LIPOSUCTION SURGERY (FAT REMOVAL)
Liposuction surgery, also known as fat removal, is the surgical removal of fat tissue from just below the surface of the skin. It is used to reduce the fat surplus which disturbs any part of the body.
CAN LIPOSUCTION SURGERY BE USED FOR LOSING WEIGHT?
Liposuction surgery should not be considered as an alternative to weight loss. It is the method of taking fat deposits, which is a limited area that does not respond to diet and exercise.
However, it is now possible to perform mega liposuction operations up to 12 liters in one session thanks to the advanced anesthesia and surgery technologies.
WHO ARE THE MOST ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES FOR LIPOSUCTION SURGERY?
Visible results are obtained in people with localized excess fat depositions. Lightweight patients may benefit from Liposuction surgery, and it is best to be in or near normal weight. The good quality and elasticity of the skin helps the loosening skin after the fat intake to make fit to its new shape.
There is no exact age limit for liposuction surgery, and you are advised to consult your doctor. Furthermore, the doctor finds appropriate that the patient is physically healthy, psychologically balanced and has realistic expectations.
CAN THE VACUUMED FATS BE USED?
During liposuction, the vacuumed fat tissue can be used for fat injection if needed. It is advisable to discuss this with the doctor before the operation, because the fat cells must be sterilized through some procedures.
WHAT KIND OF SITUATIONS CANNOT THE SURGERY BE PERFORMED?
If the patient has recently undergone an operation to the region to be operated during the liposuction surgery and there is a blood circulation defect in that region or the patient has lung or heart disease, the doctor should definitely be notified and the operation should be postponed.
WHICH PARTS OF THE BODY IS LIPOSUCTION SURGERY APPLIED?
Fat absorption can be applied to many different parts of the body. Undesirable fat surplus can be absorbed and removed from the cheeks, chin, neck, upper arms and upper chests of men, abdomen, trunk side parts, hips, thighs and knees, inner and outer leg parts (joker region), calves and ankles.
CAN THE FATS UNDER THE NECK BE REMOVED WITH LIPOSUCTION SURGERY?
Yes, it can also be removed very quickly and easily. If the maxillary skin has excessive fat and is tight, only the vacuuming method can create a chin line that provides a more beautiful, angular, and young appearance. If the neck is loose and sagging, the vacuuming procedure may not achieve the desired result when it is performed alone, even if excessive fat is available. For patients with loose skin, laser lipolysis and neck lift procedures may also be necessary.
WHAT KIND OF PROBLEM MAY OCCUR AFTER LIPOSUCTION SURGERY?
The surgical incisions are too small. The incisions are about a half inch in length and the remaining scars are too small to be visible. Pigmentation changes (brown spots), which can be permanent, may rarely occur in cases of skin loosening, fluctuation or exposure to the sun in the treating region.
HOW MUCH FAT CAN BE REMOVED?
If the liposuction surgery is not too comprehensive, the amount of fat and fluid to be removed will vary based on the experience of the physician and the quantity to be determined, taking into account the patient’s health condition, body area and suitability for surgical procedure.
WHAT KIND OF ANESTHESIA IS USED?
Liposuction surgery can be performed under local anesthesia and sedation. The patient will be partially awake but will not feel pain. Epidural anesthesia can be quite sufficient for operations to be performed only in the lower regions. If it is planned to apply the operation to a wide area or multiple regions, general anesthesia will be appropriate. In this case, the patient will sleep during the operation.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES LIPOSUCTION SURGERY TAKE?
The operation lasts for 1-2 hours, but depending on the size and amount of the vacuumed area, the duration can be extended from half an hour to several hours.
HOW IS LIPOSUCTION SURGERY PERFORMED?
To start the surgery, a small incision (cut) is made to insert the small absorbent tubes called the “cannula” into the skin. The outer end of the cannula is connected to a powerful suction machine. The doctor cuts the fat by moving the cannula through the subcutaneous fat layer and sucks it out. It is ensured to make the surface of the fatty region to be removed straighter and smoother by entering into it from different points. Sometimes additional small incisions may be needed to remove the amount of fat that is appropriate.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER LIPOSUCTION SURGERY?
Bleeding and edema are usually prevented by wearing corset to the vacuum-absorbed area. The skin is provided to shape properly with new body lines at the same time. The corset also reduces the pain of the patient to a degree and allows her/him to move more easily. The corset may need to be worn continuously for a month according to the prediction of the doctor, and then the doctor can recommend wearing it only during the day.
DO THE REMOVED FATS LEAD TO WEIGHT LOSS?
Weight loss is not immediately visible, resulting from the fats removed with vacuum after liposuction surgery. Edema and water retention, which occur in the operating region, are the main reasons for this.
WHEN CAN YOU RETURN TO WORK AFTER LIPOSUCTION SURGERY?
Most of the patients can return to their social life and work within 2-3 days, and some of them may continue to have aches. It is appropriate that you decide on when to start work depending on the doctor’s recommendation. The size of the surgery and how the patient feels are very important.
WHEN IS THE HEALING PROCESS COMPLETED?
All the swelling and color changes will eliminate within 1-2 months after liposuction surgery, sometimes it can take up to 6 months to lose some swelling. The doctor monitors the patient’s condition during this time and decides whether or not an additional intervention is needed.
ARE THE FATS RETAKEN AFTER BEING REMOVED WITH LIPOSUCTION SURGERY?
If the operated patient pays attention to her or his eating plan and continues to exercise regularly, the results will be permanent. If you gain weight, not only previous bulging but also fat deposition will be equally distributed to the whole body. Many patients are satisfied with the result after Liposuction surgery; they feel more comfortable in new and different clothes. As long as the expectations are kept at a realistic level, they are satisfied with the new image.