Liposuction is the aspiration of fat by surgical method. A small incision is made superficial or deep subcutaneous in fat. It is the most common plastic surgery. A minor liposuction does not require hospitalization, and can be performed in ambulatory regime. A more important liposuction (when stealing more than 1 kg of fat) requires 48-hour medical supervision.
The most common areas for liposuction are hips and thighs. It is more practical but also can be made on neck, breasts, abdomen and knees.
How is it done?
Usually is performed under general anesthesia, but can occasionally be performed under local anesthesia. Small incisions are made in hidden areas which allow the introduction of special medical instruments. The fat layer is first fluidized by injecting a mixture of substances. Subsequently suction device is inserted and remove the desired fat layer.
How long lasts the intervention?
The surgery lasts about 1-2 hours per area over which it occurs.
How do you feel after surgery?
Most patients are encouraged to start moving as soon as the anesthetic effect disappears. In patients whom was extracted an important layer of fat are advised to stay in hospital overnight.
The surgery area is protected by a special dressing, applied very tight. This special dressing plays a role in establishing a new outline of the silhouette or area to prevent blood or other fluid to accumulate in the aspirated area. This special dressing should be worn continuously two weeks after surgery and another month after, most of the time. Physical effort is forbidden in this time period.
Other methods of liposuction
Ultrasonic liposuction – Ultrasounds are used to fragment the fat layer. Suction operation will be faster and cleaner, but skin burn can occur in areas with a thicker layer of skin.
Oscillating liposuction – The fat layer is destroyed mechanically by inserting a tube that produces high frequency vibrations. Thus the fat layer is removed quickly and there is no risk of skin burns.
Where liposuction is performed?
Liposuction is a procedure that is part of the dermatology section – aesthetic – plastic surgery. So it is done in clinics specialized in cosmetic surgery.
It is good to know from the beginning that these costs do not fall into the category of costs borne by health insurance. The average cost rises to $ 250 for the intervention. If liposuction in the abdominal area comes in four areas the cost is worth an average of $ 1,000.