Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from specific body areas using suction. It can help men and women achieve the desired body contouring by removing fat from body regions like:
- Upper arms
- Hips, Highs, Buttocks
Liposuction helps remove body fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. Even so, it is not a weight loss treatment. It only removes subcutaneous fat, helping you improve your body tone.
If you want to lose weight, you can benefit more from diet, exercise, and medication. For dramatic results, you can consider surgery that helps with weight loss, such as bariatric surgery.
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Who Are Good Candidates For Liposuction?
The following individuals are generally good candidates for liposuction:
- Adults with elastic skin and good muscle tone
- Individuals with body weight not exceeding 30% of the ideal range
- Individuals in good overall health
- Non-smokers or who are willing to quit smoking for at least six weeks before and after the procedure
- Individuals who have realistic expectations of the treatment
Types of Liposuction
There are multiple types of liposuction, each of which uses a different technique than the others. Your surgeon will choose a method depending on your requirements and the treatment area.
VASER liposuction uses ultrasonic waves to dislodge and liquefy stubborn fat, which is then removed using suction. This technique disrupts the connection between fatty tissues and underlying muscles without damaging nearby healthy tissues, allowing for more accurate body sculpting.
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser energy to melt stubborn fat, making it easier to remove through suction. This process not only helps with body sculpting but also stimulates collagen production, promoting skin tightening in the treated region.
Hi Def Liposuction
Hi-Def Liposuction is an advanced method that uses multiple cannulas and energy-based devices to remove subcutaneous fat. This technique helps the surgeon target deeper layers of fatty tissue and enhance the muscular tone. It is ideal for people who want to improve their muscular contouring.
Traditional or suction-assisted liposuction is the basic liposuction procedure for fat removal. During this procedure, the surgeon first injects a mix of medicines that reduce pain and aid fat removal. Then, they insert a cannula and move it back and forth to break up fat cells. The dislodged fat is removed using suction.
Preparing for Liposuction
You may need to follow the steps below to prepare for liposuction:
- Get all your lab tests and medical evaluations done.
- Take medications that your surgeon prescribes.
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before the procedure.
- Stop taking NSAIDs, aspirin, and herbal supplements to reduce the risk of bleeding.
Here is a generalized overview of the procedure:
- Your surgeon or anesthesia expert will administer anesthesia to make the liposuction process painless. It could be general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on your preferences or the extent of surgery.
- The surgeon will make small incisions in the treatment area.
- They will insert a cannula under the skin through those incisions. This cannula is usually connected to a vacuum device.
- The inserted cannula will be moved back and forth, breaking up the target fat. The vacuum device will suction out the dislodged fat.
- Once the required amount of fat has been removed, the surgeon may inject medications or salt water into the treated area. This step helps reduce the risk of pain and bleeding.
- In the final step, the incisions will be closed using sutures. The surgeon may place drainage tubes to remove excess fluid or blood.
Recovery and aftercare
Liposuction recovery may take several weeks to a few months, depending on the individual recovery speed and the extent of surgery.
During recovery, it is essential to follow all your aftercare recommendations. Not only will these steps reduce the risk of complications, but they will also help achieve the desired outcome. The most common liposuction aftercare guidelines are:
- Continue wearing compression garments for the recommended duration.
- Get enough rest during the first few weeks after surgery.
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks. You may engage in light exercise after 3-4 weeks, though.
- Eat fresh fruits and veggies to reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Avoid smoking for at least six weeks.
Your surgeon will give you more specific aftercare instructions based on your metabolic response, the extent of treatment, and other factors.
How long after liposuction do you see results?
It usually takes 2-3 weeks for the swelling to subside and the initial results to appear. More prominent results are visible after about six weeks. You will likely get the desired contours three months after the procedure.
What are the risks of liposuction?
Liposuction is an adequately safe procedure with only a few risks. It may immediately lead to bleeding, bruising, and swelling, a normal part of recovery that lasts only temporarily.
Other less common complications—which are largely preventable if you get the treatment from a skilled surgeon—include the following:
- Fluid buildups – These buildups, also called seromas, are formed under the skin and usually dissipate on their own. These can also be drained using a syringe.
- Numbness – This can be temporary or permanent numbness in the treated area.
- Contour irregularities – Uneven fat removal can lead to a bumpy or wavy skin surface in the treated region.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Dubai?
The starting cost of liposuction in Dubai averages AED 18000, with the final price varying from person to person based on:
- The type of surgery
- The amount of fat removal
- Specific body sculpting goals
- The practitioner’s expertise and experience
- The clinic’s location and reputation
How painful is liposuction?
The liposuction procedure is usually not painful due to anesthesia administered beforehand. However, you may experience some discomfort when the anesthesia effect wears off. This discomfort typically subsides quickly during the first 3-4 days and continues to lessen with time. You will likely feel no pain at all after 4-5 weeks.
Does the fat come back after lipo?
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the treated region, meaning they won’t grow back. However, severe weight gain afterward can cause nearby intact fat cells to grow in volume, potentially affecting body contouring.
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