Who is a good candidate for Liposuction?
A good candidate for liposuction is one who has isolated fatty deposits and is not obese. A liposuction will sculpt the areas that need reshaping. If a patient is or obese, liposuction will usually not give you the result you probably are trying to achieve. Ideally Patients that have a high BMI should first achieve some weight loss through diet and exercise in order for your expectations to be achieved with liposuction.
What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?
The most common areas that liposuction is performed are: abdomen, hips, outer and inner thighs, knees, arms, back, buttocks, and neck.
What kind of anesthesia is used for liposuction?
General anesthesia or spinal, local anesthesia will be used for small areas.
What is the recovery like?
It will depend on the amount of fat removed and the location of the surgery,
The cuts where the doctor inserted the cannula may be leaky or drain fluids for several days. In some cases, the doctor may insert a drainage tube to drain fluid away from the wound.
You will wear special tight garments to keep your skin compressed after the liposuction procedure. Your doctor will tell you how long to wear these, usually for months..
You will have scars, usually small, where the physician cuts your skin and inserts the cannula to remove fat tissue.
As with all operations, pain and discomfort varies greatly from patient to patient. Generally, one should expect that pain medication would be required for the first few days. Continuing discomfort can last varying amounts of time. Much of the swelling and bruising will be improved within two weeks; however, some will persist for six to eight weeks. It is often difficult to see permanent changes in the body shape before this time.
When will I see the final result?
Usually within 4-5 months, as this time is required for healing and swelling to subside. The postoperative garment should be used during 3 months which will help recovery and swelling to come down faster.
How do I know if I need a tummy tuck or just liposuction?
If a patient has children, abdominal muscles and skin are stretched, or if a patient has lost a lot of weight, you may need a tummy tuck to remove the excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. At the same time, liposuction on back and flanks can be done to improve your total abdominal appearance.
If I gain weight after the surgery will the fat come back?
If you gain weight, the fat will come back. It will usually take longer to accumulate were it was suctioned, as the fat cells have been removed but will accumulate in other areas that were not suctioned first.
Can the fat from liposuction be used in other parts of my body?
Yes, the fat suctioned is frequently used for fat transfer to the buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift) or can be used for facial fat injection.
When can I go back to work or the gym?
It all depends on the type of work you do. Usually you can return to work within the first week. We recommend you wait 1 month before starting strenuous activities or exercise.