Liposuction is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including the chin, neck, and cheeks; the upper arms and above the breasts; the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs; and the knees, calves, and ankles. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction, it is a method of removing localised fat that doesn’t respond to dieting and exercise.
The Best Candidates for Liposuction
The best candidates for Liposuction are of relatively normal weight but have pockets of excess fat in particular areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. Most important, having firm, elastic skin will result in a better final contour.
Planning your Liposuction Surgery
In your initial consultation, Mr Klein will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie, and carefully assess your skin tone. Mr Klein will explain any alternative body-contouring methods that may be appropriate-such as Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck and discuss the options or the potential combination of procedures that would be best for you. Don’t hesitate to ask Mr Klein any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results. Mr Klein will explain the procedure in detail, including the risks and limitations, the type of anesthesia that will be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be preformed and the costs involved. Be sure to tell Mr Klein if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Where Your Surgery will be Performed
Liposuction may be performed in Mr Klein’s rooms, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. It’s usually done on an outpatient basis, for cost containment and convenience. Extensive procedures may require a hospital stay of two or three days.
Types of Anesthesia
Generally Mr Klein prefers a general anesthesia for Liposuction, this means you will sleep through the entire operation. If Mr Klein plans to suction a large area, or to treat several sites, he will recommend a general anesthesia performed in a hospital.
Liposuction is generally a safe procedure, as long as patients are carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped, and the physician is adequately trained in body contouring as well as general surgery. The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view, even in a bikini. However, other cosmetic problems may occur. During your consultation the procedure will be explained in detail, including the risks and limitations.
The Liposuction Surgical Procedure
Liposuction usually takes an hour or two, but the time required may vary considerably from thirty minutes to several hours, depending on the area and amount being suctioned. To begin the procedure, Mr Klein makes a small incision, just large enough to allow the insertion of a hollow tube called a Cannula. The opposite end of the Cannula is attached to a machine that creates a strong vacuum. The surgeon manipulates the Cannula deep within the fat layers under the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it out. Sometimes additional incisions are needed to remove all areas of fat.
After Your Liposuction Surgery
A snug elastic dressing, girdle, or body stocking must be worn over the treated area to control swelling and bleeding, and to help your skin shrink to fit your new contour. You may need to wear this garment continuously for two to three weeks, then just in the daytime for a few weeks more, depending on Mr Klein’s instructions. He may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. Don’t expect to look or feel great right after surgery. You’ll even be heavier for a while, because of the extra fluids you’ve been given. The suctioned areas will be swollen and bruised, and you may feel a burning sensation. You may still feel stiff and sore for a few days and you may temporarily lose all feeling in the suctioned area; don’t worry, it will return. The pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by Mr Klein. It’s not unusual to feel depressed in the days or weeks following surgery. Try to keep in mind that this is normal and will subside as you begin to look and feel better.
Getting Back to Normal After Your Liposuction Surgery
Healing is a gradual process. Mr Klein will probably tell you to start walking around as soon as possible, but to avoid more strenuous activity for two to four weeks. When you resume activity depends on the extent of your procedure, how you feel and what Mr Klein recommends. While most of the swelling and discoloration will be gone a month or two after surgery, some swelling can remain for six months or more. Mr Klein will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress.
Your New Look
Liposuction is a highly effective technique for giving you a new body contour with very little scarring. The results can be permanent, providing you eat sensibly and exercise regularly. If you do gain weight, you’ll probably gain it more uniformly throughout your body, not just in the former “bulges.” Most patients are very satisfied with the results of their liposuction-they feel more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes, and more at ease with their bodies. As long as your expectations are realistic, you should be happy with your new shape.
A. Women may have liposuction performed under their chin, on their hips, thighs, and stomach, and in the under arm and breast area.
B. For men, common sites include under the chin and around the waist. Liposuction may also be used in the reduction of enlarged male breasts, a condition known as Gynecomastia.
C. Healthy, normal-weight people with elastic skin and pockets of excess fat are good candidates for surgery.
D. The best candidates for liposuction are of normal weight with localised areas of excess fat – for example, in the buttocks, hips, and thighs.
E. The surgeon inserts a Cannula through small incisions in the skin. At the other end of the tube is a vacuum-pressure unit that suctions off the fat.
F. A snug compression garment worn after surgery helps reduce swelling.
G. Improvement will become apparent after about six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided.
H. As healing progresses, a more proportional look will emerge.
I. A slimmer body contour can help you feel more comfortable and confident.
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