoperative course
Immediately after the operation, they may be present swelling, leakage, bruising and soreness in the region that has been treated. After 7 days, these side effects are reduced to a minimum, and they can last no longer than 3 weeks.
The results are permanent. After the intervention, this region often becomes sensitive to diet and exercise, which before the procedure was not the case, so the state can still improve or worsen further if you do not follow a healthy, moderate diet and regular exercise.