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Things to Know About Liposuction

Liposuction
  • A cosmetic surgery procedure to remove unwanted fat deposits from the body.
  • It helps eliminate fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise.

Liposuction surgery is not a weight-loss procedure. It is not a treatment for obesity.

Liposuction: How to Prepare?

You may need to-

  • Stop taking certain pain killers and blood thinners 2 weeks before the surgery
  • Stop taking the contraceptive pill and vitamin supplements (if applicable)
  • Take iron supplements (if anemic)
  • Get lab testing
  • Follow dietary or alcohol restrictions

Liposuction: What to Expect?

  • Under local or general anesthesia, a small incision is made in your skin.
  • A suction device attached to a cannula is inserted into the fatty areas between your skin and muscle.
  • Then your surgeon will move the cannula around inside of your body to break up your fat and remove the excess fat with a suction pipe or large syringe.

After the liposuction operation

  • Recovery times may vary depending on the type of surgery.
  • Most people experience bruising, swelling, and soreness for a few weeks.
  • You may need to wear an elasticated support corset or bandages for 1 to 2 months.
  • Antibiotics are often prescribed to prevent infection.
  • Most people can return to work within a few days and resume normal activities within 2 weeks.

After Liposuction: When to See a Doctor?

  • Fever
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath
  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Fluid or blood leaking out of your surgical site

Uses of Liposuction

  • To remove excess fat deposits from the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, face, neck, and chin. 
  • To improve the body’s contour and proportion by removing fat deposits that have not responded to diet and exercise.
  • To treat localized areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
  • To contour and re-shape the body and can also be used to improve the appearance of cellulite.
  • To remove fat from the chest area in men (man boobs) and to remove fat and improve the shape of the breasts in women.
  • To remove excess fat deposits in the back and flanks (love handles).
  • To correct asymmetrical areas of the body, such as the legs.

The recovery time for liposuction can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual’s health. Generally, people can expect to return to their normal activities within a few days. Swelling and bruising may persist for several weeks after surgery.

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