Invented in 1977 by Dr. Yves Gérard Illouz, liposuction is today the most widely practiced cosmetic surgery procedure in the world. Liposuction effectively treats fat deposits located on different parts of the body. It allows the recovery of a smooth silhouette and effectively treats certain parts of the face such as the chin.
Goal of a liposuction
This procedure aims to eliminate small fat deposits from your body, difficult to remove even with exercising or diet. Liposuction will allow you to treat different parts of your body and your face.
This technique aims to smooth the silhouette by remodelling it. The goal of liposuction is not to lose significant weight. You will always be advised to get as close as possible to your ideal weight before undergoing liposuction. This is not a treatment for obesity but a procedure to sculpt your body.
If the excess fat is very minimal, the patient can opt for a soft liposuction which is less invasive than the traditional technique.
The areas that can be treated by liposuction are:
- Double chin liposuction
- Arms liposuction
- Hips liposuction
- Belly liposuction
- Buttocks liposuction
- Thighs liposuction
- Knees liposuction
- Calf liposuction
The phases of liposuction
An initial visit is always done with your surgeon before undergoing liposuction. This initial consultation is an opportunity to know your background and whether any contraindication will prevent you from having such a procedure. The procedure is carried out in several steps:
- Before proceeding with liposuction, the plastic surgeon marks the areas to be treated with a surgical marker.
- Then infiltrates a solution to liquefy fat to easily remove it.
- Then, small incisions will allow them to insert a canula with rounded foam tip and perforated at its end. Next, moves back and forth to suck the excess fat with the cannulas.
- Once the fat is sucked, the surgeon closes the incisions with resorbable thread and covers them with a dressing.
Liposuction: technical information
Liposuction procedure lasts between 1 and 3 hours depending on the treated areas. Hospitalization is usually on an outpatient basis if the area of liposuction is small, otherwise an overnight stay may be necessary.
Normally, it is necessary to do a general anaesthesia for this type of procedure however, when liposuction is done in a small area, local anaesthesia can be performed.
Liposuction results / Before - after liposuction
The first results of a liposuction are visible immediately after the procedure. In areas where liposuction has been performed, the volumes will be decreased. The oedema disappears and the skin retracts gradually, the final result is visible 3 months after the procedure of liposuction.
Indeed, it will be necessary to count this duration so that the post-procedural oedema disappears and the skin is retracted completely. The skin will need a month to retract completely on the new curves of the silhouette. The result will be optimal. The time of disappearance of the oedema will vary according to the area where liposuction was performed (abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks etc.).
You will have a smooth silhouette, as if you had never gained weight before. The time of disappearance of the oedema will vary according to the area where liposuction was performed (abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks etc.).
However, you must adopt or maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as a balanced diet. The fat cells will not be reproduced but they can move to other areas of the body.
With these tips, the results of liposuction will be final and spectacular.
The fat cells, or adipocytes, which will be aspirated during the procedure cannot be reproduced leaving a permanent result. It will be necessary to wait a period between 3 and 6 months to appreciate the result in a permanent way. This is the time necessary for your skin to mould to your new curves permanently. The result of the liposuction is generally fully satisfactory, as long as all the precautions and indications specific to this procedure have been respected.
The success of liposuction depends on the quality of the skin: it is better to have a thick, toned and elastic skin that retracts naturally after the procedure. In order for the fat to not develop in another place of the body, it is necessary to have a good hygiene of life.
There are many things to consider when undergoing a liposuction. Therefore, the price of liposuction depends on certain factors like:
- The quality of your skin
- The amount of fat to extract.
- The number of areas you want to treat.
In any case, a personalized estimate will be established by your surgeon and transmitted during the initial consultation.
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