Plastic surgery

Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgery to eliminate undesirable excess of fat deposits to improve body appearance and to refine irregular or deformed body contours.

 Liposuction can be used to shape areas below the chin, neck, cheekbones, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles.

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Procedure

For this surgery, a liposuction machine and special instruments called cannulas are used. The surgical team first prepares the area to be operated on and administers regional anesthesia. Through a small incision in the skin, a suction tube with a sharp tip is inserted into the fat deposits and a sweep is made through the area where the fat is to be removed. The released fat is “sucked up” with a suction tube. A suction pump or a large syringe is used to perform the suction. Multiple skin punctures may be needed to treat large areas. 

The surgeon can approach the areas to be treated from several different directions to achieve the best silhouette.

Indications

  • Cosmetic reasons, including fat folds of the waist, fat accumulations, or an abnormal chin line.

    possible to eliminate with diet and/or exercise. 

    Liposuction is not appropriate in the following cases:

  • Improve body silhouette by removing localized fat accumulations that were not
  • Improve sexual function. By reducing the abnormal fat deposits located on the inner thighs, allowing easier access to the vagina.

  • As a substitute for exercise, diet, or as a method to lose weight in general.
  • As a treatment for cellulite (dimpled appearance and uneven skin on hips, thighs, and buttocks).

Side effects

  • Edema or localized swelling of the area
  • Localized bruises or hematoma
  • Tiny incisions of approximately 1 centimeter located in very strategic places
  • Sensitivity disturbances (temporary numbness of the skin that lasts for about 4 to 6 weeks)

The recovery time of these alterations can be tremendously shortened if massages and or ultrasound therapy is performed after the procedure.