Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that is used to reshape and contour different areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits. This technique removes the excess fat by using suction to draw it out through a hollow tube called a cannula.

WHO IS THIS FOR
  • Adults who have good skin elasticity and muscle tone who are within 30 percent of their ideal weight
  • Healthy people that do not have medical conditions that can interfere with healing
  • Nonsmokers
SUCCESS
  • 90 percent of people who have had liposuction report that the procedure was worth it.
RECOVERY TIME
  • Return to work in two to three days
  • Return to normal activities in two weeks
  • Bruising should be expected to last for a few weeks
TREATMENT DURATION
  • 3 to 7 hours at the center if done near home
  • 2 days in the hospital if done abroad
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Skin dimpling or contouring problems
  • Bruises, soreness, swelling or pain
  • Scars
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS

Costs

Below are starting prices per area for liposuction across several countries.

  • Hungary

    €280
  • Czech Republic

    €510
  • Poland

    €820
HOW DOES IT WORK?

Liposuction is a popular type of cosmetic procedure that is used to remove stubborn pockets of fat that people are unable to get rid of through diet and exercise. It is commonly performed by a plastic surgeon on the face, hips, abdomen, thighs or buttocks to improve their contours. Liposuction may be performed alone or in combination with other procedures such as facelifts or tummy tucks.

What types of liposuction are there?

There are four different types of liposuction people might receive, The different types include tumescent liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction and water-jet assisted liposuction.

The most common type of liposuction is tumescent liposuction. In this procedure, the surgeon injects a solution of saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine in the area from which fat deposits will be suctioned out. The use of this sterile injection makes it easier to suction the fact and decreases pain and blood loss.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is also called UAL liposuction. In this procedure, sound waves are used to rupture the fat cells, which liquefies the fat. This makes it easier to suction the fat out.

In laser-assisted liposuction, the surgeon uses a laser to rupture the fat cells and liquefy the fat. Once the fat is liquefied, it is then removed.

Water-jet assisted liposuction relies on pressurized saline. The saline stream is used to loosen the fat cells instead of rupturing them so that the removal process might be gentler.

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction normally does not require general anesthesia and is performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery itself can last two to three hours, but the time at the center where the procedure is performed may last from three to seven hours. Here are the steps of a liposuction procedure.

liposuction procedure

1. Anesthesia

To perform tumescent liposuction, which is the most common type of liposuction surgical technique that is performed, general anesthesia is normally not needed. People may instead receive a local anesthetic made of lidocaine along with a mild sedative for the removal of fat in targeted locations. The surgeon may use general anesthesia if large amounts of fat will be removed from multiple locations.

2. Placement of the incision

After administering the anesthetic agent, the surgeon will then start the liposuction procedure by making small, discrete incisions at predetermined locations on the body. In most cases, the incision's size will range from 1/4 to 1/3 inch (or 6 to 8 mm). The surgeon will make the incisions in concealed areas or in natural creases so that scarring will be minimal. Surgeons who perform liposuction normally do not make large incisions unless the surgery is completed in combination with other surgeries such as a tummy tuck.

3. Reduction of the fat tissue

After the incisions are made, the surgeon will then use a thin cannula by inserting it through the incision. This is used to remove the unwanted fat from the deeper tissue layers. The doctor will move the cannula back and forth to manipulate and dislodge the fat tissue. After disrupting the fat cells, it is easier to suction and remove them by using a pump or syringe that is attached to the cannula's other end.

4. Assisted techniques

Doctors may use heat-based techniques such as ultrasound- or laser-assisted techniques, or they may use waterjet-assisted techniques to help to perform the liposuction in a less invasive and more precise manner. In these techniques, the controlled heat or pressurized saline stream is used to liquefy the fat cells. These techniques do not require as much physical manipulation by the surgeon of the fat. Before and after the procedure, the patients will be given intravenous fluids to compensate for losses of bodily fluids and blood.

5. Closure of the incisions

Following the removal of the targeted fat deposits, the surgeon will use sutures to close the incisions. Temporary drain tubes may be placed beneath the skin in the incisions to drain excess fluid and to minimize the risk of infection. The sutures and drain tubes will be removed approximately one week to 10 days after the procedure.

6. Post-operative and recovery phases

After surgery, the doctor will give the patient post-operative instructions. People should expect to rest for a couple of days and to wear compression garments for a couple of weeks. They may also be given prescriptions for medications to reduce swelling and pain and antibiotics to prevent infections.

What should people expect from liposuction?

For the first few weeks after receiving liposuction, people should expect to experience some post-operative swelling. Most patients will see approximately 90 percent of the results from their liposuction procedures within about four weeks. Since the fat cells are permanently removed, fat should not return to the treated areas. However, if people gain weight after liposuction, the new fat might be deposited elsewhere in the body.

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