Liposuction

In professional liposuction, also known as liposuction, fat deposits are removed with fine microcannulas and thus permanently removed. In this way, problem zones in which fat pads protrude can be adapted to the other body contours.

With a liposculpture, certain lines and contours (e.g. venus dimples, champagne channel) can be specifically emphasized. With the smallest skin incisions, which can be hidden in the wrinkle lines of the skin or under a swimsuit, targeted, lasting and visible contour improvements can be achieved. First, fluid is injected into the subcutaneous tissue to loosen the tissue. The excess fatty tissue is then gently removed with a cannula and a vacuum pump.

How can you prepare for liposuction?

  • Liposuction should be performed when the desired weight has been reached.
  • All your questions about possible complications and alternative treatments should be answered in advance.
  • Keep nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum!
  • If necessary, take hormone-containing medication (the pill) temporarily.
  • Blood-thinning medication (e.g. ASS, Thomapyrin®) must be discontinued at least 10 days before the operation after consultation with your doctor.
  • Vitamin preparations (A, E) and food supplements (omega-3 fatty acids, St. John's wort preparations, etc.) must be discontinued at least 4 weeks before the operation.
  • A follow-up cost insurance should be taken out for the performance of aesthetic operations.
  • Operations limit the ability to travel by air. Therefore, do not plan any professional or private air travel during the 6 weeks after the operation.

How is liposuction performed?

  • The procedure takes approx. 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the findings.
  • Small areas can be treated on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia or in twilight sleep.
  • Larger quantities are removed under general anaesthesia. Then inpatient monitoring for 1 to 2 days is recommended.
  • The small punctures are sutured with fine skin threads.

What do you need to keep in mind after liposuction?

  • Postoperative clinical check-ups are recommended on the 3rd postoperative day and after 1, 2, 6 weeks as well as after 6 and 12 months.
  • Showering is possible immediately before the wound check from the 3rd postoperative day.
  • The sutures are drawn between the 10th and 14th postoperative day.
  • Previously fitted compression garments should be worn continuously for 6 weeks.
  • Scar care (scar massage, sun protection, silicone overlay) from the 3rd postoperative week helps to create inconspicuous scars.
  • Sport, saunas, swimming, heavy work and sunbathing should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
  • Consistent sun protection (sun protection factor 50+) for 6 months is recommended.

Author's statement

Author: Stéphane Stahl, MD, PhD. There are no financial relationships with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries that could have influenced the above text. Any reproduction, even partial, is permitted for personal use only. All texts used on this website are protected by copyright.

 

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