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    Liposuction is the surgical removal of excess fat of the abdomen, waist, hips, knees, buttocks or neck areas. It removes the kind of fat that cannot be eliminated through dieting or exercising.

    Liposculpture is nothing more than liposuction, but in the case of liposculpture part of the fat suctioned is put back into the body only in a different area, where it is needed to give it a better shape (liponxertia). The body absorbs part of the re-inserted fat (an average of 40%) and the remaining stays permanently in the body, with good results.

    This kind of surgical procedure can be performed in either men or women, but it is not a substitute to dieting and exercising. It is opportune to point out that this kind of procedure is not indicated to obese patients, who might consider it as their “salvation” towards weight loss. It is actually more helpful to change contour and shape than to remove actual weight.

    Liposuction was firstly developed in the eighties and caused a revolution in the quest for the perfect body. With time this technique was perfected and the procedure became less invasive and gave better results.

    Liposuction can be considered on its own or in conjunction with other procedures, for example abdominoplasty or mammoplasty. It is mainly indicated for healthy patients, who have lost body contour and shape but are near to their ideal body weight. This procedure aims to reduce localized and undesired fat deposits and also to fill in depressed areas, restoring body harmony. Although it is a popular procedure, liposuction must be indicated with responsibility and safety, as the results will depend primarily of the skin capacity of retraction in the treated area after the removal of the excess fat.

    Where the skin is loose and fat deposits are also present, an abdmoninoplasty, or tummy tuck, is more advisable, because the sole removal of fat might emphasize skin wrinkles and folds.

    Liposuction is performed in a hospital and can be done under local, general or peridural anesthetic, depending on the targeted part of the body and the quantity of fat to be removed. The procedure can take from 30 minutes to 3 hours, and the patient might have to stay in hospital overnight, however most people might be able to go home on the same day.

    A small incision of approximately 0,5cm is done on the body and the fat is suctioned through it. There will be only small scars, strategically positioned, and they Will be almost imperceptible. The fat is suctioned through metal pipes inserted in the small incisions.

    Nowadays, the pipes used to perform liposuction are much more delicate than the ones used in the past. The results achieved now are far better, without the irregularities observed in the past, and with much less trauma.

    After surgery you will be wearing a special garment, which you must wear for at least 30 days. At home it is important to rest, drink lots of water and eat well.

    You will experience swelling initially and it will get worse for the first week, after which the majority of the swelling should go, but will not start to disappear before the second week. Bruising is also expected, including on the feet and arms, apart from the targeted area. You might also present dizziness on the first few days.

    Depending on the quantity suctioned you will be able to return to your normal activities within 3 to 7 weeks, but physical exercises must be avoided for 2 to 4 weeks. It is important to protect yourself from the sun for at least 2 months, in order to avoid skin marks.

    Lymphatic drainage is advisable to reduce swelling and to shorten recovery time. Lymphatic drainage also helps to form shape and to avoid irregularities and depressions appearing on the treated area.

    You will observe some result after 40 days, but the final result will be seen from 3 to 6 months after surgery.

Remember: Liposuction, as any other kind of plastic surgery, must always be performed in a medical centre or hospital, by a qualified plastic surgeon member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, and with the help of an anesthesist!
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