What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms or neck. Liposuction also shapes (contours) these areas. Other names for liposuction include lipoplasty and body contouring.
Liposuction isn’t typically considered an overall weight-loss method or a weight-loss alternative. If you’re overweight, you’re likely to lose more weight through diet and exercise or through bariatric procedures — such as gastric bypass surgery — than you would with liposuction.
You may be a candidate for liposuction if you have too much body fat in specific spots but otherwise have a stable body weight.
- Recovery: 3–5 days
- Removal of stitches: 7 days
- Suspend the use of anti-coagulants (if taken) 1 week preoperatively.
- Avoid exertional activity or use of the abdomen for 1 week postoperatively.
- Wear an abdominal compression garment for 3 months postoperatively to prevent skin looseness.
- Undertake diet control or weight loss for 6 months postoperatively to obtain better results.
- Control weight increase for a long time after the operation to avoid the recurrence of obesity.
- Patients with abdominal fat thicker than 1.5 cm
- Those with a rotund waist and abdomen or pail-shaped waist
- Male patients with a beer belly
- Patients with uneven fat deposits due to obesity or recurrent obesity
- Those with an uneven abdomen due to prior liposuction
- Uneven skin
- Abdominal laxity
- Skin numbness
- Pigmentation (temporary)