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Liposuction

LIPOSUCTION

This very popular procedure removes fat from many different sites on the body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, to the neck, chin, backs of the arms and elsewhere. The fat is usually removed via a cannula (a hollow tube) and aspirator (a suction device).

While exercise and dieting may be useful for losing unwanted weight and fat, some fat deposits do not respond to efforts at weight loss. Applying liposuction techniques may be an option in these situations. Liposuction is a form of body contouring. The amount of fat removed varies by doctor, method, and patient.

 

The contouring possible with liposuction may cause the appearance of weight loss to be greater than the actual amount of fat removed. The procedure may be performed under general or local anesthesia.

The safety of the technique relates not only to the amount of tissue removed, but to the choice of anesthetic and the patient's overall health. It is ideal for the patient to be as fit as possible before the procedure.

Recovery
Patients normally stay overnight in the clinic and are usually released the next morning. Rest is recommended for 3 to 4 days after surgery. Physical activity may be resumed approximately 4 weeks after surgery. After liposuction, there will usually be some pain e patients may feel some discomfort or numbness in the affected areas. Bruising will also occur in affected areas.

Patients should keep supportive garments on for 3 days. On the 4th day, it is possible to remove supportive garments in order to shower. Supportive garments should be put on again once you have dried off after the shower. For the first 4 weeks after surgery, supportive garments should only be taken off for the purposes of washing and personal hygiene.

Stitches are removed approximately 7 to 10 days after surgery. Massage of the areas operated on should be performed several times a day; this technique will be taught during the removal of your stitches.

 

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