Nowadays plastic surgery applies to both men and women. Recent studies reveal that plastic surgery has increased tremendously for both sexes. One of the most common procedures in both and one in which the results are almost immediately is liposuction.
Liposuction is a procedure which removes fat from the body through small cannula connected to a suction machine. It is without doubt the most common procedure in cosmetic plastic surgery today. Through liposuction we can treat areas of the body that do not respond to diet or exercise. This procedure does not replace good nutrition, weight loss or an exercise routine. Liposculpture is simply liposuction done with a smaller cannula to create skin contours that reflect the person's muscular structure.
The procedure is ambulatory and can be done with local anesthesia and sedation. The area to be operated is injected with a soluble solution containing anesthetic prior to suctioning. This facilitates the removal of fat and reduces blood loss. Once the suction is complete, an elastic band will be placed around the surgical area that must be used continuously for 4 weeks. This elastic band helps reduce swelling and helps the subcutaneous tissue adhere properly.
Complications are few and usually minor. You can always have infections of the skin and bruising. Bleeding is rare, but fluid and electrolyte disturbance is common when more than 5 liters of fat are removed in a session an amount which is rarely removed. Usually there is some discomfort for 3 or 4 days, but after a week most patients can return to work and assume a sedentary level of physical activity. Heavy exercise is banned for 4 weeks. After 6 weeks you can return to your normal physical activity level.
The postoperative change is immediate, but it will take at least 3 months to get your final result. If your expectations are realistic, you will likely be very pleased with the result. You will find that your clothes feel better and that you feel better about your body. If you maintain a balanced diet and exercise plan, the change could be permanent. Weight gain after liposuction can change the contour of non-operated areas and should be avoided. It is recommended that you are operate at a weight you can maintain indefinitely to avoid this problem.
Before & After
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