As more and more people adopting a healthy lifestyle with aesthetic goals choosing liposuction presents cost-effective path to achieving these goals. A better understanding of this procedure can help patients get better treatments.
What is traditional liposuction?
Liposculpture/liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes the adipose fat tissue just under the skin from places that are hard to get ride off with normal exercise and/or diet.
Where in the body is liposuction performed?
Some common areas of the body where liposuction is performed. Are chin, breasts woman/male, bra strap, muffin top, upper arms, neck, love handles, abdomen or belly, outer thighs and/or saddlebags.
Who are the best candidates for liposuction?
Healthy non smoking individuals close to their goal weight. Ideally patients with subcutaneous adipose fat tissue between muscle and skin. Patients with adipose fat tissue around the abdominal organs need surgeons to evaluate the condition before liposuction. Furthermore patients without loose skin or cellulite are good candidates for liposuction, as loose skin or cellulite can result in uneven skin.
How much adipose fat tissue can be removed?
First of all Liposuction is not a weight-loss treatment, but a adipose fat tissue reduction procedure. The amount of adipose fat tissue that can be removed from a single procedure will vary depending on factors, like the patient’s health and his or her cosmetic goals.
How to prepare?
Plastic Surgeons will provide instructions for the days leading up to liposuction, but in general:
1 Find a friend or family that can help take care of your transportation to the clinic and back home.
2 Some medications like aspirin may need to be paused.
3 Often blood test are done to be sure anaesthesia can be performed.
4 The surgeon could ask you, whether you want to bank your adipose stem cells. To answer his question thoroughly we advise you to read more information about it.
5 On the day of surgery, typically 12 hours before the appointment, no food or drink should be taken. After surgery the patients are often allowed to go home the same day as the surgery.
How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure where they make small incisions in the skin and insert a cannula into the adipose fat tissue pocket. This tool/the cannula is attached to a suction device to extract the adipose fat tissue.
What is the recovery like?
Without complications the patient can return to work in a few days and start exercise, in 2-5 weeks, But recovery is highly depended on the area treated, the amount of adipose fat tissue removed, lifestyle choices, smoking and hydration.
The instructions of the surgeon need to be followed for fast recovery with less pain. In most cases after surgery there will be some swelling, tenderness and bruising in the area of the treatment.
Some instructions of the surgeon could be:
1 The right pain relievers to take.
2 A list of pain relievers to avoid.
3 Which compression garments to use.
4 Recommendations to reduce strain on the target areas.
What sort of scarring is expected after the procedure?
The cannula is a small tool, and because of that, the scars are also small. The number of cannula insertion points needed and the places chosen for the treatment will minimise the appearance of scarring.
What kind of results should a patient expect after the procedure?
With recent technologies the surgeon can show you realistic results. But just after surgery some swelling and loose skin make it difficult to judge, Only after a view weeks or months the results of the surgery will be noticeable.
The adipose fat tissue cells removed during liposuction are permanently removed. It is important to note, that these adipose tissue contain stem cells that could be stored and used in future therapies. However these stem cells inside the body are also the ones that grow into new adipose fat tissue cells, so following a healthy lifestyle and diet, can prevent new fat cells from forming.
Information you need from the surgeon
When choosing a plastic surgeon for liposuction you need to ask a view questions to increase your changes for a successful treatment:
1 Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
Board-certified plastic surgeons have met high standards and have shown to demonstrated knowledge and experience.
2 How many treatment have you performed with liposuction?
Knowing what areas of the body the surgeon has done can help you to understand a surgeon’s skill level.
3 What kinds of results can I expect?
You can ask for before and after photos of similar procedures
4 Do you store stem cells from adipose tissue?
Often they do but if they do not please ask if they are connected to Cellulim the only adipose stem cell bank in the UAE.
5 When to schedule the surgery.
Some surgeons are booked for months, so it is good to plan upfront and take the surgeon’s availability into consideration.
6 What is the scheduling time before surgery?
Some surgeons may be booked out for months.
7 What are the plastic surgery costs and is financing available?
Costs can vary between 8000 AED and 50000 AED depending on the targeted areas. Knowing the costs per area and knowing if financing is available could alter your choices.
8 Can liposuction be combined with other plastic surgeries for better results?
Also ask for the recent technologies and how often they are performed by the surgeon.
9 What kind of follow-up is required after the treatment?
Some treatments require a post-surgery visit to confirm that everything is healing properly.