Liposuction is a common procedure giving excellent results if the correct surgical indication has been set.
Numerous other expressions such as liposculpture, lipoaspiration,... basically constitute similar procedures.
It must be stated that this is not a treatment for obesity, but a procedure which has as objective to remove excess adipose tissue in patients whose skin is of good quality, i.e. fatty tissue which can not be shifted through diet or exercise.
This procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic, locoregional anaesthesia or general anesthetic.
The technique consists in the aspiration of fat once a large quantity of fluid, physiologic serum mixed with pain killers and medication to prevent bleeding has been filtered into the relevant area.
This keeps any pain well under control prior to and after the procedure and decreases post-operative bruising.
The procedure may take from 20 mins. to 2 Hrs. depending on the areas and the quality of the tissue.
The patient is required to wear a girdle 24/24 during the first 4 weeks following the procedure and then only during day-time in the 4 subsequent weeks. Sometimes physiotherapy is prescribed to drain oedema.
The result starts to become noticeable 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure.
The final result can be admired 6 to 12 months after the procedure.
The final result may be considered permanent. However, two factors may cause the return of the adipose tissue: weight gain and/or pregnancy.
Depending on the extent of the procedure, the extent of areas to be aspirated and the quantity of adipose tissue, the procedure can, under the most ideal conditions, be performed under local anaesthetic with only one night of hospitalization for observation purposes.
Work incapacitation: 1 to 2 weeks
Patients return for consultation :
- about 4 days after the procedure to change the bandages.
- Afterwards, 6 weeks, the third, sixth and twelfth month following the procedure to check the evolution towards the final result.