Liposuction , which is also known as fat removal, is the surgical vacuuming of the adipose tissue just below the skin surface. It is used for reducing the amount of excess fat that causes discomfort in any part of the body.
Can liposuction be performed to lose weight?
As classical knowledge, this surgery is a correct option to reduce regional excesses, and it is a partially effective method of weight loss. Liposuction should not be considered as an alternative to losing weight. It is a method of removing fat deposits in the limited area that do not respond to diet and exercise.
On the other hand, thanks to the current advanced anesthesia and surgical technologies, Prof. Dr. Murat Turegun frequently performs mega liposuction surgeries up to 14 liters in one session. This amount of liposuction will provide the patient with a slimmer appearance with a 20-25 kg difference.
Who are the most suitable candidates for liposuction?
The most noticeable results are obtained in people with localized excess fat. Slightly overweight patients may benefit more from liposuction ; it is best to be at or near normal weight. The good quality and elasticity of the skin help the loosened skin adapt to its new shape after fat removal.
There is no definite age limit for this procedure; we recommend you consult your surgeon. It is considered appropriate by the surgeon when the patient is also physically healthy, psychologically balanced and realistic in expectations.
Can vacuumed fat be used?
The fat tissue vacuumed during Liposuction can be used for fat injection if necessary. It would be appropriate to consult with the surgeon before this procedure since the fat cells need to undergo certain sterile processes.
What are the conditions for not performing the procedure?
If the patient has had a surgical procedure in the area of liposuction , if there is a blood circulation disorder in that area, or if the patient has lung or heart disease, the surgeon should be informed, and the surgery should be postponed.
Which parts of the body is liposuction performed to?
Liposuction can be performed to many different parts of the body. Unwanted excess fat can be absorbed from areas such as cheeks, chin, neck, upper arms and upper chest in males, abdomen, torso sides, hips, thighs and knees, inner and outer thighs , calves and ankles.
Can the fat under the neck be removed with liposuction?
Yes, it can be removed as a very short and effortless process. If there is excess fat on the skin under the chin, and the skin under the chin is tight, only the vacuuming technique can create a jawline with a more beautiful angle, shape and youthful look. If the neck skin is loose and sagging due to gravity, even if there is excess fat, vacuuming alone may not achieve the desired result. In patients with loose skin, the surgeon may usually recommend a face and neck lift instead of, or in addition to, liposuction with a vacuum.
What are the problems that may occur after liposuction?
The incisions made for surgery are very small. The incisions are half a centimeter long, the remaining scars are small; and they are almost unnoticeable in size. Permanent pigmentation changes (brown spots) may rarely occur if there is bagging or irregularity in the skin or exposure to the sun in the treated area. In the rare case of asymmetry (uneven contour or shape), sometimes a second surgery may be considered necessary.
How much fat can be vacuumed?
If the liposuctionto be performed is not very comprehensive, the amount of fat and fluid to be removed will vary according to the amount that the surgeon will determine based on his experience, taking into account the patient's health status, body area and suitability for the surgical procedure.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia and sedation. The patient will be partially awake; however, no pain will be sensed. If the procedure is planned to be performed in a large area, or if it will be performed in many areas, general anesthesia will be appropriate. In this case, the patient will sleep during the entire procedure.
How long does liposuction take?
The surgery is finalized in 1-2 hours; however, the duration may extend from half an hour to a few hours depending on the size and amount of the vacuumed area.
How is liposuction surgery performed?
To begin the procedure, a very small incision is made to insert small absorbent tubes called “cannulas” into the skin. The other end of the cannula is connected to a powerful suction machine. The surgeon cuts the fat by moving the cannula into the fat layer under the skin and sucks it out. By entering from different points, it is ensured that the surface of the area where the fat is absorbed is more even and smooth. Sometimes it may be necessary to make additional small incisions to remove the appropriate amount of fat.
What will happen after liposuction surgery?
Bleeding and edema are generally prevented by dressing the corset on the vacuumed area. At the same time, it is ensured that the skin is shaped in accordance with the new body lines. The corset also reduces the pain to a certain extent and allows the patient to move more comfortably. According to the view of the surgeon, the corset may need to be worn continuously for a month. After that, it may be recommended to be worn only during the day. Antibiotics are administered against the risk of infection.
Does the fat removed cause weight loss?
The weight loss that will be caused by the vacuumed fats after Liposuctionis not immediately noticeable. The main reason for this is edema and water retention in the area where the procedure is performed.
When can I return to work after liposuction?
Most of the patients can even return to their social life and work within 2-3 days while some of them may experience pain. In fact, when to start work should be considered in line with the recommendations of the surgeon. The scope of the surgery performed and how the patient feels are also important.
When will the healing process be completed?
While most of the swelling and the color changes disappear within 1-2 months after liposuction, it may take up to 6 months for a certain amount of swelling to disappear. During this period, the surgeon monitors the patient's condition and monitors whether additional intervention is required or not.
Will the fat removed by liposuction regained?
The results can be permanent if the patients pay attention to their diet and continue to exercise regularly. If the patient gains weight, the gained weight or fat will not accumulate in the previous plumps; it will be evenly distributed throughout the body. Many patients are satisfied with the results of liposuction; they feel much more comfortable in new and different clothes. As long as they have realistic expectations, they are satisfied with the new image.