What is liposuction?
Liposuction is intended to remove localized fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. With women, this so-called stacking fat is mainly fixed around the hips, thighs (cellulitis), abdomen and upper arms. With men, this happens around the loins, abdomen, stomach and neck region. Even knees, face, ankles, back and buttocks are places where accumulated fat can be difficult to remove.
How does liposuction work?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which body fat is removed by sucking fat cells out of the body using a narrow cannula (stainless steel tube) connected to an aspirator (medical suction system).
The PAL system “power assisted liposuction” gently removes fat without damaging underlying tissue. Because the surgeon performs the treatment with less physical effort, he can apply improved precision. The chance of asymmetry is small.
Following your first consultation with your plastic surgeon, you have a meeting with your consultant. The purpose of this conversation is to inform you about the general course of events that must be arranged around your liposuction.
The plastic surgeon then also checks whether you are a suitable candidate for liposuction. The surgeon will ask about your health, medical background and any medication. If your blood-thinning medication is used, you must stop at least one week before treatment.
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When am I suitable for liposuction?
Liposuction surgery can be used to treat excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddle bags, thighs, calves, ankles, back, arms, neck and breasts (including male gynecomies or breast reduction). Liposuction is equally effective in men and women.
Your doctor is best suited to determine whether you are a candidate for Power Assisted Liposuction.
But there are a few clues that can help you decide:
- You have “fat that can withstand diets” and does not disappear with diet or exercise.
- You have fat accumulation that are disproportionate to the rest of your body.
- You have fat deposits in areas with minimal amounts of excess skin and good skin elasticity
PAL can be performed as part of a tummy tuck procedure (tummy tuck) or a panniculectomy procedure (removal of drooping fat and skin, usually after massive weight loss or bariatric surgery).
Strength-supported liposuction can be performed in overweight patients who want to remove large amounts of fat or in patients who are simply looking for definition, contours and body compression.
For patients looking for body contours and definition, PAL is used to remove the thin subcutaneous fat layer. Your surgeon can use PAL to perform demanding body scrambling on many parts of the body. PAL allows the surgeon to exert precise control, which can lead to better results.
What are the benefits of liposuction with the PAL-system?
Less bruising, swelling and trauma
Improved precision of surgeon for body sculpting and contouring
Increased patient comfort and improved safety
Larger cell viability for autologous fat transplantation and reinjection
The healing process is faster because the connective tissue is not destroyed. Studies show that PAL produces high levels of adipose tissue-derived stem cells that are promising for a variety of medical therapies. PAL is not based on heat, so patient burns are not a concern.
What can I expect after liposuction?
With a liposuction treatment under local anesthesia, you may go home half an hour after the procedure. In case of a liposuction treatment under general anesthesia (anesthesia) you usually stay in the clinic for another three to four hours after treatment. After the treatment, you enter the recovery room where, among other things, blood pressure and heart rate are monitored. You will be there for about half an hour, after which you will spend three or four hours in a bed on the day treatment. You can only go home if the nurse and the anesthetist feel it is justified. You should take it easy in the first few days after the operation. In a treatment under anesthesia, you start at home with easily digestible food such as water, tea and rusks. Try to avoid nausea and vomiting. This reduces the chance of after-bleeding and / or damaging of the wound. It is important to drink a lot.
Most patients will use painkillers for one or two weeks, but patients should consult their doctor before taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. You can expect swelling and bruising to disappear in the course of a few weeks.
Some surgeons leave the small incision sites to allow drainage. Other surgeons attach the small incision with a single stitch. In both cases, some blood will leak from the wound holes. You must therefore use absorbent pads and a compression garment after the operation. The small incisions will heal and fade for several months, and are usually barely visible.
Some patients will return to work within a few days; but for most patients full activities can be resumed after a few weeks. Swelling usually disappears after four weeks, but it is important to note that the final results of your lipoplasty will not be completely clear for a few months.
A supply of oxygen-rich blood is very important in order to have a wound healed as nicely, quickly and as well as possible. That is why we recommend that anyone who carries out an operation in our practice should not smoke before the operation. The nicotine contained in cigarettes narrows the blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the wound. In addition, the smoke of tobacco contains carbon monoxide which causes the oxygen in the blood to be displaced. Finally, smoking also reduces your condition and weakens the immune system. All these factors cause complications in wound healing to occur more often in smokers than in non-smokers. It is recommended to stop smoking at least four weeks before an operation and to keep it for up to two weeks after treatment.