Extraction of unwanted fat deposits to improve the figure.
What is it?
Liposuction, fat suction, or suction lipectomy involves removing unwanted fat deposits from superficial areas of the body, including the chin, neck, and cheeks; upper arms and upper breasts; the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, but rather it is aimed at correcting those regions of the body in which accumulated fat persists that is resistant to diet and exercise.
The ideal candidates to undergo liposuction are those people who have a relatively normal weight but who have accumulations of fat in localized areas. The most important thing to obtain good results is to have firm and elastic skin.
- After surgery, drainage tubes may be placed under the skin for 2 to 3 days to decrease the chance of fluid buildup.
- A girdle, stockings, or elastic bandage will be placed over the treated area to control swelling and bleeding and to help the skin adapt to the new contour. It is usually necessary to wear it for 2 or 3 weeks, and then only during the day for a few more weeks, depending on the instructions of your plastic surgeon.
- Antibiotics may be given to prevent infection.
- The liposuctioned areas will be swollen and bruised and you may have a burning sensation. The pain can be relieved with medication prescribed by your plastic surgeon.
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