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Liposuction
Author: Lan Chi
Review Date: August 6, 2018 | Last Modified: January 12, 2019
Liposuction

Definition

1. What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.

This surgery can be performed alone or along with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.

2. What is the purpose of Liposuction?

The purpose of Liposuction is to improve the contours of the body part being operated upon.

Candidates

1. When is Liposuction needed?

Normally, plastic surgeon will recommend Liposuction only if lifestyle changes have not achieved the desired results. It can treat areas of fat that are resistant to exercise and diet.

2. Who are eligible for Liposuction?

In general, good candidates for a Liposuction include:

  • Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Nonsmokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring

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Cost

Usually, the fee for Liposuction depends on how many areas are treated by Liposuction, the less the treated areas, the lower the fee.

In the U.S., the fees for this procedure may vary from $2000 to $8000 for liposuction accomplished on a single day, to as much as $12,000 to $20,000 or more when multiple areas are treated on separate occasions over a period of several months.

The cost of Liposuction can vary from community to community, and from surgeon to surgeon. To get an accurate estimate, it is necessary to have a consultation with a surgeon and to receive a written quote of the expected fees.

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Preparation

1.  What should I do before Liposuction?

The first step is to consult with your surgeon. Talk about your goals, the options, the risks and benefits, and the costs. Ask all your questions.

If you decide to go ahead with Liposuction, your surgeon will give you instructions on how to prepare for it. These may include diet and alcohol restrictions.

Tell your surgeon about any allergies you have and any medications you take, including over-the-counter and herbal supplements. She will likely recommend you stop taking certain meds, such as blood thinners and certain painkillers several weeks before surgery.

2.  What should I do after Liposuction?

Here are some tips to help you recover from Liposuction faster:

  • Stay well-hydrated with water or fruit juices, and resting, will help you feel better during the first week;
  • Avoid operating hazardous machinery for at least 18 hours following liposuction surgery;
  • Steer clear from ibuprofen, aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) for at least three days after surgery, as NSAIDS can promote bleeding complications. Tylenol can be taken and/or your surgeon will provide you with a safe pain control regimen
  • Do not apply topical antibiotics to your incision sites, unless otherwise directed by your surgeon;
  • Refrain from applying cold or hot compresses to the treated areas;
  • Do not go swimming in a pool/ocean or soak in a bath for at least seven days after surgery or you may risk infection;
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages within 48 hours after surgery;

Moreover, you should not book flight arrangements immediately following your operation, unless your doctor confirms that it is safe. Generally, most patients can fly within 24 to 48 hours after surgery.

In addition, prolonged car and/or airplane travel should be avoided to prevent the risk of blood clots in the legs.

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Procedure

1. How long does Liposuction last?

The average patient will be in the surgical facility for 3 to 7 hours even though the actual surgery may only require 2 to 3 hours.

The length of time that it takes to complete this surgery depends on the size of the patient, the number of areas being treated, and the type of anesthesia being used.

As it takes a certain amount of time to inject local anesthesia, it usually takes longer using local anesthesia than when using general anesthesia.

2. How is the procedure of Liposuction?

There are just a few different Liposuction techniques. However, what they all have in common is the use of a thin tube, called a cannula, connected to a vacuum to suction the fat from your body.

  • Tumescent Liposuction is the most common technique. Your surgeon injects a sterile solution into the area where the fat is to be removed. It consists of saline — which is salt water – along with lidocaine and epinephrine. The solution makes it easier to suction the fat with less blood loss and pain.
  • Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction, or UAL, uses sound waves energy under your skin to rupture the cell walls of the fat. This liquefies the fat to suction it out.
  • Laser-assisted Liposuction, or SmartLipo, uses a laser to produce a burst of energy to liquefy the fat.

3. What happens after the procedure?

You might not have to stay in the hospital depending on the type of Liposuction you had. Your surgeon may require you to wear a compression garment for 1 to 2 months after surgery to control swelling.

In addition, you’ll probably also have to take some antibiotics to prevent infection. Most people can return to work within a few days and get back to normal activities within 2 weeks. However, every person is different.

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Complications & Side Effects

1. What complications could arise from Liposuction?

Commonly, complications associated with Liposuction include:

  • Bleeding
  • Complications from anesthesia
  • Shock (usually from not getting enough fluid during surgery)
  • Fluid accumulation (pockets of fluid forming under the skin)
  • Infections (strep, staph)
  • Fat embolism (when tiny pieces of fat break away and block blood flow)
  • Burns from instruments
  • Uneven fat removal
  • Reactions to lidocaine
  • Change in skin sensation; numbness
  • Damage to nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs

Another risk is a blood clot in your deep veins. Clots can be very dangerous if they travel to other parts of your body, such as your lungs.

2. What are the possible side effects of Liposuction?

You should expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks after the surgery.

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GO.CARE does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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