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Liposuction

Liposuction helps you break free from local fat deposits and regain your ideal body shape.

  • - It removes local fat deposits and reshapes the body with better proportions.
  • - It is performed under general anaesthesia or sedation.
  • - The operation takes 1 to 1.5 hours on average.
  • - Patients can go home the same day.
  • - Pain is possible and treatable with simple painkillers.
  • - Patients can resume normal life in 2 to 3 days.
  • - A compression garment must be worn for 3 weeks.

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What is liposuction?

Liposuction was one of the first aesthetic surgeries and has been popular for years. This type of surgery is ideal for body shaping and local slimming.

Once a person reaches adolescence, the number of fat cells in their body does not change. When they gain weight, where the fat is stored will depend on the number of fat cells in that area. For example, if a woman has one million fat cells in her hips and the number is reduced to five hundred during surgery, no matter how much she gains weight in the future, the hip contour will not become deformed nor return to the shape she had prior to the operation.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that aims to remove resistant fat tissue that does not respond to diet programs and other weight loss methods. Common areas of the body that respond well to liposuction include tummy, thighs, buttocks, waist and hips.

Liposuction is the extraction of local body fat by vacuuming, using thin cannulas. This process enables the surgeon to reshape the body lines to a more proportionally attractive shape. Liposuction is safely and frequently used on abdomen, hips, legs, knees, sides of the waist, back area, ankles, arms and below the jaw. A normal procedure will take around 1 hour.

This method is also referred in medical literature as body sculpting, body contouring or suction lipectomy. As well as these, other names such as laser lipo, vaser lipo, RF lipo are also frequently used. Although the procedure has different names, actually the application the same - permanent removal of excess fat in certain areas of the body and reshaping the body to the desired form.

Liposuction aims to slim down areas of resistant fat that do not respond to any weight loss methods. Excess fat in areas like waist, hips, and legs are not actually due to being overweight, but is the result of the body shape and fat deposits in these areas.  Liposuction is a great way to instantly achieve a slimmer body shape.

Who is liposuction surgery for?

Liposuction surgery is suitable for anyone who has no serious health issues, who is not pregnant or breastfeeding. It is perfect for people who suffer from stubborn, local fat deposits and cannot slim down despite diet programs and tailored exercise programs.

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There is no age limit in liposuction surgery, but, as age advances, the skin loses its elasticity. In liposuction surgery, best results are achieved on skin which has not yet lost its elasticity. If the skin has lost its elasticity, skin lifting operations may also be needed to obtain the desired result, as well as liposuction.

How is liposuction surgery performed?

Before the liposuction surgery, the doctor marks the areas where the operation will be performed. After that, the patient is given either general anaesthesia or sedation. The procedure is carried out via small incisions of 3 to 4 mm length, enough for fine cannulas to be inserted for the purpose of removing the fat. The amount of fat required for the patient to reach to the ideal shape is removed from the body by aspirating it through the cannulas. The liposuction technique used is determined by analysing the amount of fat and skin elasticity of the patient.

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How long does liposuction surgery last?

Liposuction is applied on one or more areas of the body, according to the needs of the patient. The duration of the operation also depends on the number of areas that the fat will be extracted and the volume of fat to be extracted. It usually takes one to one and a half hours.

What are the advantages of liposuction surgery?

Patients are relieved of their excess fat deposits and reduce the risk of stretchmarks caused by excess weight gain. Liposuction prepares a base to stop the body contour deforming in any possible weight gain situations, allowing the excess weight to distributes evenly throughout the body. Since the 3-4 mm incisions fade in time, no scars are left after the surgery. In the past, liposuction used to be a difficult surgery with problems encountered in the post-operative period. Due to technological and scientific advances, this operation can now be performed easily and the healing process is fast and convenient. Bruises, bleeds, long-term use of compression garments after the surgery are now very minimal.

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When can the patient return to normal life following a liposuction surgery?

After the surgery, minor pain can be felt that can be relieved easily with painkillers. Oedema and bruises will occur in the operated areas after the surgery, and these bruises will take about 2 weeks to heal. It takes 6 to 8 weeks for the swelling to subside and the true results of the operation to appear.

The elastic compression garments that the patients wear after the surgery enables the skin to adapt to its relocation more smoothly. It is recommended that these compression garments are worn for 2 to 3 weeks on average. Contrary to what is feared, liposuction is a very comfortable operation in the healing process after the operation. Usually within a few hours after the operation, the patient can go home and easily return to all their daily activities within 1 to 2 days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main factors to be considered before a liposuction surgery?

There are no specific issues to consider before a liposuction surgery. There are no medications or special diets to follow. As with all surgical procedures generally, patients should abstain from using blood thinners, limit drinking alcohol and smoking as much as possible and ideally, stop altogether in the last couple of days before the surgery.

Who should not have a liposuction surgery?

Liposuction surgery is not recommended for people with diabetes, severe heart and lung problems, and circulatory problems. It may also be risky for those who have had surgery in the past close the area where the procedure is going to be performed.

What are the factors to be considered after a liposuction surgery?

The special compression garment given to the patient after liposuction should be worn for 2 to 3 weeks. There is no serious feeling of pain after the surgery, but any minor pain can be relieved with mild painkillers. In this surgery, the patient’s social life is not affected and the patient can return to work in a couple of days. After one week, it is even possible to start light exercise.

Are there any risks in repeating liposuction surgeries?

There are no risks in repeating liposuction surgery but given the results are permanent even if the patient gains weight, the excess weight will distribute evenly and the operated area will never need to have a re-operation.

Are the results of a liposuction surgery permanent?

In liposuction operations, the fat cells are permanently removed from the body. If the operation is performed after a correct diagnosis, a correct examination and a correct technique, the result is permanent. The shape of the body will stay the same if weight is gained and in the areas where liposuction is applied, the fat deposits will be at minimal level and evenly distributed.

Can liposuction surgery be performed simultaneously with different operations?

There are no problems in combining liposuction surgery with other operations. The right options will be decided between the doctor and patient during consultation.

Is liposuction surgery a painful operation? Are there scars?

Contrary to common assumption, liposuction is a painless procedure. Since the entrance points are applied with fine cannulas, only tiny incisions form in the operated area and pain that can be felt by the patient - which can be relieved easily with simple painkillers. Since the incisions are tiny, no scars are left afterwards.

Can liposuction operation be performed in summer?

Liposuction can be performed in any season. However, the usage of the compression garments after the surgery may be uncomfortable for patients who need to be outdoors in extreme hot weather. If the healing period can be spent in a cool environment, there are no issues to consider. Swimming in the sea or a pool is not a problem after liposuction surgery.

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