Liposuction

Liposuction is used to reduce the fat in certain body parts. It is not possible to remove an unlimited amount of fat. The assumption that the patient will be lighter straight after the procedure is also without foundation. Liposuction can never replace a healthy lifestyle incorporating sporting activity and healthy eating, but is currently the most effective method in bringing existing problem areas of the body back into the desired shape on a lasting basis. Liposuction is the most commonly performed aesthetic surgical procedure carried out worldwide. Best results are achieved when combined with a healthy diet.

PROCEDURE /FOLLOW-UP TREATMENT

The surgeon begins by using several injections containing an anaesthetising cortisone aqueous solution. The fat cells soak up the solution and can therefore be more easily detached from the connective tissue. A mechanical pump then sucks out the emulsion which comprises the solution and fat using continual pressure. Depending on the amount of fat to be removed, this process can take between one and three hours and is completely pain-free. Since the process causes irritation to the body tissue, the final result can only be seen after a few weeks, when all the swelling has subsided.

Following the liposuction procedure, a close compression bandage or a corset is applied to the affected area. This measure prevents the formation of haematomas and should be carried out over a period of weeks. If required, we can treat the treated areas with lymphatic drainage in order to ensure that the fluids are distributed more effectively under the skin. Sporting activity should be avoided in the first few days after surgery. Patients should refrain from going to work for about two days.

RISKS/SIDE EFFECTS

Liposuction may lead to bruising, redness and swelling that can last for two to three weeks. Liposuction should only be carried out if the skin has enough elasticity to sit tightly on the body after the procedure. In rare cases, liposuction can lead to infections of the piercing channels which can be easily and quickly treated with antibiotics. There may also be unevenness in the newly formed tissue which may require a follow-up procedure.

Pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers must not undergo this procedure. Smokers should desist from smoking or limit their consumption to a minimum two weeks before the treatment.

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