Liposuction is the name given to the aspiration of fat through small holes in the skin. It is performed by surgical cannulas that are coupled to a vacuum system.
1. What type of anesthesia is used for liposuction?
We can choose different types of anesthesia: local, local with sedation, blockade (epidural or spinal) or general anesthesia. The best option will depend on the patient’s condition and the area to be treated.
2. Does liposuction slim the patient?
No. Liposuction removes fat deposits remodeling the body contour. It should not be used as a way of slimming.
3. Can the fat deposits that have been removed return in case of weight gain?
No. Adipose excess that was prominent before the liposuction will not return. In the case of weight gain, the patients will increase their body shape as a whole.
4. Is there a difference between liposuction in women and men?
Yes. Although the surgery is performed in the same way, we perform the removal of fat deposits while maintaining the characteristic contours of the man or woman. For example, in women, we try to carve more around the waist contours; while in men, we must keep straighter contours characteristic of the male.
5. What are the scars?
Liposuction is performed through small incisions in the skin. The resulting scars will have about 1 to 2cm located in regions that are easily covered by swimsuits.
6. When will the stitches be removed?
For this type of surgery we use absorbable sutures, that is, wires that are degraded by the body after a few weeks. Thus, the stitches do not need to be removed, they will disappear by themselves.
7. Is the surgery very painful?
Depending on the extent of the area to be treated, the patient may present mild to moderate pain in the first two days after surgery. However, the pain is usually bearable and easily combated with common painkillers.
8. Does the incision get very swollen and purple?
In the first 7 days, edema (swelling) and ecchymosis (purple) may be present. But, this will depend on how each patient responds to surgery.
9. How long does the surgery last?
It depends much on the extent of the areas to be treated. It can vary from 30 minutes to 3 to 4 hours.
10. How long will I need to stay in hospital?
From 8 to 24 hours after surgery. It depends on the type of anesthesia, the extent of the liposuction and the patient’s recovery.
11. Is lymphatic massage necessary?
The massages are very important. The first massage is performed about 4 days after surgery. They help in the early reduction of swelling and scar remodeling. We recommend the execution of at least 10 sessions that may be performed on alternate days for a period of approximately 30 days.
12. Do I have to use compression garments after surgery?
Yes, the use of compression garments should be carried out for 30 days. The length of the belt that will be needed will depend on the areas to be addressed.