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Indications:

Discreet localized deposits of fat that are resistant to dieting or exercise.

Areas typically treated include the hips, buttocks, thighs,and flanks. However, neck, arms and lower extremities are also treated with liposuction as well.

Patients with body mass index higher than 30 are not good candidates but every patient is evaluated individually.

Anesthesia: General anesthesia

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Inpatient/Outpatient:

Regional and small areas of liposuction are usually treated as outpatient. In most of the cases, one-day stay at the hospital may be required, especially due to tumescent technique.

Procedure:

Through short, inconspicuous incisions, a small tube or cannula is inserted under the skin to remove the fat deposits and contour body shape. This is certainly a superficial operation in the fat tissue (adipose tissue) and results in contour enhancement. Liposuction is not suitable for weight loss but very beneficial for decreasing the lipid content in the body and the blood.

Tumescent (wet) technique is used in all cases and usually 1:1 proportional solution is infiltrated to remove fat.

Recovery:

  • Bruising, numbness and discomfort for 2 weeks
  • Patients wear a supportive garment for 4 weeks
  • Return to work after 1 week, but no strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks
  • Swelling at the surgery site may persist for 6 months

Result:

The resulting contour is permanent, provided there is no subsequent weight gain or loss.

Risks:

  1. Asymmetry, contour irregularity
  2. Infection, bleeding, fluid collection.
  3. Blood clots
  4. Excessive fluid loss leading to shock.

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