Firstly we must comment that Liposuction is not considered a weight loss solution. The ideal liposuction candidate is at, or near their ideal weight, with good skin elasticity and is seeking reduction of diet- and exercise-resistant localised pockets of fat. Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body's contour by removing excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscle. Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube; called a cannula .The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin. Fat removal is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse and thus result in an improved body contour.
Liposuction can be used virtually anywhere on the body where excess fat lives. Patients who undergo liposuction are also advised to follow a strict diet and exercise program. If they stay the course, the results of liposuction will be permanent. Over half of your body fat stays hidden within your body. The other 50% is known as superficial fat and is found between the muscle and the skin. This is the fat that the liposuction attacks and removes. Liposuction should not be viewed as a complete weight loss program. Instead, it is to shape the body, removing excess fat from problem areas. It does not remove cellulite or other fat bulges.
Common sites include the upper arms, hips, outer thighs, abdomen, mid back, buttocks, knees, neck and chin. Some men have excess fatty tissue in and around the breast, or gynaecomastia, which can also be removed.
Liposuction is not a way of losing weight. If you have excess loose skin, liposuction can actually make it worse. If this is the case, a surgical lift procedure may be required instead. Your surgeon will advise the best options. It should also be noted that liposuction does not improve cellulite (the dimpled appearance of the skin of commonly seen on the buttocks and thighs) or stretch marks (caused by pregnancy or rapid weight gain). It can cause the areas to become lumpy and sagging post liposuction.
Chin/Neck Liposuction - Look younger and slimmer by removing fat from under your chin and jowls area. For some people excess fat in this area is hereditary and it greatly improves your appearance by having it removed. Regain that jawline and neck angle.
For you recovery our surgeons insist that compression garments be worn.
These help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours. The garment should be worn for at least 8 weeks up to 3 months preferably. Recovery from liposuction can be uncomfortable. During the first few weeks most people experience varying degrees of pain, burning, swelling and temporary numbness. Pain medications can alleviate discomfort (usually taken for 2 days - 2 weeks). Massage is great during the recovery period to relieve swelling and possible itching. After leaving the hospital we suggest you move around and go for walks, this being a great time to shop or go sight seeing.
Although the new shape of your body usually begins to emerge in the first few weeks, some swelling may remain for several months. Major weight gain or loss after liposuction can produce skin surface irregularities. The final result may not be clear until 6 months after surgery and sometimes up to 2 years.
Many people assume that because liposuction permanently removes fat cells, it's impossible to regain weight in the treated areas. This is only partially true. Adults have a fixed number of fat cells, and liposuction removes some of these cells permanently. The remaining fat cells can grow bigger, especially if you do not exercise and maintain a healthy diet. This means problem spots can return. However, weight gain after liposuction will usually be distributed to other parts of your body instead of settling back into the old problem areas.
POST TREATMENT FOR LIPOSUCTION
After liposuction, recovery time can last from days to months depending on the size of the treated area. In the majority of liposuction cases, recovery progresses to the point where the patient can continue with their normal life after one to two weeks, and a full recovery is made within a few months. In less than a week after liposuction, most patients are able to move normally. Please note final results can take up to 2 years but in most cases this can be within 6 months to the first year.
Scars, bruises, and swelling may be apparent following surgery. Post- liposuction swelling and lumpiness may not disappear completely until several months have passed, andin some cases lumpiness may not disappear at all. Though it takes time for the body to become accustomed to its new shape, most liposuction patients are pleased with their results and do not find the side effects debilitating. Swelling in the ankles and treated areas is common. This may be accompanied by a lumpy appearance in the area from which fat was removed, which will settle and appear more natural aorund six months after surgery. If the upper thigh has been treated with liposuction, patients may experience thrombophlebitis, or inflammation of the veins, in this area. Within a few weeks, this should go away.
Do not be alarmed when blood-tinged tumescent fluid oozes from your incision sites. This is a normal result of liposuction and usually stops within half a day. The surgeon leaves these tiny incisions exposed so that the liquid spills out, thereby minimizing bruising.
For this surgical procedure you must wear a compression garment. Post-operative compression garments are a vital part of the recovery process for cosmetic surgery and choosing the right garment can have a significant impact on your healing. We have sourced the best garments for our clients. Wearing a non-medical garment from your local store that is not specifically made for a cosmetic or medical procedure (such as off-the shelf girdles, athletic shorts and bras) can unnecessarily prolong your recovery time, slow down your healing, worsen your swelling and other symptoms, and increase the discomfort that you experience during the healing journey. It will be necessary to wear your garment continuously for at least 4-6 weeks. A high quality post-operative, medical compression garment is specifically designed to be worn for long time periods during the recovery process from a cosmetic surgery. We are able to offer these garments to you.
Asymmetry, rippling or bagginess of skin, uneveness of the area, pigmentation changes, skin injury, fluid retention, excessive fluid loss leading to shock, infection. The area can be left lumpy and rippled and skin may end up more saggy once liposuction has been done. Please take these risks into strong consideration when considering liposuction.
One of the more minor complications of liposuction is bruises. These tender areas may cause some pain, but bruises are frequently short-lived and usually disappear after approximately one month. Bruising can be expected during any type of invasive medical procedure, but can be minimized depending on the technique that the cosmetic surgeon uses. Post- liposuction side effects, including bruises and scars, may be minimized with proper care. Be sure that your liposuction surgeon addresses whatever concerns you may have about post- liposuction bruises and scars. You can also visit your local health food store for homeopathic remedies, such as Arnica Montana, which have proven to be helpful in reducing the amount and severity of post- liposuction bruises and scars.
After your first shower you can apply body cream all over liposuctioned areas to elevate the itchiness that is caused by the skin-drying effects of liposuction. This is a good time for you to start massaging the liposuctioned areas. You should massage these areas deeply about three times a days for about six weeks. Sometimes, patients whose skin was not firm and elastic will experience dimpling or wrinkling of the skin. These can be eliminated or minimized by massaging and early exercise but you must also accept that these results may not disappear at all. All liposuctioned areas stay numb for around 3 months. Massage will help to desensitize your skin in order to avoid hypersensitivity or skin irritation.
The most important way that a person can contribute to having a great result is by being meticulous about conducting massage.
Patients can hasten their recovery by moving as much as they can, to increase their circulation. Many will find this difficult, but should push themselves to take at least small steps. The walking will reduce your risk of blood clots. It is helpful to elevate the areas where you had liposuction, by placing pillows under those areas.
Compression garments should be worn 24 hours a day for up to 3 months. This will help to reduce swelling, and to help shrink the skin.
How Painful Is Liposuction?
Because liposuction only involves the fat beneath the skin, and not entry into the abdominal cavity or cutting or tightening of muscles, most people describe it as feeling like a bad bruise. Others say that you might feel like you do after a heavy workout. For the majority of patients, liposuction is less painful than a C-section, hernia surgery, breast surgery, abdominal surgery or a hysterectomy.
When Can I Resume Work and Exercise?
Most patients can resume normal activities ten to fourteen days following liposuction. You can even resume light exercising within that time frame. However, you should resume activity only as is comfortable for you. You will probably be restricted as to lifting, pushing and pulling because your muscles will be bruised. If however you are stanging on your feet all day you may find more swelling in your legs and you should consider taking more time off work. Try to put your legs and feet up as much as you can while seated.
Basic Post-Operative Instructions:
- Rest as needed the day of and the day after surgery. You do not have to stay in bed. Gentle walking will help your circulation.
- Make sure that you drink adequate amount of fluids so that you do not get dehydrated. You should also monitor your level of hydration by making sure that you are urinating "light-colour" urine at least every four to six hours.
- There are no dietary restrictions; however, you should refrain from eating greasy or acidic foods so that you will not get nauseated.
- If you are diabetic, make sure to monitor your blood sugar level with a finger-stick or other usual means, three times per day, for the first 2 days.
- For the first 24 hours after surgery you might have some blood-tinged drainage from surgical sites. This is expected.
- After surgery you will need to wear a compression garment, which will be covering the areas liposuctioned. Do not remove garment until the first post-op visit. Keep the garment straight, in order to lessen dimpling of suctioned areas.
- After your first visit with doctor, leave the garment on 24 hours a day for 6 weeks, removing it only to shower. Avoid hot showers, but warm water is acceptable. You can replace your garment at this time, as needed.
- Start gentle fingertip massage (light kneading motion) or use a massage tool on operated areas for 10-20 min., three times daily, for three to six weeks.
- Wear the garment during the day and remove it at nights to sleep if you are finding this uncomfortable.
- Refrain from extraneous activities or exercising for the first two weeks. Although you can do gentle walking during this period, unless it is not a challenge for you. Try to keep out of the heat and do not sunbake for at least one month - longer if you are still expereincing swelling
- After two weeks you can resume your exercise routine if you feel comfortable and strong enough.