When is it justified?
One way to remove the hard-to-eliminate excess fat from your belly, thighs, waist, chin, knee or upper arms is liposuction. It is important to note that even when you lose weight, the amount of your adipose tissues does not change, only their volume decreases. However, liposuction removes a part of the tissues themselves. The maximum amount of fat that can be removed on one occasion is 4-4,5 liters. The process on its own only brings visible results if your skin is elastic and tight: if it is not, then removing the excess skin might also be needed. Our plastic surgeon examines you during a preliminary consultation and shows you his reference works to illustrate the expected best outcome.
Before the surgery, you have to undergo a complete and throughout screening. To make the process more comfortable for you, we perform all the necessary screenings at our Institute in the same place and time. Besides laboratory tests, our surgeon might recommend you to have an ECG examination and an ultrasound screening. You also have to have a consultation with the anesthesiologist before the surgery. Your plastic surgeon will also inform you about the advised temporary adjustments in your lifestyle to speed up your recovery.
The course of the intervention
Prior to the intervention, a solution containing anesthetic and styptic materials is injected into the area in question. Then incisions are made and the tubes used from vacuum suction are inserted through them. The surgeon then vacuums the liquefied excess adipose tissues with a smooth back-and-forth movement. In our institute we use the safest PAL method. The intervention takes 1,5 – 2 hours.
Recovery and aftercare
After the intervention you spend one night in our hospital where you can relax in a calm and exclusive environment. In the morning following your liposuction, our specialist puts waterproof bandages over your scars that allow you to have a shower without having to worry about them. You must wear the compress garment we provide you with for 8 weeks. You have to take blood thinning injections for 5-10 days after the intervention in order to prevent the development of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. During the first few days, you might experience weakness and dizziness. As you have lost some blood, it is important to consume foods rich in iron, such as red meat, leguminous vegetables and rye bread. Avoid any strenuous physical activity for the first two weeks, and even after this period, return to your previous lifestyle gradually, but 3 weeks after the surgery you can have some light exercise. It is not recommended to visit a tanning salon or sauna for two months. Your control examinations will be scheduled for the 7th and 14th days after the intervention, and two additional ones during week 6 and 12. Your visible scars will disappear in approximately 6 months, and the skin-deep scars will heal in 2 years.
The risk of complications is very low, but if there is any, it can only be wound infection, whey and blood accumulation or a keloid scar.