What is liposuction?
Liposuction is an operative cosmetic surgery that removes fat from your body, be it good fat or bad fat. This surgery is commonly done by people who want to lose their excess fat instantly. While this surgery can be put into “big surgery” category, it’s still relatively safe. However, it doesn’t mean the surgery is not without its risks.
Because liposuction is done to remove excess fat, the surgery would be done on areas with excess fat in your body that you can’t seem to get rid of through diet or exercise. Mostly, those areas are thighs, waist, and belly. This fat might come from unhealthy food.
It should be noted that liposuction will remove fat from your body regardless of it being bad fat or good fat, which is useful for your body. Liposuction also isn’t recommended for people suffering with obesity, heart disease, and nerve disorders.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
- People with firm, elastic skin
- People who are within 30% of your ideal weight
- People who don’t smoke
- People who are healthy, both physically and mentally
- People who can’t get rid of their fat through diet or exercise
Liposuction is a medical procedure to remove excess fat, but what it isn’t is an alternative way to lose weight for people with obessity problem. Liposuction is better done when you are within 30% of your ideal body weight.
Who is NOT a good candidate for liposuction?
- People who are active smokers
- People who have history of poor wound healing
- People with history of chronic illness
- People with history of diabetes or terrible heart disease
- People who are taking prescription medicine such as Warfarin (blood thinning drug), anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin
Preparing for liposuction
- Quit smoking and alcohol consumption
- Consult to your doctor if you have your history with terrible diseases, have allergies, or are taking medicine.
- Run a health check
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
Types of liposuctions
- Laser assisted liposuction or Smart Lipo
Uses a laser to liquefy the fat so it’s easier to get rid of. This also reduces swelling post-surgery.
- Ultrasound assisted liposuction or UAL
Uses sound waves energy under your skin to rupture the cell walls of the fat in order to liquefie the fat so it can be suctioned out easily. This type of liposuction is normally done on hip or upper abdomen.
- Tumescent liposuction
Uses injected sterile solution into the area where the fat is to be removed. It consists of saline (salt water) along with lidocaine and epinephrine. The solution makes it easier to suction the fat with less blood loss and pain.
This is the most common technique used for liposuction.
- Marking the parts where fat is to be removed.
- Removal of fat.
- Wraping the body with compression garment.
- Rest and wait until the swelling heals.
Post operation care
- Consult with your doctor regarding your post operation care.
- Get a lot of rest.
- Wear the compression garment.
- Take antibiotics to treat infections.
- Regularly clean the scar area to avoid infection.
- Do small exercises by walking to avoid blood clotting.
- Keep your body weight stable.
- Anesthesia risks
- Change in skin sensation that may persist
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs and abdominal organs
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Fluid accumulation
- Irregular contours or asymmetries
- Irregular pigmentation
- Need for revision surgery
- Persistent swelling
- Poor wound healing
- Rippling or loose skin, worsening of cellulite
- Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty technique