Liposuction and After Care

Liposuction has given us the ability to shed those unwanted pounds quickly. And this is so important especially today when having a healthy body often translates to having a slim shape. This is perhaps why medical science has introduced different liposuction techniques. Procedures usually take anywhere from under an hour to couple of hours depending on the technique used and the amount of fats to be removed.

Tumescent or Wet Liposuction

This weight loss procedure involves the use of a saline solution mixed with local anesthetic. The target area is injected with a fat removing solution that breaks down fat cells. This is considered as a gentler alternative to traditional liposuction because it minimizes tissue trauma, bleeding and swelling.

The surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a cannula or a small metal tube into the target area. The saline solution and anesthesia is then introduced. A vacuum attached to the cannula is then used to siphon off broken down fat deposits. For patients with large fat deposits, more than one incision may be required to remove all the fats effectively.

 Traditional or Dry Liposuction

This type of liposuction is of the more traditional type where an incision is made for the cannula. Unlike wet liposuction, it does not use solutions to break fat. These are removed by suctioning fat areas directly. Common side effects include bleeding, tissue trauma and swelling.

Power-assisted Liposuction

Similar to wet liposuction, the only difference is it uses another device to hasten fat removal. This drastically shortens the time required to perform the procedure. It also gives the surgeon better control and enhances the results of liposuction.

Ultrasound Liposuction

One of the more modern liposuction techniques available today. This procedure is an effective body contouring technique that can more accurately remove stubborn fat deposits. Ultrasound liposuction however cannot be used to remove large volumes of fat. It is one of the non-invasive liposuction procedures being employed today as an alternative to traditional liposuction.

Recovering from Liposuction

Bandages and elastic support garments are usually used after liposuction. This is worn for several weeks to help reduce swelling and prevent bleeding. It is also used to enhance body shaping during the recovery period.

Anesthetics are used to desensitize the patient and to make the procedure painless. But depending on the type and amount of anesthetics used, the patient is required to stay in the hospital until the full effects of anesthesia disappears. It would also be a good idea to have a friend or family member with you during the first day after being released from care.

Anesthesia has a direct effect on our coordination. This is why activities such as driving or any activity that requires our full mental abilities are discouraged after treatment. The effects of anesthesia may linger for a few hours after the operation and sensation on the treated area is only regained afterwards.  Health teachings on proper wound care are also given to prevent complications such as bleeding and infection.

It is important that you discuss with your surgeon all the effects of liposuction and how the procedure is performed. This is given by the surgeon before surgery to mentally prepare you for liposuction.

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