We know through experience that the decision to have liposuction is generally preceded by a long decision making process. With this information we would like to help you with this process, by advising you about the procedure itself and the possibilities and risks involved in this operation. This advice, does not however, replace the need for an extensive personal consultation with your surgeon who will thoroughly address your specific questions.
When is liposuction useful?
On which parts of the body is liposuction possible?
How is a liposuction performed?
What do I have to consider before having liposuction (pre-operative phase)?
What do I have to consider after having liposuction (post-operative phase)?
When can I resume normal activities?
What are the possible risks with liposuction?
Which result can I expect after liposuction and what are the chances of success?
Improvement in body contour. Male and female bodies build up fat deposits in different parts of the body. These fat deposits can, depending on a predisposition, reach unshapely proportions where diet and exercise have a limited effect. The problem areas in women are often in the area of the buttocks, thighs (saddle bags), and the love handles around the waist. In men, it is mainly the abdomen and chest which have a tendency to accumulate fatty tissue.
Also, very slim people can suffer from unfavourable fat distribution. Liposuction is not a procedure to correct general obesity, but is used to model certain parts of the body to create a better, overall impression.
Liposuction can in principle be carried out anywhere on the body. The upper limit of fat that can be extracted depends on the physique, and differs from patient to patient, but is limited to 5 litres.
Procedure. Liposuction can target the places where excess fat deposits are present. Through small incisions, which are hidden in the natural skin folds, a tumescent fluid is injected into the fat. The excess fat is then drawn off carefully by using liposuction cannulars. With tough fatty tissue, special vibrating cannulars are used. The connective tissues, skin, nerves and blood vessels are not destroyed by the suction process.
Through liposuction, a large part of the fat layer can be reduced but an amount of fat cells has to be left to avoid irregularities. The injection channel is then closed using fine stitches and a compression garment is applied.The skin that lies over the extracted areas uses its elasticity to model itself to the new form. Additionally, the internal scarring process causes a shrinking of the skin so that usually, there are no excess skin folds.
Ultrasound, laser or electrolipolysis are other variations of the technology that leads to the liquefaction of the fatty tissue before extraction. Another possibility is hydroliposuction.
Type of anaesthesia. This procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, but can also be carried out under epidural or local anaesthetic and sedation.
On the day of the operation please do not use any oily shower or bathing products but normal soap or shower gel and your skin should not be moisturised. When liposuction is carried out in the thigh area, shaving of the pubic area may be necessary. After the procedure a support garment has to be worn, which can, prior to the operation be measured and fitted by us and then ordered for you.
Information on general measures and the necessary preliminary examinations will be put together for you personally in a pamphlet which you will receive at your consultation.
In the operating room, the compression garments (compression trousers, elastic abdominal corset, or the like) are put on and must be worn night and day for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Swelling or a feeling of tension regularly occurs after surgery but these changes should not worry you and should disappear within a few days. After consultation with your surgeon, localised lymph drainage and treatment with Heparin ointments may help with a reduction in swelling. The risk of thrombosis is increased after liposuction, which makes it necessary to undergo a thrombosis prophylaxis for 10 to 14 days after the operation.
The stitches are normally removed 6 to 8 days after surgery and showering is only allowed after the removal of the stitches. Residual swelling can, to a lesser extent, be present for several weeks.A loss of sensation or hypersensitivity of the skin around the points of extraction may be present for a short time, but this should return to normal.
For a few weeks after liposuction, all sports and physical activities should be avoided. Cycling is possible after 3 weeks, although sports which lead to high impact and exertion (e.g. running) may only be started after 6 weeks. Heat sources, such as those from saunas should be avoided for the first 2 months after surgery.
Sunbathing, tanning beds and tanning creams must also be avoided until all scars have completely healed.
No procedure is without risk. The general risks of surgery include the possibility of bleeding, thrombosis and infection. Especially after the removal of large amounts of fat there can be a possible loss of elasticity in the skin. A subsequent lift operation or a small correction may therefore be necessary.
Slim and beautiful. Through liposuction, the excess fat deposits are permanently removed. The body can be newly "modelled" and the treated areas then aesthetically harmonized with the adjacent areas of the body. The final result can be assessed after approximately 2 to 3 months.