Liposuction (vacuum fat removal) is an operation that allows the removal of subcutaneous fat tissues collected in certain areas of the body by means of a vacuum and cannulas (metal pipes). This is not a weight loss surgery, but a surgical method to remove fat accumulations that do not respond to diet and other weight loss methods and to improve body contours. The face, neck, sides of the breasts, arms, abdomen, back, upper legs (thighs) and knees are suitable areas for liposuction. This intervention can also be applied as an adjunct to other aesthetic and plastic surgery operations. For example, liposuction can be applied to reduce the thickness of the area to be stretched before tummy tuck, face lift, leg lift surgery.
The best candidates for this surgery are people who have a normal body weight, but have excess fat in certain areas, have good skin elasticity, and are not very old. The quality and flexibility of the skin is very important for the skin to recover after liposuction. The corsets used after the surgery will also help the body in giving its new shape by contributing to the elasticity of the skin.
The areas to be liposuctioned are marked before the surgery. The entry points of the cannulas are determined. Photos are taken. The operation is performed under local anesthesia with general anesthesia or sedation. The duration of the operation varies according to the dimensions of the area to be liposuctioned. A tight corset is put on immediately after the operation. It is recommended to wear this corset for a month. Dressings are changed two days after surgery. Bathing is allowed. After about ten days, the stitches are removed. In the first, third and sixth months, photographs are taken and compared with the preoperative appearance.
Since liposuction is performed with the help of thin cannulas, there are no obvious scars on the skin. There is no lubrication in the area where liposuction is applied. Light exercises can be done after one week, heavy sports after three weeks. Continuing the exercises after liposuction is important for the results to be permanent.