Liposuction cannot be seen as a slimming method, but is a very effective treatment for reducing limited and disproportionate fat accumulations. Liposuction results in the removal of a certain proportion of fat cells in the treated area. The effect is thus permanent. If you gain weight, you will also put on weight in the treated area, but to a lesser extent than before the treatment.
Those who are best suited for this type of operation are of normal weight with localized fat accumulations and who have firm, elastic skin. Liposuction uses the skin’s ability to contract. If you have firm, tight skin, it will usually contract afterwards. If the skin is initially loose, it will usually become looser after the operation and it may be necessary to remove skin.
The areas of the body that are best suited for liposuction are:
It is important that you are well prepared for the operation. Your weight must be as close to a normal BMI of 25 as possible and not exceed a BMI of 30. Smoking is the main cause of complications such as infection, and you must therefore stop smoking at least 4 weeks before the operation and must not start again at the earliest 4 weeks after the operation.
Different kinds of medicine can affect the operation and especially cause bleeding problems. You will therefore, in connection with the preliminary examination, talk to the specialist about how you should deal with the medication you may be taking.
The purpose of liposuction is to get a smoother, prettier figure, not to lose weight. You will therefore not lose weight afterwards, only the amount of fat that is removed.
A BMI of over 30 dramatically increases the possibility of complications. It is also a clear advantage that the liposuction is done when you have reached your comfortable weight. If you lose a lot of weight after the operation, another operation may be needed later.
Pain is individual from person to person, most people do not have a lot of pain, but you will feel a little bruised and have a little swelling in the treated area. This decreases during the first week.
Fat cells that are removed by liposuction are gone for the rest of your life. During a liposuction, however, not all the fat cells in the treatment area are removed, and those that remain will be able to increase somewhat in size if you gain a lot of weight. Nevertheless, if you later gain some weight, most of the fat will settle in places other than where the liposuction was performed. This can make the weight gain more proportional.
After the operation, you will receive a compression garment from us. The garment must be worn for a total of 6 weeks (2 weeks day and night, then for 4 weeks during the day), and is part of the treatment. The exception is for chin liposuction, in which case it should only be used for 1 – 2 weeks.
It depends on the job you have. If you have a sedentary job, you can be back the next day. If you have a physically demanding job, you will probably want to be at home for 2-7 days afterwards, depending on how large areas of the body have been treated. In any case, it is important to take it easy the first few days.
Immediately after a liposuction, you will clearly see that the fat has been removed. A few days later, the treated area will swell somewhat, and you can sometimes see a bluish discoloration of the skin. This is completely normal and will subside after a few weeks. A final result of the liposuction is only visible after 3-6 months. In rare cases, it may take several months before the swelling has completely subsided and the skin has contracted completely.
Exercise such as cycling and swimming can be started carefully after 4 weeks. More advanced training, such as running and weight training, can be resumed gradually after 6 weeks. In the event of pain or discomfort, exercise must be postponed further, listen to your body.
A combination of liposuction and other surgeries is very common, and usually gives better results. This applies in particular to abdominoplasty, breast reduction, thigh lift and arms lift.