Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that involves having your excess fat suctioned out of the body. Liposuction can be used to target one area or even multiple areas of the body in one sitting. During this procedure, small incisions are made in the area or areas targeted, wherein localized fat deposits will be removed using a cannula attached to a surgical vacuum. Nowadays, Liposuction is probably the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure, both in the United States and worldwide. This plastic surgery procedure has been performed for many decades now. Because of this, it is deemed as a safe intervention with a short recovery period and at the same time delivers impressive results. Unlike before, people from all economic and social backgrounds can now afford a liposuction intervention. How long do you need to stay in the medical facility after liposuction? As a minimally invasive procedure, liposuction doesn’t require overnight stay in the facility. Liposuction is usually performed on an outpatient basis. However, for cases with large volume fat extraction of as much as 5 liters of fat, we recommend that the patient stay in the facility for 12-24 hours to allow the medical staff to monitor general condition after lipo. Common areas where liposuction is performed The areas most frequently targeted with liposuction are the abdomen, hips and thighs. However, as we will discover later on, there are multiple areas of the body that we can treat with liposuction, some of them surprising for someone who doesn’t know a lot about the procedure. How is liposuction performed? Usually, liposuction is performed under local anesthesia and with a tumescent solution. However, when several areas are targeted, general anesthesia is recommended for the comfort of the patient. Small incisions are performed in areas where they can be easily concealed by the folds of the body. Specific instruments like thin, hallow-tubed cannulas will be inserted through the tiny incisions. The layer of fat is first turned into fluids by injecting a blend of substances known as the tumescent solution. The surgeon will perform back and forth movements to dislodge the fat, which is then suctioned out using the vacuum machine that is attached to the cannula. How long does liposuction last? The intervention usually lasts no longer than one hour, but when multiple areas are addressed, it can take longer. How does the patient feel after liposuction? Most patients will be encouraged to start moving shortly after the anesthetic effect is gone. Nevertheless, for patients who had a larger amount of fat extracted, the plastic surgeon will make the appropriate recommendations. Another good thing about this procedure is that the level of pain and discomfort after liposuction are easily manageable with pain medication. Post- operative recommendations after liposuction A special bandage, applied tightly to the skin, will protect the area that was subjected to liposuction. This special bandage performs a necessary role of setting the new contour as well as prevent blood and other fluids from accumulating under the skin. The girdle needs to be worn nonstop for at least two weeks after the surgical procedure. Intense physical activities are discouraged for the first month after the surgery. In most cases, the downtime after liposuction is much shorter than what the patients expect. We had patients going directly to the shopping mall to spend some time with friends from the medical facility where the procedure was performed. Staying in bed all day long after liposuction is not recommended as this can actually prolong the healing process and not shorten it. More than this, the metabolism needs to start functioning properly as soon as possible after the intervention and moving around can help with this. Top 5 areas of the body you didn’t know you can sculpt with liposuction Most people know that liposuction can offer impressive results in sculpting the abdomen and flanks, as well as the buttocks, hips and thighs, but liposuction can do much more than this. Liposuction targets specific fat pockets that are localized in certain areas of the body. While liposuction is not the right procedure for you if you have fat pockets all over your body, it can successfully correct imperfections and eliminate fats from other areas such as the following: 1. Face and neck Liposuction performed on the chin is one of the most commonly performed procedures. In most cases, it is the plastic surgeon that recommends it since the fat harvested from this liposuction can be processed and used for corrective interventions in the face, such as filling the wrinkles. 2. Calves Calve implants are increasing in popularity among patients who are not happy about their thick calves or “cankles”. Liposuction can be performed on the calves to create a better shape and make the leg look slimmer. 3. Knees There are many women who have a petite body frame, with beautiful legs but with unsightly fat pockets around and behind the knees. These fat deposits mar the overall beauty of the leg and can be very difficult to target with sports and diets. This is why liposuction on the knees is in high demand these days. 4. Lower and upper back Usually this type of liposuction is recommended after a breast or buttocks augmentation, to emphasize and accentuate the results even more. When we get rid of the excess fats in the back of the torso, the breasts will look bigger and it can make the buttocks look shapelier and curvier. We can also eliminate the awful bulges along the bra lines. 5. Arms For people with a good skin condition, liposuction on the arms can be a good solution to create tighter, toned and more youthful looking arms. The fat tissue on the arms is difficult to remove, but liposuction offers a viable and long lasting solution. Perchance, you might have already tried to get rid of certain fat deposits localized in various areas of your body through vigorous exercise and different diets with very little success. The truth is, localized fat deposits can be very resistant to these types of approach. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask for help from a plastic surgeon. Here are a few things you should be aware of before scheduling your liposuction intervention: – Liposuction is not a weight loss method. If your goal is to lose weight, you should try other methods such as bariatric surgery, exercise programs and diets. Liposuction is for people within normal weight and is an effective plastic surgery technique designed to improve the shape and contour of certain areas of the body that are resistant to exercise or diet. – Liposuction is not recommended for people who are not in a good physical and emotional condition. – Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure. However, it still entails certain risks and complications that the patient should thoroughly discuss with the plastic surgeon before scheduling the procedure. – Liposuction is a safe plastic surgery intervention, mostly due to the small size of the incisions performed. – The fat cells extracted during liposuction will not find its way back into the body. However, if the patient puts on more weight, the body can create more fat cells in other areas and, eventually if the weight gain is excessive, also the areas treated by liposuction What liposuction procedure should I choose? The procedure that best fit your needs will be determined by a combination of factors: the exact area targeted by the procedure, the quantity of fat to be removed, the total weight of the patient, the skin consistency and muscular tonus, the type of fat deposits distribution, medical history, as well as eating habits and weight fluctuations. The treatment option will be chosen together with the plastic surgeon as he is the only one able to make proper recommendations. Conclusion Liposuction is a commonly performed, routine procedure nowadays. There are plastic surgeons who perform it on a daily basis and also patients who had undergone more than one session of liposuction in a continuing attempt to sculpt their body into the shape of their dreams. Liposuction is a viable option when it comes to getting rid of localized fat deposits from all areas of the body. The most frequently treated areas are the abdomen, buttocks, thighs and hips. However, we can achieve spectacular results when performing liposuction in other areas of the body such as the face and neck, upper and lower back, calves, knees and arms. A prerequisite for liposuction in any area is good skin elasticity. Poor skin elasticity can lead to post-surgical issues such as contour irregularities. Skin with elasticity issues may not retract properly and naturally to the new contours of the body. If the skin condition of the patient was not properly assessed prior surgery, sagging skin can occur and undergoing other plastic surgery procedures might be needed to correct it.