Is the protruding belly killing your confidence? The best part about liposuction is that it restores your morale as you get comfortable in your body, rocking anything you want. You get more energized and enthusiastic about life.
If you consider liposuction, you’ve probably had tons of questions on what the procedure looks like. Are you confused about whether to take the surgery or not? More often, you want to look comfortable in your body. Here are few answers to help you in making a decision.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery for body contouring. It uses the suction technique to tone your body by getting rid of extra fat from different areas, for example, chin, neck, arms, abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. It is also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture, lipo, lipectomy, and body contouring. It is a safe procedure that gives results within 1-3 months.
Which Body Areas are Suitable for Liposuction?
Liposuction surgery removes fat cells from various parts of the body, including the chin, neck, arms, abdomen, stomach, buttocks, or thighs.
Am I the right Candidate for Liposuction?
Best candidates for liposuction are adults:
- within 30% of their ideal weight for their height and age.
- With firm and elastic skin,
- Have a good muscle tone.
- Are Healthy individuals
- Have no life-threatening illness
- Have no medical conditions that can impair healing
- Are Non-smokers.
How Do I Prepare for Liposuction?
In preparing for liposuction surgery, you will be required to:
- Get lab testing
- Get a medical evaluation
- Take/adjust medications
- Quit smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin,
- Stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs
- Sop taking herbal supplements
Before going for liposuction, you need to consult your surgeon. They will give you all the information that you need before the operation. The surgeon must assess your health status before recommending a liposuction surgery. You will also need to discuss your safety. Follow the specific instructions several weeks prior to the surgery.
If you are a smoker, you will need to quit smoking as it prolongs the recovery period and prevents fast healing of the wounds. It would be great if you also stopped taking any drugs that can increase bleeding during the procedure.
- It can treat areas of fat that are resistant to exercise and diet.
- It reduces the number of fat cells in isolated areas.
- permanently remove fat cells from the body.
- Get Results in 1 to 3 months.
Recovery After The Procedure
How long will I Take to Recover after liposuction?
2 – 3 weeks
People are different and therefore the recovery time may differ from person to person. Recovery also depends on the amount of fat removed from your body and the technique used during the liposuction surgery. It takes a minimum of around three weeks for one month to recover completely.
What Do I Expect During Recovery Time After Liposuction?
Contact your doctor if you notice an irregular heartbeat, chest pains, bleeding, or any severe pain. Most doctors stay with patients over the night to monitor their recovery progress. They will give you painkillers to ease the pain and reduce the swelling. Some will recommend a special garment to provide extra support to the wounded areas.
Will I Have a Scar After the Procedure?
Many people are worried about the scars during the procedure. However, any incision made during the process is less than a centimeter. It may appear red and raised initially, but after healing, one can notice them. To avoid the scars, you can use lightening creams and other procedures to clear the scars.
What Can You Not Do After Liposuction?
Do not do the following right after liposuction:
- Avoid staying stationary,
- Do not take blood thinners,
- Do not engage in vigorous exercise,
- Do not spend a long time in the bath.
Other important things to remember after surgery is to stay hydrated and wear a compression garment as often as possible.
Why Should I wear Compression After Liposuction?
Without compression helping your body reabsorb fluid, post-op swelling can linger much longer than necessary. The less swelling you have in the first place, the less time you’ll need to get rid of it.
How Long Do I Wear a Compression Garment After Lipo?
You will need to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks after surgery to ensure that the tissues heal properly. The period for wearing compression is the same for liposuction around your midsection, inner thighs, and upper arms.
How Should I Sleep After Liposuction?
To minimize the swelling you should sleep with your head elevated for a couple of weeks after liposuction. The doctor or nurse will see you at your one week follow-up appointment and will tell you when is the best time to start sleeping on your stomach. For the first week, the doctor recommends sleeping on your back with your head elevated with two or three pillows to help to reduce swelling.
How Can I Hide Bruises After Lipo?
Cover makeup may be worn over the area at least 1 week after the surgery. Turtlenecks, scarves and wraps are very useful to help camouflage the bruising in the postoperative period.
When Should I Start Massaging After Lipo?
Usually, surgeons recommend the patients to start massaging the treated areas as soon as possible. It may take a week or more for patients to get rid of the swelling after the liposuction procedure.
How Many Massages do I Need After Liposuction?
Some patients get 1-6 treatments after liposuction, especially if the treated areas are legs, knees, or flanks. People getting liposuction often require up to 12 sessions.
Is Bleeding After liposuction Normal?
Fluid may drip from the cuts (incisions) for several days after lipo. The fluid contains blood at first, but will turn clear in a few days. The treated area will probably be bruised and swollen for at least 10 to 14 days.
How Many Days After Lipo Can I Walk?
Within one to two days after surgery, all patients should be physically able to walk around inside the house and go for short walks around the neighborhood. Remaining in bed and not walking increases the risk for blood clots in the legs and lungs.
Can You Sit After Liposuction?
After liposuction you will have to avoid sitting for prolonged periods for at least 6 weeks, and try to sit up straight too. Soon after surgery you must move around, get up and walk around the house, it is important you don’t sit or lie down for long periods of time, but no strenuous activity.
Are Liposuction Results Long-lasting?
Liposuction results generally last as long as you maintain your weight. If you gain weight after liposuction, your fat distribution may alter.
Fat cells come from the foods we eat, and therefore removing them does not mean that they will never come back. You need to check on your diet frequently. Include exercise in your routine to help tone out and cut extra fats. It would be best to have a diet plan, and exercise routine plan before embarking on this procedure. One may also add weight as a result of pregnancy or other external factors.
Does Fat Come Back After Lipo?
Once the fat is removed from an area, it does not grow back in the same area. The remaining fat cells can grow bigger with weight gain.
How Much Fat Can Liposuction Remove?
You may remove up to 5 liters or 11 pounds of fat with liposuction. Removing more fat is generally not considered safe. Liposuction permanently removes the fat cells in the treated areas, but you can still develop fat in other areas of your body.
How Is Liposuction performed?
The surgeon will take you through general anesthesia. They will later mark the spots on your body for the incisions. After every incision, the surgeon will insert a cannula through the incision. This cannula will then be attached to a vacuum that will pull all or most fat into the cannula to a collection jar.
What Are the Techniques Used in Liposuction?
There are several techniques used. Have a look at the two most popular
1. Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction
Here, they use a special cannula. This cannula has an ultrasound generator attached to it. When inserted under the skin, ultrasonic waves are released, which liquefies the fat cells, making them easier to flow and remove.
This method is the best, as it allows for a more exact body shape and takes a shorter recovery period. There is also less bruising during this operation; therefore, minimizing blood loss.
2. Tumescent liposuction
During this operation, the surgeon injects a solution in the fatty area before inserting the cannula. The injected solution contains local anesthesia, some solution, and a medication used to contract blood vessels.
The injection loosens the fatty cells and also reduces blood loss. It also reduces bruising and leaves the area with anesthesia.
Can you Have a Liposuction Accompanied by Another Cosmetic Procedure?
Liposuction in most cases, is accompanied by a tummy tuck and breast lift. Let your doctor give the best advice if you need multiple procedures.
How Long Is the Liposuction Procedure For?
Depending on the areas you are targeting, liposuction takes a maximum of four hours. Patients are always on an outpatient basis, but some may be required to have a one-night stay at the hospital for close supervision.
What Do I Expect as A Result of Liposuction?
People have different body structures and genes, and so results vary. Full results will be revealed after one year as this duration gives the body time to smoothen out. Your surgeon will have to perform smaller touch-ups if you aren’t satisfied with the results.
Is the Process Costly?
The costs of doing or having liposuction vary from one person to another and from one body part to the other. A person who wants to treat one area will pay a lower cost than one who requires surgery on multiple parts of the body. Book a free consultation to get a quote suitable for your body type.
Can you Tighten Loose Skin After Liposuction?
While liposuction can do a lot to sculpt the body, one thing it cannot do is tighten the skin. This is an important aspect of body contouring because a person’s skin may look loose and saggy after the liposuction procedure. A Tummy-tuck can get rid of the loose skin after lipo.
What are the Complications That Come with Liposuction?
Some patients feel dizzy after surgery due to the anesthesia. Others go to the extent of swelling and developing blood clots under the skin. Some rare side effects are infections and embolism. In order to avoid any complications during or after the surgery, you must go to a reliable and experienced surgeon.
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