Liposuction, commonly known as lipo, is performed by removing fat from various parts of the body. Those who’d like to have a liposuction surgery should keep 2 things in mind;
1-)It is not an alternative to weight loss, it is used to further accentuate the body parts.
2-)While the excess fat is removed with this surgery, the essential fat is spared. Removing the essential fat may lead to health problems.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure in which excess fat is removed via special devices, called cannula, that are inserted through small incisions. The purpose of this procedure is to reshape the body and achieve a slimmer and a more attractive look.
Before the surgery;
- The skin thickness is examined,
- Areas where excess fat is stored is located and the amount of fat is determined,
- The patient is examined for cellulitis,
- The surgery method is then agreed upon after an evaluation.
How Is Liposuction Performed?
In liposuction, the area with the excess fat is injected with a special solution and is swollen. Afterwards, a couple of small incisions are made either on this area or near it. Through these incisions, metal tubes(cannulas) with a 2-6 mm diameter are inserted under the skin. The size of the cannulas depends on various factors. These cannulas are connected to a pump device via transparent tubings.
The cannulas start aspirating when the device is turned on and are moved back and forward at an adequate depth underneath the skin, removing the fat in the process. This process goes on until the desired body shape and skin texture is achieved. Lately, ultrasound energy is being used during a liposuction surgery. The fat tissue breaks down with the ultrasound energy and then is subsequently removed with the cannulas.
What Is The Recovery Period Like?
Patients don’t usually feel too much pain after the surgery and the drugs given will prevent any unbearable pain or discomfort from arising. A special bandage is wrapped around the operated areas and the patient wears a special compression corset. Dressing is applied after the surgery. The patient continues to wear the corset for 5-6 weeks. There might be discoloration, swelling, tingling and burning sensations in the operated areas that resolve in 3 weeks. The scars will disappear in about 2-6 months.
What Is 4D Liposuction?
4D liposuction is a method in which VASER,Laser Lipolysis, Radio Frequency-Assisted Liposuction and Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture are used together to achieve the best results possible.
VASER Liposuction: Breaking down of fat using ultrasonic waves
Laser Lipolysis: Breaking down of fat using laser waves.
Radio Frequency-Assisted Liposuction: Breaking down of fat using radio frequency waves.
Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture: Breaking down of fat using infrasonic waves
Which Method Is Superior?
No single method is better than the other. The method used depends on the amount of fat that’s going to be removed and the thickness of the skin.
Who Could Have A Liposuction Surgery?
Everyone with excess fat and without too much saggy skin could have a liposuction surgery. If the patient has too much excess skin either a different procedure or an abdominoplasty in conjunction with a liposuction is recommended.
Which Areas Are Suitable For A Liposuction Surgery?
It is possible to remove fat from many parts of the body including; under the chin, from the cheeks, the neck, the upper arm, the breast, the abdomen, the waist, the hips, the thighs, around the knees and behind the legs. It is also performed complementarity in conjunction with other procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction surgery etc.
What Kind Of Anesthesia Will Be Used During The Surgery?
General or local anesthesia could be used, depending on the size or the number of the areas that will be operated upon.
How Long Will The Procedure Last?
The procedure will last 1-5 hours, depending on the size and the number of the areas that will be operated upon.
Will I Have To Stay In The Hospital?
It is not necessary to stay in the hospital if the operated areas are small enough. However, if the operated areas are large enough, then the patient may have to stay in the hospital for a day.
Will There Be Scarring Afterwards?
Since the operation is performed with small cannulas, ranging from 2-6 mm diameters , there won’t be any scarring afterwards.
Will There Be Any Pain, Swelling Or Bruising?
There might be slight swelling and bruising after the procedure that should resolve in 2 weeks. There usually isn’t too much pain afterwards and any pain that could arise could be remedied with painkillers. A compression corset is worn for 10-15 days after the operation.
How Many Litres Of Fat Could Be Removed In A Single Session? When Can I Have The Procedure Again?
4-5 litres of fat could be removed without affecting the patient’s well-being and overall health negatively. Although more fat could be taken out if the patient is provided with blood and liquids intravenously. This decision is strictly based on the surgeon. If deemed necessary, another surgery could be performed 3-6 months later.
What Should I Keep In Mind After The Procedure?
After a liposuction, patients are advised to stay away from heavy physical activity for at least a week. You should maintain a healthy diet and a regular workout regimen, in accordance with your doctor.
BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT (BBL)
Due to a variety of reasons, be it losing weight too quickly, not exercising regularly or just getting older, the buttocks could sag, lose its firmness and shape over time. A brazilian butt lift is performed to reshape the buttocks, regain its firmness and size. In this procedure, fat is taken out from other parts of the body with liposuction and it is injected into the buttocks in various places. With each injection, the buttocks become firmer and fuller. There are two benefits of this surgery: firstly, unwanted excess fat is removed and secondly,the removed fat is injected into the buttocks to achieve a more attractive shape and size. A brazilian butt lift also poses fewer risks to the patient compared to other surgeries, such as a butt implant. An abdominoplasty, liposuction, thigh lift and a breast augmentation surgery could be performed in conjunction with a brazilian butt lift.
What Is The Difference Between A Brazilian Butt Lift And A Butt Implant?
While your own fat is used to reshape your buttocks during a brazilian butt lift, placing a butt implant introduces a foreign object to your body. Due to this reason, a brazilian butt lift has a lesser chance of causing an infection, because it is your own fat that is being used. The recovery period is also much shorter compared to a butt implant.
What Should I Do Before the Surgery?
-The patient must arrive at the hospital with an empty stomach and shouldn’t eat anything for 6 hours before the surgery.
-Smoking and drinking alcohol should be stopped 15 days before the surgery.
-Smoking after the surgery may affect the recovery process.
-The patient is advised to wear comfortable clothes ie. casual, wide-neck clothing or buttoned shirts.
-The patient must stop taking birth-control pills a month before the surgery.
-Strenuous physical activity should be stopped 2-5 days before the surgery.
-Having a flu, a cold or similar diseases can affect the surgery. Such respiratory diseases may cause problems under anesthesia and thus the surgery should be postponed until the patient gets better completely.
-The patient must cease taking any anticoagulants (aspirin, warfarin etc), and multivitamins containing vitamin E 10 before the surgery.
How Long Does The Surgery Last?
The surgery generally lasts 3-4 hours. During the surgery, the patient’s own fat is removed from various parts of the body and is then injected into the buttocks.
What Is The Recovery Period Like?
It is normal to have swellings, bruisings and stomach pain after the surgery. You will stay for a day at the hospital after the surgery, during which, you will be given drugs to reduce the pain and the discomfort to a minimum. 4-5 days after the operation, the surgeon will cure the operated areas, after which, the patient can take a shower. The swelling and the bruising will subside in a week.
The patients must wear a compression corset after the surgery. The patient must not sit on top of their buttocks and lie face down during the first week. The recovery period lasts 7-10 days, after which, the patient may return to their everyday life. It takes 3-6 months to see the end results of the surgery. Additionally, the patient is given a special pillow that they have to use for a month after the surgery. A compression corset is worn for a month around the body parts where the fat was removed. The patient may resume their normal physical activities after a month.
Is A Brazilian Butt Lift Permanent?
A brazilian butt lift is a surgery that yields long-lasting results. Some of the fat injected during the procedure may disappear but most will remain. Once the blood circulation in the area returns to normal, the remaining fat will stay in place permanently. Since this fat tissue is just like any other fat tissue in the body, it may get smaller or bigger as you lose or gain weight.
Will There Be Scarring Afterwards?
There won’t be any scarring afterwards. As the incisions are about 1-2 mm, they will disappear shortly after the surgery.