What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction, is considered as one of the most commonly preferred and used procedure in plastic surgery for the removal of the fat tissue from different areas of the body such as the waist, abdomen, legs, buttocks, back, arm, or neck area, etc. However, liposuction should not be considered as a “weight loss” method. Liposuction aims to reshape specific regions of the body, improving body contours and proportions by removing unwanted body fat.

In What Cases Is It Necessary?

Liposuction is used in body parts where the desired result cannot be obtained despite diet and work-out. In some cases, it can be also performed as a combined method with various plastic surgery procedures.  Liposuction aims to reduce the number of fat cells in the area with excess fat. The amount of fat taken varies depending on the appearance or volume of the application area. The contour change that occurs after an application is usually permanent as long as the weight remains constant. The skin area where liposuction is performed may appear saggy. Because of that, stretching operations can be combined with this surgery.

Liposuction is not a method used to remove irregularities such as cellulite or other skin cracks. Liposuction is not recommended for people with embolism, coronary artery disease, diabetes and weakened immune systems. If it is performed to the appropriate patient group, there is no need to worry about the damages of liposuction.

How Is Liposuction Performed?

The operation takes about 1 or 4 hours depending on the area and usually performed under general anesthesia. The area planned to be thinned is inflated with a special liquid. This liquid inflates fat cells, making them ready to be absorbed. After about 20 minutes, the fat cells are absorbed with the help of special cannulas. Only about an inch of marks remain on the skin, where the cannulas are placed. These marks also fade over time.

What Is Vaser Liposuction?

The procedure is performed with a special device called vaser liposuction. In addition, the skin recovery is better with this tool and more fat can be pulled. After fluid transfer, some additional manipulations can be performed in the tissue to make fat cells easier to break down. Destroying and impregnating the fat cells with a specialized laser probe is the primary manipulation. It’s called ‘laser lipolysis’. If ultrasonic sound waves are used to break down fat cells, the process is called ‘vaser liposuction’. Radiofrequency waves can also be used for the same purpose. Regardless of which method is used, the most important factor in liposuction is the surgeon’s experience and dexterity. While it’s possible to remove 10-12 liters of fat from healthy and young people, only 4-6 liters of fat removal is defined as the safe limit.

How Is the Recovery Process?

You might not have to stay in the hospital depending on the type of surgery you had. However, 1-day hospital stay is recommended for large volume liposuctions. Following the operation, you should expect bruising, swelling and soreness for at least a few weeks. A few days after the procedure, edema may occur in areas where fat is taken. Massaging the areas with edema daily contributes to faster recovery and formation of smooth body lines. You will be able to see an obvious improvement after liposuction. In 3 weeks, you will see a more evident difference in the shape and body profile. The final results will be noticeable will be witnessed after 6 months. The patient can easily return to his or her daily life within 1 to 2 days. The surgery results with a very high satisfaction in the right patient choice.


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