Liposuction – FAQs
What really is Lipomatic?
Lipomatic is the technique of using the PowerLipo system for better results in liposuction. This system has gained world recognition as a method that offers safe and natural-looking results without any signs of lumpy skin.
Why should you use Lipomatic instead of Ultrasound or Laser Liposuction?
The latest scientific research has revealed that radio frequency (BodyTite), laser (SmartLipo), or ultrasound (VASER) systems don’t produce the best results when it comes to liposuction. On the other hand, these methods do not either produce the skin tightening effective they claim to produce. These methods will break the fat cells which make it easier for the surgeon to remove the fat from your body. But they will not enhance the aesthetic appeal of your body. In fact, beautiful results are due to your skin and the artistry of the surgeon. They don’t come from the tools used for the process. This is why our surgeons prefer to use the Lipomatic technique which allows them to perform the liposculpture technique. Furthermore, studies have revealed that Lipomatic cuts down on surgery time by at least 50% compared to ultrasound based systems as well as 25% compared to laser systems.
Who is the best candidate for liposuction?
Patients who are close to their stable weight and possess localized fat deposits are the best candidates for liposuction. The skin of these patients should be firm as well as have enough elasticity to shrink following the procedure. The patient should also possess good overall health.
How do you prepare for liposuction?
The patient should stop smoking at least before two weeks of the procedure. In fact, smoking can seriously impact your healing process. Avoid taking aspirin or aspirin-related product before a week to the procedure. The surgeon will review your other medications during the initial consultation. You may have to stop certain medications before the surgery.
How long will the procedure last?
Liposuction may take anywhere from one to three hours depending on the area that is involved.
What happens in the operating room?
If you are undergoing tumescent liposuction, a mixture of an anesthetic, sterile saline, and epinephrine is injected under your skin. The surgeon will make several small injections and insert a cannula under the skin to break the fat. The broken fat is then suctioned off. Drains are placed in the incision areas to reduce swelling and fluid buildup. A garment or compression bandage is placed in the area to reduce the swelling.
How long does it take before I can return to work?
Most of the time, a patient may return to work within 2-3 days. But if extensive liposuction was performed, you may have to wait at least for one week.
How long is the recovery time?
It should resolve in about 7-10 days. But the swelling can be present. You may be able to resume mild exercises in about 2 weeks time. Full activity could be resumed in about 4-6 weeks.
Is Liposuction painful?
In fact, the procedure is not that painful. Most of the time, the discomfort is managed by pain medications prescribed by your surgeon.
Will you feel dizzy and weak after liposuction?
When a large amount of fat, between 3-5 liters, is removed, you may feel lightheaded for the first two days of the surgery. You may feel tired and weak for at least a week. Hence, it is better that you take a week off from work.
What is the maximum amount of fat removed in one session?
We limit liposuctions to a maximum of four liters of fat per session. When more fat is removed, the risk of complications is significantly increased. If you have more than four liters of fat to remove, you may require more than one session.
Is it normal to drain fluids after the surgery?
Yes, it is quite normal to have a reddish color fluid drain from the liposuction sites during the first 24-hours of the operation. A saline-based fluid is injected to break the fat and minimize bleeding. Some of this fluid is removed during the procedure. Some fluid is absorbed by the body while some will drain out after the surgery. It may look as if you are bleeding but it is just a normal drainage after the procedure.
Are there any risks associated with the procedure?
As with all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks such as bleeding, swelling, blood clots, and infection. But they are quite rare. We use a state-of-the-art operating suite to perform liposuction. We do everything to minimize te risks associated with the procedure. The surgeon and his team have detailed protocols to follow in order to prevent such complications.