Liposuction, the technique to remove fat permanently

Written by: Dr. Pedro Fernández Conti
Edited by: Top Doctors®

What exactly is a liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical technique designed to permanently remove fatty deposits located anywhere in the body. It is done through very small incisions that leave scarcely undetectable scars. It is important to emphasize that it is not a technique to lose weight or lose weight, that is what diets are for, but it is a technique to lose volume of a specific area of ​​the body.

What liposuction techniques are there?

Broadly speaking we could consider three types of liposuction; conventional liposuction, ultrasonic and laser-assisted liposuction. The conventional one sucks the fat as it is, while the other 2 techniques deconstruct the fatty tissue before aspirating it. That is a choice of the surgeon depending on what he considers most appropriate for each patient because each technique has its advantages and disadvantages. My opinion, which I think most of my colleagues share, is that the best combination to reduce the chances of complications and increase the chances of a good result is a combination of conventional liposuction with soft aspiration and cannulas of very fine diameter.

How is the procedure performed?

According to the surgeon's choice, a liposuction can be done under general anesthesia, epidural anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. I always perform this procedure with local anesthesia with sedation in a walking way and totally painless. On the one hand I believe that local anesthesia is less traumatic for the patient and on the other hand it is extremely important for me to finish the intervention with the patient standing up and that I can only do with local anesthesia. There is a huge difference between finalizing the final details with the patient lying down or standing up exactly as a holster varies a lot with the person lying down or standing. The fact of being able to do so allows me to achieve the best possible results in each patient.

Are the results of liposuction permanent?

Do not. The results of a liposuction are not permanent because the bodies change as we get older. That is to say, as we go on fulfilling years we are widening, we are losing height, the skin is lowered, etc.. But what is permanent is the benefit of the intervention. That is, for many years that pass, an area in which liposuction has been performed, will preserve much better its volume and appearance than an area where this treatment has not been done. In fact, if a person gains a lot of weight after a liposuction, the best place to go is in the areas where it was previously done. There is also a problem, which is that if we do a liposuction wrong, we will create a permanent defect. If we leave a hole, a depression, and do not make a subsequent treatment, that defect will also persist for life.

How is the post-operative?

The duration and severity of a liposuction post-operative will depend virtually exclusively on the surface of liposuction that we do. The more liposuction, more bruising, more swelling, more discomfort and a longer and more complex post-operative period. In general my patients leave the operating room with a small bandage, which is removed after 2 days, at which point they begin to make an almost normal life, can shower, and put on a fajita or soft compression stockings for 7- 8 days. The results are appreciated very well after one month, they are perfect at 6-8 months and the patient is working on any normal work after the third day.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Pedro Fernández Conti
Plastic surgery

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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