Liposuction is not a weight loss method

Written by: Dr. Ezequiel Rodríguez Rodríguez
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Liposuction is a surgical technique, with minimal scar, for localized fat extraction. In Spanish it should be called liposuction, which would be the most correct name. The term of liposuction enters more into the media and advertising field. As a surgical technique, it must be performed in an operating room .

The technique basically consists of introducing a cannula of a few mm in diameter (3,4,6 mm.) In localized fat deposits, previously treated, and extracting the fat through a vacuum cleaner.. It should be noted that it is not a method of weight loss.


Candidate for liposuction and areas of completion

The ideal candidate is a tall , thin young woman with localized fat accumulation. In general it can be done at any age and type of woman, but the result is better the more elasticity and retraction of the skin, and this happens better in young people.

Fundamentally, it is usually performed in the trochanteric area and iliac crests (holsters), on the inside of knees, in the sacral region ... but it is also not uncommon in the abdomen, chest ( love handles ), neck ( jowls ), ... In general where there is localized fat, I repeat this technique is not a technique of massive weight loss.


Contraindications and results of liposuction

The contraindications are mainly determined by the preoperative study, are of a general nature: anemia etc., and also those patients who expect an unrealistic result or have some expectations do not adjust to reality.

Patients begin to look very good at one month, but up to three months continue with signs of inflammation and there may still be mobilization of fat cells, but when the process is stabilized and the final result is seen at nine months, from that moment when you can make a retouch if you need it.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Ezequiel Rodríguez Rodríguez
Plastic surgery

With more than 35 years of experience, the prestigious expert in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Rodríguez Rodríguez has a wide trajectory especially in the Surgery of Hands. He has been President-elect since 1981 of the Spanish Society of Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery (SECPRE), among other positions, he is also a member of the Spanish Society of Surgery of the Hand. In 1975, he graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Oviedo and specialized in Plastic Surgery at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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