So are you a candidate?
You might want to consider a liposuction if you:
- Have areas of stubborn fat that do not recede with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
- Have skin with good elasticity.
- Desire to contour and tone up your body
The initial consultation
The first step, a consultation, will comprise a discussion regarding your expectations, your overall health and your lifestyle. You should be prepared to discuss: reasons for treatment, expectations, existing medical conditions including allergies, current medication and use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and personal and family history.
Additionally, your doctor may also need to evaluate your overall health and risk factors, discuss potential complications, measure the body parts where liposuction is required and photograph them for medical records, discuss options for incision location, anaesthesia and outcomes.
Preparing for the procedure
Prior to your liposuction surgery, you will be required to:
- Undergo lab testing or medical evaluation.
- Start taking certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking four weeks before surgery.
- Avoid taking any herbal and anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin.
- Arrange for transportation home after the procedure.
What to expect
“Vilafortuny performs liposuction on an outpatient basis,” says Dr Trelles. He further advised to expect the following:
Anaesthesia will be administered immediately, prior to and during your procedure. Choices of anaesthesia include intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia – your plastic surgeons will recommend the best choice for you.
A sterile liquid is injected into the body to numb and lessen the bleeding in the areas that require liposuction. The surgeon will then make tiny incisions in the targeted areas of the skin where fat deposits will be removed.
A thin cannula will be inserted through the incisions and underneath the skin to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat will be suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula, removing it permanently from your body. After the desired amount of fat is eliminated from the body, your incisions will be closed using sutures.
What to expect after
In addition to addressing questions and concerns, your plastic surgeon will provide written instructions regarding:
- Post-surgery care to follow at home.
- Prescriptions for medication.
- Followup appointments.
“It is common to experience some soreness during the first few days after surgery – pain medication can be prescribed to help ease these symptoms. Most patients can return to work after one week. Even though scarring is inevitable, the incision lines will diminish over the next few months,” says Dr Trelles.
“Although liposuction results are permanent, factors such as adopting an unhealthy lifestyle, ageing and genetics can cause an individual to gain weight again in the same areas. Post-surgery, a healthy lifestyle is crucial,” notes Dr Trelles. “What a liposuction treatment doesn’t do is replace a healthy lifestyle. It is not a solution for massive weight-loss.”