What is Liposuction?
Liposuction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that can help sculpt the body. By targeting your trouble spots to create a slimmer, more proportional shape and this procedure are popular in Thailand. It attacks the fat you think you can never lose.
In just a few hours, this procedure can permanently remove fat to smooth out unsightly bulges.
The fat removes from under the skin with the use of a vacuum-suction cannula (a hollow pen-like instrument) or using an ultrasonic probe that
Persons with local fat may decide to undergo this surgery to remove fat from that area. Liposuction is a procedure for shaping the body and it is not essential for weight loss.
This surgery may include more than one site, for instance, the abdomen, back, and thighs all on the same day.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Some individuals try and try to get rid of fat in certain areas of their body, like the abdomen, but nothing seems to be effective – not even exercise.
These problem areas fill with local fat deposits that do not melt easily because of exercise or dieting.
You may consider undergoing this procedure if you already tried everything and nothing worked.
Preparing for a Liposuction Surgery
Please take advantage of our free virtual consultation and 24-hour live chat to get instructions on what to do before your surgery or any other important questions.
These instructions will include areas such as smoking, medications, schedules, what to bring with you to the hospital and when to have your last meal before surgery.
Your speedy recovery will depend on your ability to follow these instructions. It should be your number one priority.
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Liposuction Risks and Complications
Liposuction – Risks
Almost all patients are content with the results of their surgery. Still, just like any surgical procedure, risks are possible. That’s precisely why it is necessary that you be aware of the limitations and potential complications of liposuction surgery.
Prior to deciding to undergo the surgery, you should be aware of these risks and must consider the risks and benefits according to your own valuation.
Avoid getting affected by friends who had the surgery or doctors forcing you to do so. Decide upon the fact that risks are complex in the procedure.
Invest some time determining if you are set to accept the risks inherent in liposuction. Since it is generally a cosmetic procedure, and not medically required, there is absolutely no reason to hurry.
Gain a great deal of information as possible allowing you to come up with an educated decision about whether the surgery is best for you. Don’t assume complications “only happen to other people.” It is crucial that you know what the risks are and decide if you are really preparing to accept the likelihood that it can happen to you.
Liposuction – Complications
Infections could occur after any surgery and may also occur after liposuction. Several surgeons prescribe an antibiotic to all patients undergoing liposuction but other surgeons choose not to. It is vital to always keep the wound(s) clean yet even if you do, infections may possibly occur from the surgery.
Shortness of breath or difficulty of breathing is a sign that fat clots have occurred in the lungs (pulmonary emboli). Should you have the signs or symptoms of fat emboli after surgery, it is crucial that you ask for emergency medical care immediately. Fat emboli may result in long-term disability and in rare cases, it could be fatal.
Visceral Perforations (puncture wounds in the organs) can happen during the course of the surgery, the surgeon cannot see exactly where the cannula. It is possible to puncture or damage internal organs during the procedure.
This could occur, for example, in case of the intestines punctured during abdominal liposuction. In case organs are hurt, surgery is necessary to repair them. Visceral perforations can also be fatal.
Seroma is the condition where serum accumulates in the spots where the tissue removed during surgery. The serum is the fluid portion of your blood.
Nerve Compression and Alterations in Sensation
Nerve Compression and Alterations in Sensation – you could possibly experience “paresthesias” which is a changed sensation at the area of the surgery. This could possibly be in the form of heightened sensitivity (pain) in the area or the lack of any sensation (numbness) in the area.
In case these changes in sensation continue for a long time (weeks or months) you need to inform your surgeon. In rare cases, these changes in sensation could be permanent.
Swelling or edema may possibly happen after surgery. Occasionally, swelling could continue for weeks or months.
The skin on top of the area can become necrotic (necrosis = death). Bacteria can infect the necrotic skin and become the source of infection. Dead skin changes in color and may fall off.
Burns can happen during the course of ultrasound-assisted liposuction, the ultrasound probe could become very hot that can result in burns.
Fluid imbalance results when considerable amounts of liquid removed with the fat during surgery. Fat tissue contains large amounts of liquid. Surgeons also inject fluids during the procedure and this adds to the fluid imbalance.
Anytime you are in the hospital, the staff will be observing you for signs of fluid imbalance. Yet, this could occur once you go home and can develop critical conditions such as heart problems, excess fluid collecting in the lungs, or kidney problems as your kidneys attempt to preserve fluid balance.
Significant amounts of fluid with lidocaine are usually injected during liposuction. This could give you too many doses of lidocaine. The signs of this are lightheadedness, uneasiness, drowsiness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), slurred speech, metallic taste in the mouth, numbness of the lips and tongue, shivering, muscle twitching, and convulsions.
- A large volume injected into the target area. This solution contains Lidocaine (anesthetic effect) and epinephrine (decreases bleeding).
- A special cannula (diameter = 2, 3, 4 or 5mm) inserted through a tiny skin incision and suctioned the fat.
- The surgeon closes the incision with stitches.
- Surgery time is 1 hour per site and the procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
Liposuction Post-Operative Care
- A day after surgery, the patient may do light to moderate physical activities.
- Strenuous activities may be gradually resumed 1 month after surgery.
- Wrap treated the area with compression bandage snugly and continuously for 6 days to 2 weeks.
- Do not apply icepacks or a heating pad to the skin overlying the areas treated by liposuction.
- Do not soak in a bath, Jacuzzi, pool or beach at least 7 days after surgery.
- Keep the incision clean.
- The patient may take a shower 2 days post-surgery.
- Return for follow-up check as scheduled for removal of stitches.
Results Will Be Long-lasting
It might take a few months for the swelling to completely resolve after liposuction surgery. As it does, your new contours and improved self-esteem will continue to build up.
The satisfaction you get from the early results of liposuction would continue provided that you take control of your weight and follow a healthy lifestyle.
A substantial weight gain may reverse your results. Following liposuction, your slimmer and better-proportioned body ought to reflect the healthy and active life you live.