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Liposuction is the removal of the excess of fat on the abdomen, waist, hips, knees, bottom, or neck, that can’t be removed through exercises or diets.
The liposculpture is nothing but a liposuction, except that on this case, the removed fat is placed in another part of the body that needs to be shaped (lipoinsertion), for example, the bottom. Part of the fat will be absorved (about 40%) and the rest will permanently remain, providing good results.
This surgery can be performed in both men and women, but it isn’t a substitute method for diet or exercises. It is important to remember that the procedure cannot be done on obese patients who consider it to be their “salvation” in terms of weight loss, once the change is seen on the shape of the body, not the scale.
Liposuction was developed on the 80’s and revolutionized the search for a better figure. Over the years, this technique was perfected, and the size of the tubes were reduced, making it a less invasive procedure, and with more predictable results.
Liposuction can be performed alone or in association with other procedures, for example, abdominoplasty and mammoplasty. Its primary recommendation is for healthy patients, who lost their body shape and are close to their ideal weight. Liposculpture aims to reduce the concentrated and undesired fat, and fill in on areas who lack on fat, providing a better harmony to the body. Despite its popularity, the liposuction must be recommended with caution, because its results depend mainly on the ability of the skin to retract after the removal of the fat. On cases where the skin is flaccid, procedures that involve the removal of that skin (besides the removal of the fat) might be necessary. For those patients, the simple removal of fat by using the liposuction will tend to increase the wrinkles and creases on the skin, generating unsatisfactory results.
The surgery is performed in a hospital, and can be made with local, peridural, or general anesthesia, depending on the place and amount of tissue to be removed, lasting from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The patient can leave the hospital at the same day or remain hospitalized for 24 hours.
The surgery is performed through small incisions (0,5cm), that leave almost imperceptible scars, due to their position in strategic areas of the body, such as natural creases of the skin. The fat is removed through tubes, introduced near the region to be treated through those incisions.
The tubes that are currently used are much more delicate than those that were used in the past, leading to a better result without irregularities, besides providing a smaller trauma for the body.
When the patient leaves the hospital, she will be wearing a modeling girdle that must be kept on day and night for 30 days. At home, it’s important to rest, drink a lot of liquids and have a good diet.
At first, the patient will be swollen, and that will only get worse during the first week, and it will start to get better after. Swellings in the feet and arms are also common. It’s normal to feel a little bit dizzy and weak on the first three days. The patient will also noticed that the lipousctioned area will be very purple. The bloating is normal after the procedure, and it will start to get better after 1-2 weeks.
Depending on the amount of fat that was removed, you can return to your normal activities from 3 to 7 days after the surgery. Physical exercises must be avoided for 2-4 weeks. It’s important to protect yourself against the sun for at least 2 months, in order to avoid skin marks.
It is also recommended that the patient performs lymphatic drainage in order to improve the swelling, reduce the recovery time, besides helping to shape the body and avoid irregularities and depressions on the treated areas.
Although some results can already be seen after 40 days, the permanent result should be noticed between 3 to 6 months after the surgery.