Dr. Gülsüm Çebi is a highly experienced aesthetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgeon at Memorial Şişli Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, specializing in skin diseases, hair loss, deviated nose, cleft palate, and revision rhinoplasty. She has completed advanced training in plastic surgery, microsurgery, and craniomaxillofacial surgery, and is a member of the Turkish Emergency Hand Surgery and Microsurgery Association.
The recovery after liposuction usually takes 1-2 weeks. A patient needs to wear a compression garment for 3-6 weeks to reduce swelling, bruising, and stimulate the skin retraction. Within 1 week after the operation, a patient can return to work. The light walking is allowed the same day after the surgery. However, you should avoid intensive exercising at least for 2-3 weeks. Swelling may be observed up to 6-12 months after liposuction. Follow doctor's recommendations in exercising and dieting to achieve the best result.
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Liposuction is a plastic operation to remove a certain amount of fatty tissue through small punctures on the skin using specialized equipment. The lipo is divided into different types depending on the area should be operated (abdominal liposuction, buttock liposuction, neck lipo, knee liposuction, and so on).
BMI (body mass index)
under 35 kg/m2
The main indication for the surgery is excess fat that deforms the body contours. Surgeons perform liposuction locally, in particular on the abdomen, thighs, knees, neck, buttocks, etc.
The procedure is suitable for people who have excess weight with BMI (body mass index) under 35. For overweight people, lipo is an excellent option to get a perfect body and regain your figure factly.
Liposuction is best for people with the right skin tone and elasticity because it forms a new contour of the body without wrinkles.
A person must be over 18 years old and have good health status. Those with severe chronic illnesses cannot undergo this procedure.
Before liposuction, a patient undergoes the lab tests. They include blood and urine analysis, ECG.
A plastic surgeon examines a patient and discusses the volume of intervention. Then an anesthesiologist determines the type of anesthesia.
If there are no contraindications, the liposuction is assigned the next day.
Doctors conduct liposuction under local or general anesthesia. The anesthetic type depends on the location of the problem area and its size.
Then a plastic surgeon starts liposuction. A specialist uses a thin tube-shaped instrument called a cannula. Through the 3-6 mm incisions, fat is pumped out.
The procedure is carried out very slowly and carefully to avoid the nerves and vessel injuries, to save asymmetry of body contours.
The liposuction of one area takes 1-1.5 hours. If a doctor operates several areas, the duration of the procedure is prolonged up to 5 hours.
In some cases, specialists perform abdominoplasty after abdomen liposuction. It helps to achieve a better result and avoid asymmetry.
Find out more information on the lipo surgery process in the video.
Just after the surgery, a doctor places a special bandage on the operating area. It speeds up the recovery of tissues, reduces swelling, and improves skin retraction. This bandage is prescribed to be worn for 4-10 weeks.
The hospitalization after liposuction is 2 days in most cases. If there are no complications, and the area for surgical intervention is small, a patient is discharged after the procedure. In other cases, liposuction takes up to 2 days.
A patient stays in the country for 10 days. The sutures are removed in 7 days. A patient can return to the usual lifestyle in 2-3 weeks.
To maintain the new body shape, it is necessary to keep a diet and lead an active lifestyle — otherwise, the overweight returns.
Liposuction results are not noticeable until the swelling decreases. In some cases, this process may take several months. Most of the edema (swelling caused by fluid retention) reduces in about 4 weeks, and the area where the fat has been removed becomes less extensive.
People keeping fit usually get excellent and consistent results. Those gaining weight after the procedure may find that their fat distribution changes. For example, people who previously have had fat accumulation in their thighs may find that their buttocks are becoming a new problem area.
Any serious surgery is associated with a risk of bleeding, infection, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia.
The risk of complications is usually related to the procedure extensiveness and surgeon’s skills.
The following risks, unpleasant side effects or complications are possible:
The lipo is performed on the following body areas: