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Liposuction is one of the methods to remove excess fat. It is a commonly used technique today, which is usually performed under local or general anesthesia using the tumescent technique. Type of anesthesia depends on areas which liposuction will be done and its volume or fat. Liposuction treatment is intended for people who have a regulated weight, because it is not a method for slimming but for aesthetic correction of the body in those places that cannot be treated with conservative methods.
The state of flexibility and firmness of the place that will undergo liposuction is also very important. Persons qualified for surgery should enjoy good health. Although liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, it can be assumed that it helps to remove excess fat that cannot be removed by traditional methods (e.g. diet and exercise).
WHICH PARTS OF BODY CAN BE A SUBJECT TO LIPOSUCTION TREATMENTS?
Liposuction can be used in various places. Most often, using this method, the whole shape of the body is being modelled , but it can also be applied to the face of people struggling with the so-called “doubled chin”. However, in most cases, doctors focus on body shaping. Liposuction can be used in the following places:
- Waist areas
- Arms and under armpits
- Chin and posterior part of the neck
The treatment procedure begins with consulting a plastic surgeon who will inform the patient about the possibilities of performing the procedure and will precisely define the treatment area. During the visit, the patient is also informed what the final effect will be. Due to the fact that the procedure takes place under anesthesia, the patient should perform basic tests:
- blood coagulation factors (APTT / INR),
- electrolyte levels (Na-sodium, K-potassium),
- glucose levels
- blood group (standard for procedures under general anesthesia)
These are basic tests that will determine the condition the health of the candidate for liposuction surgery. For general anesthesia an interview is conducted immediately before the procedure with an anesthesiologist during which the patient can learn all aspects of general anesthesia. About two weeks before surgery, smoking should be stopped – it has a significant impact on the healing process. You should also avoid taking medicines that thin the blood, e.g. aspirin. On the day of the operation, do not eat or drink beverages (including water) for a minimum of 6 hours before surgery.
The procedure under local anesthesia is performed using the tumescent technique, therefore we recommend BodyJet EVO device for this procedure as it uses Water Assisted Liposuction (WAL). This type of method allows for more accurate and easier fat removal while reducing bleeding. After anesthesia, the surgeon makes small incisions that allow insertion of cannulas. Cannulas are used to suck off the adipose tissue. After the liposuction procedure, small incision scars remain on the patient’s body. A very important stage in liposuction is the suction procedure. Precise suction of fat tissue is the basic element of the treatment, which is a crucial factor in the end result. Liposuction is a relatively simple and safe procedure. However, it should be remembered that, like any surgical procedure, it carries a risk of side effects. It should also be remembered that the final effect of the treatment may not appear after a few weeks and this is due to, among others edema. The duration of convalescence depends on individual predispositions for regeneration of the patient’s body. The final effect of the treatment is visible after about three months.
After the procedure, dressings should be changed regularly. Immediately after the procedure, the patient is put on a special pressure garment, which is to prevent the accumulation of fluid and prevent swelling. The garment should be worn for 8-12 weeks after surgery. In the event of pain, commonly available painkillers are used. It is important to avoid physical exertion for about one month. This has a significant impact on the recovery time.
Complications may include:
- poor blood test results
- blood clotting disorders
- autoimmune diseases
- vascular disease
- unregulated blood pressure
- unregulated diabetes
- purulent skin infections