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What is liposuction and who is it suitable for?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction procedure to remove subcutaneous fat from specific parts of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, legs (thighs), buttocks, arms or neck. Liposuction can also reshape these parts of the body. It is a procedure that leaves no visible scars, has a short recovery time and, in most cases, does not even leave any visible imperfections.
Liposuction should not be seen as an alternative to weight loss, as it is possible to lose significantly more excess weight through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery (surgical treatment of morbid obesity with bands and bypasses) than through liposuction. Liposuction is the most suitable procedure for those who have too much subcutaneous fat in certain areas of the body and are at a stable weight. For liposuction, it is important that the patient is in good health and free of medical conditions that could make the procedure difficult, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or a weak immune system.
Why choose liposuction?
Liposuction is usually used to remove excess fat in areas of the body that do not respond to exercise and diet, which most commonly include the abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, legs (calves and ankles), chest and back, hips and thighs, and chin and neck. In addition, liposuction can also be used for breast reduction and gynaecomastia correction (a condition of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts in men). Liposuction can help you achieve the figure you want, especially when you give up both regular exercise and various diets.
When weight is gained, fat cells increase in number and size. Liposuction, on the other hand, reduces the number of fat cells in a particular part of the body. The amount of subcutaneous fat removed depends on the appearance of that part of the body and the amount of fat. Importantly, the shape of the body part where liposuction has been performed should, in principle, remain permanent as long as the body weight remains stable.
After liposuction, the skin adapts to the new shape of the body part where the procedure was performed. If there is good firmness and elasticity of the skin, it is likely to look smoother after the procedure. However, in cases where the skin is thin and inelastic, the skin may look a little looser on areas of the body after liposuction.
Liposuction is not used to remove dimples and bulges caused by cellulite or to remove other superficial skin imperfections. In addition, liposuction is also not used to remove stretch marks.
What types of liposuction are there?
Get all the answers to your questions about liposuction during a free consultation with an aesthetic surgeon in our office. After deciding together on the procedure and setting a suitable date, the surgeon will mark the body parts to be treated before the liposuction. If necessary, he/she may also take photographs of the body parts so that a comparison can be made before and after the procedure. The way in which the liposuction will be performed depends on the technique used. Our aesthetic surgeon will choose the appropriate technique depending on your preferences regarding the treatment goal, the chosen body part to be liposuctioned and whether you have had a liposuction procedure in the past.
All types of liposuction have in common the suctioning of subcutaneous fat using a cannula (a blunt tube of various diameters with holes in the sides) connected to an aspirator, a device that sucks the fat out of the body under negative pressure. Furthermore, there are several types of liposuction, which are chosen by the surgeon on the basis of a consultation with the patient.
– Classical liposuction is the most common type of liposuction, where first a sterile fluid is injected into the selected part of the body to help remove fat, reduce pain and constrict blood vessels, and then cannulas are inserted through small incisions to suction out the subcutaneous fat.
– Ultrasonic liposuction, or VASER liposuction, is a newer type of liposuction that uses ultrasound energy under the skin to break down the walls of fat cells and break down the fat for easier removal, and can improve skin contouring and reduce the chance of skin damage.
– Laser liposuction uses a high-energy laser to break down fat cells. During the procedure, a laser fibre is inserted through a small incision in the skin and liquefies the fat, which is then suctioned out with a cannula.
– PAL liposuction is a type of liposuction where the cannula and its rapid back and forth movement makes it easier and faster to suction out the fat. This type of liposuction can allow for less pain and swelling and allows the surgeon to remove fat with more precision.
What is the recovery process after liposuction?
Some liposuction procedures require only local anaesthesia – anaesthesia limited to a specific part of the body, while others require general anaesthesia so that you remain calm and relaxed during the procedure. The procedure can take several hours, depending on the amount of fat that needs to be liposuctioned.
You can expect some pain after the procedure, as well as some swelling and bruising. It takes time for the body to get the shape you want. At the same time, it is possible to receive painkillers and medicines to reduce the chance of infection. After liposuction, it is common to wear tight compression devices to help reduce swelling. A few days rest is recommended before returning to work, and especially to all daily activities such as exercise.
It is quite normal for the skin to lose some elasticity as you age, but the results of liposuction will be long-lasting as long as you maintain your weight. At the same time, when you gain weight after liposuction, the distribution of fat may change: fat cells may accumulate in a different part of the body than the one where the liposuction was performed.