The first liposuction was performed during the late 70's and is now considered a very popular procedure worldwide.
It is a procedure to remove fat with the insertion of a narrow cannula to break up the fat cells. It leaves inconspicuous scars since the cannula's diameter is around 3-4mm
It is a stand alone operation or it can be performed with other treatments such as tummy tuck, thigh lift , buttock lift etc, and depends on patient desire and the doctor's recommendation.
The increase and distribution of fat in the body depends on one's age and is hereditary. There are two types of fat distribution: Female and male type.
The first has to do with thighs, buttocks and hips. The seconds refers to the tummy, hips, breasts, neck and trunk.
Age plays an important role in the accumulation of fat in certain areas. As time goes on, fat tends to increase in the body while it reduces in areas such arms and legs. In relation to the tummy, fat tends to increase beneath the skin while reduces in the arms and legs.
It is generally accepted, that a slight increase in a woman's weight causes the fat to increase and accumulate in the thighs and buttocks, and in the tummy for men.
Fat consists of fat cells which create, store and move triglycerides and free fat acids.
The best candidates for liposuction are people with firm skin, who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas that do not respond to the weight-loss methods, i.e. exercise,diet.
Areas of fat that can be treated are the chin (double chin), tummy, thighs, arms,buttocks and cuffs for women, while for men in areas such as the tummy, chin, hips, and breasts in cases of gynecomastia.
Planning for the procedure
The medical record needs to be examined by the Doctor at the practice. We have the ability to remove excess fat as well as add in areas where needed to create a better shape and body contour (liposculpture).
Procedure and Tumescent method
Through a tiny incision, a thin cannula (2-3mm) is inserted to break up the fat cells and to vacuum through an aspirator the fat layer that lies beneath the skin. Tumescent method is a technique where we inject a medical fluid (vasoconstrictive and analgestic medicine) in order to reduce blood loss and helps the fat be removed easily. Because of this method, it is rare to need to stay overnight wlile recovery period has been reduced dramatically.
After the operation
After the procedure you will be given to wear a special surgical garment for around three weeks. You should be able to return to work within the first week but some people may return sooner. As with any other operation it does depend on each individual and the type of surgery.
Exercise is permitted after 3 weeks, similarly to receiving massage.
Liposuction is performed in many parts of the body and it is a quite safe procedure with a high proportion of successful results.
Watch the procedure.