What is Liposuction (Fat Suction)?
Liposuction is the procedure of removing the persistent fat deposits from body areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. The procedure also involves shaping (contouring) these areas, and it is carried out by using a hollow cannula inserted through the skin, which is connected to a vacuum system that suctions fat. Diet, a regular exercise program, and maintaining a stable lifestyle is necessary to get rid of excess weight. However, some areas do not always respond well to these measures in terms of losing excessive fat. When the diet and exercise are not sufficient for getting rid of excessive fat tissue in some specific parts of the body, the liposuction method can be performed. This method can be combined with different aesthetic surgical procedures such as breast lift or facelift.
How is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?
A step by step approach of a traditional liposuction procedure is as follows:
- Small incisions of 1-2 mm in diameter are made on the area of treatment, and with the help of various methods, excessive fat tissues are melted for removal.
- By using a thin cannula, the dissolved fat is removed from the area.
- In order to hide the surgical scars, the incisions are made on the folds of the body and in the areas covered by an undergarment.
In Laser-assisted liposuction method:
- With the assistance of the laser, the excessive fat tissue at the treatment area is melted down.
- Subsequently, the fat is removed with the help of a vacuum suction system, through a thin cannula inserted through incisions of 1-2 mm.
In Laser lipolysis method, one of the most advanced techniques:
- The fats that are melted are processed through the kidney and liver. It is a non-surgical method, and it does not involve vacuuming.
What are Liposuction techniques?
Since it is one of the most performed aesthetic procedures worldwide, numerous studies are carried out in order to achieve more perfect results by following modern technology. These studies are mostly focused on reducing loose skin and cellulite-like appearance after liposuction. For this purpose, Vaser, Laser (SmartLipo) and power assisted liposuction (Lipomatic) techniques are frequently used.
- In the laser liposuction technique, the fat tissue is broken down with the heat application. Then, the fat becomes homogenous and is removed from the body via a cannula. With the help of laser technology, the heat applied to the skin of the treatment area also provides a firm look.
- In the Vaser liposuction technique, the fat tissue is broken down with the application of sound waves called ultrasound energy. Then the fat becomes homogenous and is removed from the body via a cannula. The skin of the treatment area is tightened with cannula tips.
- Lipomatic is a form of power-assisted liposuction (PAL). It uses a cannula attached to an oscillating handpiece that drives it back and forth to break up unwanted fat cells—without the addition of heat—before suctioning them out of the body.
These techniques should be performed by skilled surgeons who are experts in their areas. In the laser liposuction method, it is important to be very careful not to burn the skin, since the fat tissue is broken down with the help of heat.
What is the Cost of Liposuction?
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Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be a candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss or cellulite treatment method. It is used for regional slimming and body shaping (contouring) and is a minimally invasive surgical method. For this reason, the patient needs to be in good general health for the intervention. Liposuction, a technique aiming to provide an aesthetic appearance by removing the persistent fat from certain parts of the body, is suitable for anyone who is not pregnant or breastfeeding and who does not have any health problems. In order not to experience complaints after liposuction, the patient should provide his/her medical history, such as the presence of a heart disease, diabetes or a weak immune system or a health problem related to blood circulation. It will be important and appropriate to see a specialist and get approval before going on with this procedure.
What to expect during the recovery period after liposuction?
The liposuction procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. It is often the preferred method because patients recover quickly after the intervention. Patients can return to their daily lives within a few days after the intervention. In about two weeks, patients can continue with normal activities. Depending on the type of the technique applied, the degree of the pain and bruising vary. Liposuction corset should be worn following the procedure to shape and tighten the body faster. After liposuction, patients need to take a break from smoking for quick recovery.
What are the false beliefs about liposuction surgery?
- Liposuction is not a weight-loss method.
- Liposuction is not a cellulite treatment method.
- Having liposuction does not mean that weight will not be regained after the procedure.
- The liposuction method has no butt lift function.
- Liposuction is not applied under the hips or on the front side of the legs.
- Liposuction cannot correct the sagging in the abdomen or skin caused by frequent weight gain and loss.
What are the other non-surgical fat removal methods?
Laser lipolysis is the most popular technique among other non-surgical fat removal methods. In this technique, fat tissues are melted with the help of high technology. This intervention protects skin integrity with cold lipolysis and cavitation techniques. Laser lipolysis is mostly preferred when a high amount of fat tissue needs to be melted. The success rates are high. It is possible to dissolve approximately 1 litre of fat in a short time (in about 10 minutes). Also, loose skin can be treated with this technique.
What are the possible complications of liposuction procedure?
Liposuction is a procedure that poses a much lower risk compared to surgical procedures. Bleeding and infections occur very rarely. The occurrence of possible complications is minimised when the procedure is performed by an experienced surgeon.
Are the results of the liposuction procedure permanent?
During liposuction, fat cells are permanently removed from the body. Even fat accumulation would not be observed at the intervention area, fat can still accumulate in other parts of the body due to weight gain. Regular exercise and an appropriate diet will help to preserve the new shape of the body after the procedure.
To which areas can liposuction be applied?
It can be applied to any area from the ankle to the cheeks. However, it is frequently applied to areas where fat accumulation is excessive, such as the abdomen, sometimes the inner side of the legs, waist, back and neck. This method is also effectively used for underarm sagging.
Will there be a scar after liposuction?
The process of healing after liposuction varies per individual and with the method applied. The scars at the intervention area begin to heal in two to three weeks. They disappear entirely after approximately three months.
How much fat can be removed with the liposuction intervention?
The amount of fat removed cannot exceed 8% of the total weight of the body. The amount of fat to be removed varies per individual, changing between one and five litres on average.