The procedure | Liposuction

Liposuction is a very effective way of removing fat from locations where it disturbs the body contour. It can be used to adjust and correct shape if deposits are persisting despite dietary adjustments and regular sports. Most common areas for liposuction are the abdomen, the upper legs (inner and other thighs, around the knees), the love handles and under the chin. However, it is certainly no way to loose weight!

Where will I be operated?

The operation will be performed in the fully equipped operating theatre at the Radetzky villa.

What can I expect of the operation?

Your surgeon will always see you before the operation and will talk you through the steps. Markings will be made on the regions concerned and pictures will be taken for documentation. The operation will be performed under local anaesthetic or under sedation. Via small incisions a local anaesthetic fluid is infiltrated under the skin, which numbs the area completely. Subsequently the fat is removed via suction cannulas. This can be done at almost every location of the body, but most commonly this is done at the abdomen (front or sides), at the upper legs, or under the chin. If reduction of larger quantities is required a general anaesthetic can be considered as well.

What are the risks?

Liposuction is considered to be a low risk procedure. Most common complication is the risk of infection (<1%). It can be dealt with effectively and at limited physical cost by antibiotics if noted at an early stage. Please contact your surgeon if you have any doubt. The second risk is that of irregularities. As liposuction removes the layer of fat between the skin and the underlying muscles, this skin needs to retract and tighten to achieve the best result. The retracting ability of the skin however is not 100% predictable (or 100% correctable). Over and under-correction can also occur, which means that occasionally small secondary adjustments need to be performed. The area treated has to settle down for several months though for the swelling to disappear and healing to calm down. So if indicated, secondary procedures would have to wait until after 6-12 months.

What can I expect after the operation?

When the anaesthetic wears off you may experience some slight discomfort, which however typically disappears after the first few hours. In the first days healing will include some swelling, combined with a tightness of the areas involved in surgery, and (variably) some bruising. Most people describe a feeling of soreness and muscle ache like after a long run during this period. Initially some asymmetry may be present, but this will disappear as swelling subsides and healing occurs. You will be required to wear a compression garment for 6 weeks day and night.

What will the scars be like?

The scars of liposuction will be minimal and in most cases hardly noticeable.

How long before I can resume my normal life?

Most manage to return to light activities in the first few days after surgery, and to return to work within a week (depending on physical requirements). Sports activities can on average be resumed after 6 weeks. Please listen to your body though; pain is a protective mechanism so if certain movements are painful please refrain from doing them.

What is good to know about the long term?

Fat that is removed will not return. When you gain weight though, it will also show in the areas where the liposuction was performed.
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