Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure for people who are struggling to shift stubborn weight. Most people have areas of the body where they gather fat that can’t be lost with conventional methods and sometimes diet and exercise just cannot give us the figure we desire. Liposuction or ‘lipo’ is a way to attain your perfect shape on any area of your body.
Qunomedical will walk you through the procedure, prices, and the best clinics at home and abroad for liposuction surgery.
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Diagram showing areas where liposuction can be performed and how the procedure works.
Diagram showing areas where liposuction can be performed and how the procedure works.
WHO IS THIS FOR
Liposuction is most successful if you have good skin elasticity, muscle tone, and are within 30% of your ideal weight.
Healthy people that do not have medical conditions that can interfere with healing.
Liposuction is more successful for nonsmokers.
90% of people who have had liposuction report that the procedure was worth it.
You can return to work after 2-3 days.
You can return to normal activities after 2 weeks.
Bruising should be expected to last for a few weeks after liposuction.
If liposuction is performed at a local clinic, you will be there for 3-7 hours.
If you get liposuction abroad, you will stay in the clinic for up to one night. You will need to be abroad for 4 -6 days.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
Skin dimpling or contouring problems
Bruises, soreness, swelling or pain
Changes in skin sensation
How Much Is Liposuction Surgery?
The cost of a liposuction depends on what liposuction technique you choose, where you choose to be treated and if it needs to be combined with other treatments.
The pricing differential depends on many factors, such as cost of living, exchange rates, or practicing costs, which may differ greatly from country to country.
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How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction surgery has become increasingly popular in the past few years. This is due to its high success rate and the cost of liposuction abroad and at home becoming more affordable. Common areas are 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. But, what is liposuction? And how does it work? We answer all your questions below.
What Are The Different Types of Liposuction Surgeries?
There are lots of different types of liposuction surgery. The different types include tumescent, ultrasound-assisted, laser-assisted, and water-jet assisted. If you’re not sure which liposuction procedure is best for you, that’s where Qunomedical comes in. Our Patient Managers will discuss the different options with you and advise you on the best doctors and specialists to help you with your decision.
The most common type of liposuction is tumescent. 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 fat and decreases pain and blood loss.
In this treatment style, the surgeon uses a laser to rupture the fat cells and liquefy the fat. Once the fat is liquefied, it is then removed.
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.
Liposuction - Simplified
Liposuction surgery or ‘lipo’ is simply the removal of fat from different areas of the body. Liposuction is a relatively simple procedure and normally doesn’t require general anesthesia. It can be performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia and sedation. The surgery itself can last two to three hours, depending on the amount of fat being removed. If you decide to have liposuction abroad, you’ll often need to stay at the clinic or hospital for one night.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Liposuction
To perform tumescent liposuction, which is the most common type of liposuction surgery, general anesthesia is normally not needed. You 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 inserts a thin cannula through the incision. This is used to remove 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’s easier to suction and remove them by using a pump or syringe that is attached to the cannula's other end.
4. Assisted Techniques
Depending on the type of liposuction surgery that you choose, your doctor might use a variety of techniques. These include heat-based techniques such as ultrasound or laser-assisted techniques, or they may use water jet-assisted techniques for a less invasive and more precise treatment. In these techniques, the controlled heat or pressurized saline stream is used to liquefy the fat cells. These techniques don’t require as much physical manipulation of the fat by the surgeon. 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. If the sutures used are absorbable, then you won’t have to return to the clinic to have them removed.
6. Post-Operative and Recovery Phases
After your liposuction surgery, the doctor will give you post-operative instructions. You should expect to rest for a couple of days and to wear compression garments for a few weeks. You may also be given prescriptions for medications to reduce swelling and pain, as well as antibiotics to prevent infections.
What Should I Expect From Liposuction?
For the first few weeks after having liposuction, you should expect to experience some post-operative swelling. Most patients will see approximately 90% 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 you gain weight after lipo, the new fat might be deposited elsewhere in the body.
Why Choose Qunomedical?
At Qunomedical, we always puts the needs of patients first. Founded by doctors in 2015, we passionately believe that healthcare should be easily and readily accessible to all, regardless of background. Whether you’re just looking for some information about liposuction surgery, or you’re ready to book the treatment, Qunomedical is here to help!
We offer a 100% free, non-binding assessment. Our team of Patient Managers are ready to listen to your needs, priorities and concerns. Should you be interested in moving to the next step, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan for you, and help you to find your ideal clinic. All of our physicians are professionally and thoroughly vetted, allowing you to choose from the best liposuction doctors, at home or abroad.
(16 Reviews In All Countries)
Jenna F., United Kingdom
March 20, 2020
DR Anı you have cahnged my life I can proudly say after giving birth my body was not the same but with some lipo and a little touch here and a little touch there I am feeling great about my Mummy Make Over.
When asked If I could write a review about my treatment and my journey in Istanbul I said sure. I am a mother of 2 and have wanted to have surgery for years but just could not decide on where to have it. A friend recommended Dr Anı and was she right.. DR Anı you have cahnged my life I can proudly say after giving birth my body was not the same but with some lipo and a little touch here and a little touch there I am feeling great about my Mummy Make Over. The hospital GOP was very clean the nurse... Show more
Reem A., Qatar
December 10, 2019
I left the clinic with full satisfaction and happiness.
I left the clinic with full satisfaction and happiness. I was very happy with Dr. Ilkay and all the staff.
December 10, 2019
I have been very satisfied with their clinic, with my treatment and with the attention I have received.
Hello, everyone. I have been very satisfied with their clinic, with my treatment and with the attention I have received. I would like to thank Göksel for this, above all I would like to thank Göksel who accompanied me super nice and cared for me during my whole stay. Thank you, LG.
Katie, United Kingdom
October 18, 2019
Everything was explained throughly plenty of times. After the procedure i spent a peaceful night in the hospital and the staff were happy to help as and when i needed it.
I was a little nervous about the whole procedure as i was going alone. I was picked up from the airport by 2 gentlemen in a comfortable car and was taken to my hotel. On the journey i was spoken to by my representative and everything was explained. I was put at ease and enjoyed the relaxing evening in a lovely hotel. The next morning i was picked up again and taken to the hospital. I was a little bit apprehensive about the language barrier but my rep was fluent in both turkish and English and pu... Show more
February 15, 2019
Thank you so much to all.
Reyap Hospital is High quality, Hygienic, very friendly environment. Thank you so much to all.
February 12, 2019
Thanks lots Medilife
I am very pleased with my surgery results from now. The Crew were amazing and the hospital was also very nice. I could not imagine going anywhere else for surgery. Thanks lots Medilife
November 26, 2018
Dr. Eyüboğlu was the right doctor for me
I would like to thank the doctor who is always ready there for me with a beautiful smile. I liked him so much. Thanks to God that I was operated by you. Many thanks for your interest and concern; I wish you continued success.
November 26, 2018
I thank Dr. Atilla Adnan Eyüboğlu from the bottom of my heart
I have received an excellent service from him.
Khalid, South Africa
June 20, 2018
Very friendly and very professional that's how I would like to describe my experience in this treatment journey to Turkey. My experience with Qunomedical is excellent.
I was picked up from the airport to the 5 stars hotel. Then next morning from the hotel to the hospital for the consultation and admission. The coordinator was also a translator and she was at a very high level of professionalism. She was with me through all the stages till the Operating Room. The Doctor was excellent both in knowledge and practice. She elaborated in details everything to expect from the start till the end of the vaser liposuction procedure. Personality was awesome for all of th... Show more
September 13, 2017
The preliminary interview with the surgeon was excellent and detailed. The difficulty I experienced was with the lack of adequate pain relief.
The preliminary interview with the surgeon was excellent and detailed. The hospital facilities were clean but very basic and no frills. The difficulty I experienced was with the lack of adequate pain relief. In Australia I would have had 3 days of strong pain relief but here I had only one. On the second day following major surgery I was offered panadol. The communication with Qunomedical was often slow due to difficulties with obtaining information in Thailand I suspect.