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Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, lipectomy, or lipo, is a type of cosmetic surgery that breaks up and "sucks" fat from the body. It is often used on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, calves, and back.
Depending on the type of liposuction you are undergoing, the procedure may be performed as an outpatient procedure at the doctor's office or surgery center, or if large amounts of fat are being removed, the procedure will be done in a hospital and may require an overnight stay.
Before the procedure begins, you will be given anesthesia. Again, depending on the degree of fat being removed and the type of liposuction being performed, anesthesia varies and may only be locally applied or it may require a general application in which case the surgery will be done while you are sleeping.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the liposuction procedure is performed using a suction device attached to a small, stainless steel instrument called a cannula. Through small incisions, the cannula is inserted into fatty areas between skin and muscle where it removes excess fat either using a suction pump or a large syringe. This results in a smoother, improved body contour. The length of the procedure will vary with the amount of fat needing removed.
Under most circumstances, when liposuction is an outpatient procedure, recovery is usually quick. Most people can return to work within a few days and to normal activities within about two weeks. You should expect bruising, swelling and soreness for a least a few weeks.
A surgical fat transfer is cosmetic surgery to move fat from one part of the body to another. It's also known as a 'fat graft' or 'lipo-modelling'. The aim is to remove unwanted fat from one area (such as the tummy or thighs) and use it to smooth or increase the size of another area (such as the breasts or face).
Donor areas for a fat transfer tend to be the hips, abdomen, or even buttocks, and popular fat transfer recipient areas include the cheeks, lips and buttocks. Fat transfers can work to:
Immediately following the procedure, the patient can expect to have bruising and swelling in the areas used to harvest the fat cells. Pain can be managed with medication. Every patient recovers differently from surgery, but most often one can expect to be up and walking a day or two after the procedure. Excess tumescent fluid may also drain from the incision points. Do not be alarmed if the fluid is tinged with blood, as this is completely normal and will cease a few days after surgery.
One of the most important recovery tips regarding Brazilian butt lift surgery is to not sit directly on your buttocks for at least eight weeks after the procedure. Patients are often advised to sleep on their stomach or sides, and if you absolutely do have to sit, it is recommended to use a donut pillow or inflatable pillow. Placing the pillow behind your legs is helpful to avoid putting pressure on the fat graft by raising the buttock. This is very important to achieve long lasting results, as sitting directly on the buttocks can affect blood circulation in the area. Reduced blood circulation could destroy the fat cells transferred to the buttocks, though it should be noted that up to 40% of the transferred fat may not survive, regardless of if a patient has or has not sat down. After the first eight weeks of recovery, it is important to still use a cushion when sitting, and to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time. It is also advised to continue to avoid sleeping on your back for the first eight weeks after your surgery.
Immediately follow the surgery, high impact activities should be avoided, especially any type of bouncing. After one month, light activities, such as fast-paced walking, can be performed. Depending on how well one responds to the procedure, most patients can return to their normal activities six to eight weeks after surgery. After the fat cells have stabilized, more vigorous activities can resume, as they should be able to withstand the impact of fat-burning exercises such as jogging or running. It is important to listen to all of the post-operative instructions provided by your plastic surgeon to help ensure the final results provide you with an aesthetic pleasing contour.
This involves transferring fat from donor areas to the breasts.
After a fat grafting procedure, patients usually go home the same day. Bruising is expected for at least a few weeks, and exercise can resume within around three weeks, or when discomfort resolves. Sutures dissolve on their own, and the postoperative compression garment can be discontinued when the bruising goes away, or per the patient’s individual comfort. Numbness of the area where fat was harvested from is expected for several weeks – and potentially up to a few months – as the sensory nerves to the skin recover, just like other types of surgery.
Following fat grafting, firm areas of swelling called “edema” can persist for several months after surgery, particularly in dependent areas most affected by gravity. At around three months, we can expect to see the final results of the fat grafting – i.e. how much fat survived in the recipient area and the new contour of the donor site. It can take up to a full year for ALL post-surgical swelling to go down in the donor sites. Numbness in the operated area is temporary, and postoperative discomfort is usually minimal.
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