What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. This procedure can be done on the hips, belly, abdomen, waist, thighs, back, buttocks, arms, and double chin to improve their shape and have better contours. Liposuction can be done along with other plastic surgeries such as facelift, tummy tuck, etc.
Liposuction is not a proper option for treating obesity and cannot replace diet or exercise. It is also not effective on cellulite treatment, stretch marks, or loose saggy skin. Liposuction is a highly individualized procedure that you should not do for someone else’s desire but for your own satisfaction.
Why do People Undergo it?
Some people follow a diet and exercise regularly to remove the unwanted fat from specific body areas but still they do not get the desired outcome. Liposuction can treat specific body parts, such as the abdomen, upper arms, hips, thighs, neck, etc. Liposuction can also be used for breast reduction or gynecomastia. Liposuction decreases the number of fat cells in specific areas of the body. The result of liposuction is generally permanent if you have a stable weight.
After the procedure, the skin adjusts itself to the new contours. If you have good skin elasticity, the skin would adjust quickly and appear smooth and firm. If your skin does not have enough elasticity, you may need to ask a plastic surgeon to treat loose areas. For being a proper candidate, you must be in good health condition to prevent facing a problem during the procedure. The dangerous health conditions that can make the surgery complicated are restricted blood flow, coronary artery disease, diabetes, or a weak immune system.
The liposuction procedure includes some steps, which are described below:
Before starting liposuction, your doctor will use some sort of sedation for your comfort during the procedure. General anesthesia, local anesthesia, or intravenous sedation are used according to the treated area and the surgeon’s opinion.
Liposuction is performed by making small incisions around the fat deposits on the skin where the area is going to be treated.
During the procedure
Your surgeon inserts a thin tube called a cannula into the incisions. The cannula loosens the excess fat deposits using a controlled back and forth motion. Then the dislodged fat will be suctioned out of the body via a surgical vacuum or syringe that is attached to the cannula.
Some surgeons inject a type of solution into the treating area, which is known as a wet technique while others may use dry liposuction. You may have multiple areas to be treated at the same procedure. Finally, the incisions will be sewed up via stitches. This procedure may last one or two hours depending on the treating area and the amount of fat that is being removed.
After the procedure
You should expect some pain, bruising, and swelling after the procedure. The surgeon will prescribe some type of painkillers to control the pain and uncomfortable feelings and also antibiotics to prevent the risk of infection. After the procedure, your surgeon places temporary drains to remove the fluid from the body.
In addition, you need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. A compression garment helps control the fluid accumulation and reduces swelling. You may need to wait and rest at home before you want to return to work and resume your normal activities. You could experience some contour irregularities during this period while the remaining fat settles into its right position.
Within a few weeks, your body contours will be improved once the swelling and fluid retention subside. The treated areas start to look less bulky and in several months, the treated areas will have a slimmer look. By aging, it is natural that skin loses its firmness to some extent; but the liposuction results are permanent as long as you keep your weight stable.
Is It Normal to Have Lumps after Liposuction?
People turn to liposuction to achieve the ideal body shape, remove stubborn fat deposits, and get the desired body curvatures. However, you may experience lumps on the treated areas of your body after liposuction. Nevertheless, are these lumps normal?
The good news is the post-liposuction lumps are normal. When you undergo a liposuction procedure, your surgeon uses a narrow cannula to remove unwanted fats. The cannula creates tunnels under the skin, which will be filled with fluid after the liposuction procedure. The fluid accumulation causes swelling in addition to areas that may feel lumpy.
The hollow tunnels gradually disappear with the help of a compressed garment since it presses the skin and helps it fit the underlying musculature In addition, blood can accumulate under the skin causing small hematomas. Although they can all cause lumps, they will not remain forever and will disappear when the blood is absorbed (in some cases it can be surgically removed).
The other reason for liposuction lumps is residual fat that remains after liposuction and slowly settles down. The surgeon’s lack of skill can increase the risk of developing lumps in the treated area. But you do not need to be worried about the surgeon’s skill since TebMedTourism offers the top plastic surgeons of Iran to its clients. Therefore, you will be instructed about all the required attempts to control and avoid dimpling and lumpiness as much as possible.
How to Get Rid of Lumps after Liposuction?
Experiencing some lumps and dimples is a normal part of the recovery process, which will be resolved in most cases gradually. After liposuction, some people experience uneven skin. These lumps are more common in larger areas such as the stomach, back, and thighs.
Although some irregularities can be felt for some period (about 2 weeks which in some cases it can last for a few months), the final result is often smooth. Lumps after liposuction are more common in older people or those who have poor skin elasticity. Those patients who have stretch marks on their skin are more prone to post-liposuction irregularities.
The new advances in medical technologies have made fat removal services more effective and safer. Nevertheless, some patients say that not only they do not see any noticeable difference after the surgery, but also they see some irregularities or lumps in the treated areas. In order to know liposuction surgery better, you should be well informed about the potential complications of this procedure and be prepared for them. Although excess fat will be removed from the body by liposuction, you may not see the outcome right after the surgery.
There are some ways to help the lumps go away quickly and the skin gets smooth, including:
- Laser for skin tightening
- Radiofrequency therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
Skin tightening laser is a non-invasive treatment that tightens skin, using infrared light and causes skin contraction by heating the collagen, which exists under the skin. In case you still see lumps after 3-4 months, you should see a specialist since it might be due to necrosis (fat death). Your specialist may ask you to have an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound to see if the lumps are caused because of fat necrosis or not. If fat necrosis is the problem, it can get better over time or it can be treated via needle aspiration or surgical lump removal.
When do Post-liposuction Lumps Go away?
After liposuction, the lumps may feel hard for 2 to 3 weeks. The good news is they all go away eventually and the skin returns to its normal shape after 2 to 4 months. After liposuction, you can observe the changes in 3 to 4 weeks. At this point, about 60 to 70% of the edema has gone away.
How to Avoid Lumps after Liposuction?
- Use compression garments: wearing compression garments help the hollow tunnels that are made by cannula collapse. Therefore, it can prevent fluid accumulation by pressing down the skin, which results in less swelling.
- Massage your skin: messaging can have more benefits than you have thought. Message can help the fluids move around faster. This method improves the lumps that are made due to swelling and scarring.
- Power-assisted liposuction procedure (PAL): in this method, instead of using a normal cannula, a special tool is used that transmits small vibrations that break up the fat cells. As the result, the fat deposits are suctioned out with less effort and trauma, which decreases the recovery time.
Weight loss surgeries are now more common than any other time. Liposuction can help people remove unwanted fat from various parts of the body. This procedure will improve body curvatures and give better contours to the body parts. You should keep in mind that this procedure is not recommended for major weight loss and it is often used for shaping the body.
TebMedTourism is a professional healthcare facilitator company in Iran with years of experience and clients’ satisfaction. Liposuction is one of the popular services in TebMedTourism that has lots of fans among international patients. When you choose TebMedTourism as your trusted company, you can ensure that you will be treated by the best plastic surgeon available in Iran, while you will receive all your medical and non-medical needs. For consulting our doctors, contact us now and enjoy free of charge professional guidance of our surgeons.
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