Liposuction, or simply lipo, is a type of Cosmetic Surgery that removes fat from the human body in an attempt to change its shape. Evidence does not support an effect on weight beyond a couple of months and it does not appear to affect obesity. related problems. In the United States it is the most commonly done cosmetic surgery.
The procedure may be performed under general, regional, or local anesthesia.
Who candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction won’t get rid of cellulite, so if you hoped you’d come out of surgery without any, you’re out of luck.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure, and with it comes risks. So you need to be in good health before you get it. That means you must at least:
- Be within 30% of your ideal weight
- Have firm, elastic skin
- Not smoke
Pre-OP for Liposuction?
- Laboratory tests and EKG (if they are required) must be done from three weeks before surgery
- SURGERY WILL NEED TO BE CANCELLED IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE THAT YOU ARE PREGNANT.
- Do not take any products containing aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication or Vitamin E from two weeks before surgery. Tylenol is acceptable.
- Do not drink alcohol for 1 week before and after surgery
- DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT (This includes water and gum chewing). Surgery may be cancelled if this is not followed.
There are just a few different liposuction techniques. But what they all have in common is the use of a thin tube, called a cannula, connected to a vacuum to suction the fat from your body.
Tumescent liposuction is the most common technique. Your surgeon injects a sterile solution into the area where the fat is to be removed. It consists of saline — which is salt water – along with Lidocaine and epinephrine. The solution makes it easier to suction the fat with less blood loss and pain.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction, or UAL, uses sound waves energy under your skin to rupture the cell walls of the fat. This liquefies the fat so it can be suctioned out.
Laser-assisted liposuction, or SmartLipo, uses a laser to produce a burst of energy to liquefy the fat
Post-OP for Abdominoplasty
- A responsible adult must provide transportation for you after surgery (public transportation is not permissible) and stay with you overnight and the day after your surgery. If you are having several procedures, you may need assistance for 1-2 days following your procedure.
- Avoid making major decisions or participating in activities that require judgment for 24 hours after surgery.
- You must stay within 30 minutes of the office on the first night after surgery. These arrangements must be made BEFORE surgery.
- Do not drive for approximately 5-7 days after surgery or while you are taking pain medication. • You are encouraged to walk around the house on the day of surgery and thereafter. Move/pump your legs frequently while lying down. This also helps in preventing blood clots from developing. Wear your support stockings for 5 days following surgery.
- Resume activities slowly. You may feel tired for the first few days but you should be able to return to normal activities within 1 week.
- Expect to have pain for the first 24 hours. Take your pain medication before your pain becomes severe.
- Complications from anesthesia
- Shock (usually from not getting enough fluid during surgery)
- Fluid accumulation (pockets of fluid forming under the skin)
- Infections (strep, staph)
- Fat embolism (when tiny pieces of fat break away and block blood flow)
- Burns from instruments
- Uneven fat removal
- Reactions to lidocaine
- Change in skin sensation; numbness
- Damage to nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs