Liposuction usually improves contours. Because the healing process is gradual, one should expect to wait at least several months for accurate results of the surgery. The small incision scars will fade over a number of months, usually becoming barely visible. The basic technique of liposuction involves the removal of fat via a hollow metal tube (cannula) that is passed through the fatty tissue. One of the most common types of liposuction involves the aspiration of fat by attaching a pump that generates a vacuum.
The incisions are closed with self-dissolving sutures, and scars will only be a few millimeters and, in time, will become almost invisible. We have variety of methods used for this purpose from the manual syringe technique to traditional machine liposuction and power-assisted liposuction machine.
The method is used to reduce localized fat in areas in which diet and exercise alone do not solve the problem. Areas such as the chin, outside thighs, flanks (love handles), abdomen, inner thighs, calves, knees, and breasts in both men and women can be successfully treated by this method. This is not a weight-reduction method but a correction to these areas.
The usual areas on which liposuction are performed include the following:
A. Chin: Liposuction in this area achieves high levels of satisfaction from patients who have chosen it as a treatment for this problem. Provided skin elasticity is good, this procedure results in an appealing jaw profile. However, with an older patient, it might be necessary to combine liposuction and lift to the skin on the neck/throat or a possible facelift to achieve the optimal result.
B. Male breast (gynaecomastia): Men’s breasts consist of fat and a mammary gland. If the gland tissue constitutes the greater part of the breast, it might be necessary to combine the removal of the glands with liposuction. This will be done via a small incision on the nipple edge; the resultant scar will be almost invisible.
C. Female breast: Liposuction of a woman’s breast is unusual but can be combined with breast reduction to even the contour of the breast with surrounding tissue.
D. Abdomen: The tummy area responds extremely well to liposuction, and this is a common procedure on this particular body part. The tissue and muscles are tighter in the tummy region than anywhere else. The skin usually retracts very nicely even when the skin initially looks a little loose. In consultation with your surgeon, we will evaluate very carefully whether we need to combine the liposuction treatment with a tummy tuck to achieve the optimal result. This can be done at the same time or as a separate procedure after liposuction.
E. Hips: The hip area is also suitable for liposuction because the skin here is almost always fairly elastic. Too much skin here will also reduce the effectiveness of the procedure. Often, combination treatment of the abdomen and the hips achieves the best result.
F. Saddlebags (outer thighs): This is the name given pockets of fat that linger on the outside of the thighs. This area is suited to liposuction, and the skin contracts very quickly.
G. Inner thighs: “Chafing” can be an issue in this area in which pockets of fat gather on the inner thighs. The skin here is much thinner and cannot always contract. Patients with good skin elasticity can generally achieve good results with use of gentle liposuction techniques. The inside of the knee is a common problem area. This area is suited to liposuction; however, it is necessary to be careful of the amount of fat removed.
I. Legs: The legs are suitable for liposuction where there is excessive fat.
To get optimal results and avoid complications you should avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking for at least 1 week before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the final result.
Downtime following surgery
The surgery does not give you the right to a sick note. You should restrain with physical training during 4 weeks after surgery. In the beginning the scar will be red, itchy and hard. In time it will it bleach and soften. The scar can be hidden under a bra or a bathing-suit and you won’t be able to see it on low-necked clothes. We recommend you tape the scars for a couple of months after surgery.
Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 8 weeks following the surgery.
The final results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery. There is very rarely disappointment in the patient’s perception of the success of the surgery.