Forty years of hindsight and experience on this particular intervention allowed to assess the effectiveness and quality of results.
Liposuction consists in removing localised excesses of fat that generally do not go away in spite of diet or sport practice.
Several regions of the body can be treated by this procedure. However, this practice should not be taken as a “way of losing weight”, and its aim is not to balance out the weight of the patients.
Liposuction is the suction of excess fat cells while respecting the harmony and morphology of each patient. The methodology consists in inserting round and not sharp cannulas made of foams within micro incisions made in the chosen region. The tip of the cannula is than pierced and connected to a closed circuit in which a negative pressure is generated. Fat cells having no abilities to reproduce themselves, there are no possible recurrences.
Liposuction can be performed on many areas of the body such as the arms, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, abdomen, hips and, of course, to the saddlebags. Technological progress has now broadened its scope of action and liposuction on the neck (double chin) and the oval of the face being now performed.
While liposuction has become a “common" act in the recent years, it still remains a surgical procedure with its own specifications. To rely on a plastic surgeon with the proper skills and specific training to perform such procedures, especially in a surgical environment, is a must.
A consultation with the anesthetist is organised at least two days before the operation. Firstly, a pre-operative check-up is held to look for any contraindication that could be antagonising to the intervention. In order to help the cicatrisation process, it is recommended to quit smoking at the latest one month ahead the operation and not to smoke one month following the procedure.
Local anesthesia is an option when a single and small area is treated. In the case of a more important volume and the treatment of multiple areas, a general anesthesia or rachial anaesthesia are usually preferred.
The volume of fat to be removed also determines the time being spent in the hospital. Which can be of a few hours - for a small operation performed under local anesthesia-, to a couple of days for heavier procedures performed under general anesthesia.
Going back to normal social life and activity is possible after a week generally. In the post-operative period, bruises and swelling may occur in the treated areas, to disappear ten to twenty days after the procedure. A compression hosiery should be worn for fifteen days.tre portée pendant quinze jours.
A healthy lifestyle and a regular physical activity will highly help and increase the resDuring the first three weeks (at minimum), treated areas shall not be exposed to the sun or ultraviolet rays. The result will not be immediately visible as a post-operative aedema (swelling) - which lasts two to three weeks- will appear. The aedema will resorb and the results will start to be noticeable after this period of time. The skin will gradually adapt itself to the new shapes of the body. The oglobal process of retraction of the skin usually takes three to six months.