Liposuction is a modern and effective technique for treating fatty deposits located between the skin tissue and the muscles.
Liposuction is a procedure performed to remove excess fatty tissue under the skin by suction. This technique focuses primarily on enhancing and defining the natural shape of the body.
During liposuction, a cannula which is a blunt-tipped steel tube is connected to a suction device to remove fat from the body.
Liposuction is used to treat excess fat in several areas of the body. You can discover the specific interventions of:
When can you consider liposuction?
Liposuction permanently removes localized fat deposits that do not disappear despite diets or sports. It is therefore not only superficial fat under the skin, which is present everywhere on the body, but especially localized fat in the deeper layer of the skin.
You can therefore consider liposuction when:
- You have localized areas of fat deposits that are unsightly compared to the rest of your body;
- You want a better definition of your silhouette;
- Your skin elasticity is sufficient.
What are the benefits of liposuction?
Patients can expect to obtain a real aesthetic benefit from liposuction. It is a safe and effective way to treat excess fat.
The main advantages of liposuction are:
- Immediately eliminates fat
- The silhouette has a more harmonious appearance
- The technique requires small incisions, which result in small scars
- The operation can be done under local anesthesia with sedation, which entails less risk than an operation under general anesthesia.
The disadvantages of liposuction
- Results may be affected by weight gain, aging and pregnancy;
- Liposuction does not improve the appearance of cellulite or loose skin.
If you want to know the best solution in your specific case, a consultation with the Dr Christophe Desouches, cosmetic surgeon from Marseille is required for a balance sheet.
Are you a good candidate for liposuction?
For some people, diet and exercise won't get rid of stubborn fat deposits.
Who are the right candidates to consider liposuction:
- You have little excess skin and good skin elasticity. Loss of skin elasticity with age can compromise the quality of the results of belly liposuction, but if your skin has remained elastic, age alone is not a contraindication for liposuction;
- You have localized excess fat and these lumps do not go away with exercise or diet;
- You are in good physical shape, are not more than 10 kg overweight, and your weight is stable;
- If you plan to lose or gain weight (for example, due to pregnancy or dieting), now is not a good time to consider belly liposuction;
- Keep in mind that liposuction does not remove cellulite and cannot tighten loose skin.
If you are in good general health, with a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are probably a good candidate for this procedure.
How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction removes fat from your body by suction and takes one to two hours. It can be done under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, with an outpatient stay in a clinic.
Dr. Christophe Desouches will select the most suitable method depending on the amount of fat to be removed:
- Liposuction with the traditional method where a fine cannula with a rounded end is connected to a suction system if the quantity of fat to be treated is significant;
- Vibroliposuction or NIL (Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture) which has a vibrating cannula to allow for shorter follow-ups and better results
- Gentle liposuction with a cannula connected to a syringe if the amount of fat is moderate.
What will liposuction scars look like?
- Because the liposuction incisions are 1 to 2mm, the scars are small and very inconspicuous, most often hidden in natural folds;
- Most liposuction scars fade and are barely visible over time. Visible scarring is more common when large cannulas are used and in patients who have dark pigmentation;
- However, the quality of healing depends on genetic factors and it is possible to observe hypertrophic healing in people predisposed to it;
- The scar may rarely be associated with dyschromia, which is a spot on dark (hyperpigmentation) or light (hypopigmented) skin.
Although the scars from the incisions are in most cases permanent, they fade and improve over time. Dr. Christophe Desouches will make every effort to place scars in hidden areas and minimize them, with the aim of achieving the desired result with the most discreet scars possible.
What are the consequences of the liposuction procedure?
Dr. Christophe Desouches will study with you the time needed before you can return to your normal level of sports and social activity.
After surgery, you will receive detailed instructions on your postoperative care, as well as information on:
- The normal symptoms you will experience;
- Signs of possible complications.
Immediately after liposuction.
You wear special compression garments to keep your skin compressed. They usually have to be worn for 6 weeks.
When the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some pain. If the pain is severe or if it takes time to dissipate, talk about it with the medical team taking care of you and powerful analgesics may be administered to you during your hospital stay. You will also notice redness and swelling after the surgery. In some cases, the edema will persist for a few weeks or even one to two months. Dr. Desouches, cosmetic surgeon in Marseille, will tell you if your pain, redness or swelling is normal or if it is a sign of a complication.
Recovery time after liposuction.
It is extremely important that you strictly follow all care instructions given to you. This will include advice on wearing pressure garments, taking antibiotics, and the level of physical activity allowed. Dr. Christophe Desouches, your cosmetic surgeon, will also provide you with detailed instructions on the normal symptoms you will experience and the signs of a possible complication. It is important to know that recovery time varies greatly from person to person.
What are the limits and risks of liposuction?
Complications from liposuction surgery are rare. Your specific risks will be assessed during your consultation with Dr. Christophe Desouches.
All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk.
Some potential complications with all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia;
- Hematoma or seroma (accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin);
- Infection and bleeding;
- Sensitivity disorders
- Hypertrophic or hyperpigmented scars;
- Allergic reactions;
- Unsatisfactory results that may require additional interventions;
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs (phlebitis or pulmonary embolism).
Other risks specific to liposuction are described below:
- Skin irregularities.
You can reduce certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Christophe Desouches, a surgeon in Marseille, both before and after your liposuction.
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