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By Bahar Ozbal • Medical review by Esat Olgun, MD on December 01, 2022
What is Liposuction ?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure mainly used to correct deep and superficial fat accumulations and remodel the body contour.
Liposuction procedure is based on removing fat via vacuuming with a thin tube, called a cannula. Liposuction is used to remove fat from those areas which are not responding to diet and exercise.
Liposuction surgery is not a method for weight loss, it's a procedure of removing fat from very specific areas such as hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, and under the chin or face to improve their shape.
Sometimes liposuction is combined with other surgeries like abdominoplasty, face lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, mommy makeover etc...
Liposuction procedure is used for restoration to create more fullness by transferring the purified fat as fillers to the areas like face, butt, breasts etc...
Pros & Cons Of Liposuction?
1- Liposuction targets the fat. Liposuction surgery will help you to get rid of all the excess fat that you have in your body.
2- You don’t just get rid of the additional flab or fat. You actually get rid of the fat cells so you don’t put on fat again in that particular part of your body. You can work out and maintain a healthy body mass index after liposuction.
3- Liposuction is a gateway to a healthy and active lifestyle. With liposuction surgery, you can enjoy a greater range of motion and increased mobility. Liposuction helps people to have more confidence or self esteem.
4- Reshape body. Liposuction surgery allows reshaping the body with various combinations of treatment like fat transfer.
5- Only in one session... Liposuction surgery helps to remove large volumes of excess fat in a single session.
1- The major liposuction risks include the formation of seroma, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, wound and hematoma formations.
2- It takes time to heal after liposuction surgery. In some cases liposuction might result in damage to the skin in the form of marks, pain, swelling and bruises.
3- Some of the serious liposuction risks that are very rare but possible; include allergic reactions, infections, puncture of internal organs in rare cases, fluid imbalance and skin necrosis.
4- The sag of skin after fat removal may occur. In those cases patients will need another procedure to remove or tighten excess skin.
5- Liposuction scars, lumpiness, asymmetry, dimpling and other irregularities may occur after surgery.
6- Liposuction carries a certain amount of danger and can lead to complications such as reaction to anaesthesia, bleeding, and poor skin elasticity.
Who's A Good Candidate For Liposuction?
A good candidate for liposuction has to be;
* Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have a good muscle tone and firm, elastic skin. (BMI -body mass index- of 30 or below.)
* The ones in realistic expectations,
* Healthy individuals without any chronic or potentially fatal diseases and medical conditions, (Doctors don’t recommend the procedure if you have health problems with blood flow or have heart disease, diabetes, or a weak immune system.)
* Individuals has to be non-smoker
Tummy Tuck vs. Lipo?
Tummy tuck and liposuction are two different surgical procedures that aim to make your stomach appear flatter, tighter, and smaller.
Liposuction removes fat cells and relies on soft tissue elasticity for ultimate contour, while tummy tuck removes skin and fat.
Sometimes these two procedures will be considered together at a single operation to get the best result.
How Is Liposuction Performed?
Liposuction surgery may vary due to many factors such as the patient’s preference, amount and type of fat to be removed, and according to the surgeon’s opinion.
In general all types of liposuction is performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation (for a small area) or general anesthesia.
All the procedures have in common is the use of a cannula connected to a vacuum to suct the fat out of the body. The procedure takes an hour or two depending on how many areas of the body you’re getting done.
There are mainly 5 type of liposuction procedures;
Tumescent Liposuction is the most common technique. In this procedure your surgeon will inject a sterile solution into the area where the fat is to be removed.
Solution generally contains a mixture of lidocaine, epinephrine and salt solution. The solution liquifies the fat to become swollen, firm, and easier to remove.
After injecting solution your surgeon makes small incisions around the area and inserts cannula. With back and forth movement sucks the fat.
Tumescent liposuction takes between 30 minutes to 4 hours according to the area operated. This method is used for: full body liposuction, male liposuction, back liposuction, hip liposuction, liposuction abdomen, men liposuction and women liposuction.
Laser Assisted Liposuction which includes SmartLipo, uses a laser to produce energy in order to liquefy the fat. This technique means lesser bleeding, bruising and inflammation to the patient.
Power Assisted Liposuction; uses a cannula attached to an oscillating handpiece, operated mechanically. Your surgeon makes small incisions and removes fat quickly. This is a fast and more efficient method than suction-assisted liposuction.
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction is exposed to sound waves which cause the cells to rupture and liquify. This procedure is efficient and causes the least trauma as compared to the other methods.
VASER liposuction is a surgical fat-removal procedure that uses vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance vibration.
It can be performed on a range of areas, full body liposuction, male liposuction, back liposuction, hip liposuction, liposuction abdomen, men liposuction and women liposuction, chin liposuction.
VASER liposuction is also an excellent procedure for gynecomastia treatment (male liposuction, men liposuction).
How Much Liposuction Hurt?
During the liposuction surgery you will not feel any pain or hurt because you’ll be under anesthesia.
But after the surgery, liposuction recovery time may be a little bit painful.
For at least a week or two you should expect soreness. The pain during this time is in a mild way and can be controlled by painkillers. If not please contact your doctor.
Weight Loss Expectations After Liposuction?
How much weight can you lose with liposuction?” is the main question that everyone is curious about but you need to know that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. The fat cells can take up a lot of space, but it does not weigh that much.
Liposuction surgery is a body contouring procedure, you might loose approximately 2 pounds on removal of 1 liter of fat.
How Long Recovery Takes After Liposuction?
You might not have to stay in the hospital depending on the type of surgery. After liposuction surgery your surgeon may require you to wear a compression garment.
This will help to control swelling. Bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks are expectable side effects of liposuction surgery.
The recovery time changes from person to person due to the type of surgery. Every person is different. Most people can return to work within a few days and get back to regular activities in 3–4 weeks. After liposuction procedure your surgeon will ask you to take some antibiotics to prevent infection.
Depending on the part where liposuction surgery was done there may be pain in the recovery process. The pain during healing is in a mild way and can be controlled by painkillers. But if the pain increases it's important to report your doctor.
You may take shower after 48 hours after liposuction surgery. It's important to avoid soaking in a tub until your stitches are removed. Each time after taking shower put on clean bandages and reapply pressure garments.
Liposuction surgery comes with inherent risks. During liposuction recovery time you must pay attention to watch the signals to avoid liposuction complications. See your doctor immediately if you experience:
Increased swelling, bruising, or redness.
Severe or increased pain.
Headache, rash, nausea, or vomiting.
Fever (temperature above 38 C).
Discharge from the incision that is yellow or green or that has a foul odor.
Bleeding that is hard to stop or control.
Loss of feeling or movement.
During recovery time and after; to keep your body in shape and increase duration of results you should follow a diet plan which include lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grain, low fat dairy products.
3-4 weeks after liposuction surgery its important to start a daily exercise program to keep the result permanent.
How Soon You See Results After Liposuction?
Realistic results after liposuction can be seen after six months. You’ll continue healing and seeing better results for up to a year.
Taking results after liposuction takes a long-term. Most patients will see early signs of their ultimate liposuction results with in one to three months after surgery.
For the first few weeks after surgery there is postoperative swelling. Swelling will improve during 6 weeks to 6 months but till that time period results will be disguised initially by swelling.
After 6 months to a year you will notice an improved body contour immediately.
How Long Results Last After Liposuction?
There is a finite number of fat cells in our body. Each fat cell acts as storage for whatever fat molecule circulates in the body.
If there are less fat cells in one area after liposuction fewer fat cells will accumulate in that region. Results are permanent if the patient has a healthy diet and lifestyle. But if this balance is off, one may either gain or lose weight after liposuction.
Before and After Liposuction Photos
How Safe Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a safe procedure if it is performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic or dermatological surgeon.
As all the other surgeries liposuction has some risks and potential complications. It's important to know all the pros and cons before you decide to get liposuction.
Liposuction risks include:
Change in skin sensation that may persist
Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs and abdominal organs
Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
Irregular contours or asymmetries
Need for revision surgery
Poor wound healing
Rippling or loose skin, worsening of cellulite
Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty technique
After liposuction to reduce excess skin secondary procedures may sometimes be recommended.
How Much Liposuction Costs?
The average cost of liposuction procedure on an average in all countries is expected to be around $6000 US dollars.
This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.
But if you decide to get your liposuction surgery in Turkey than you can ask for all inclusive price lists which will help you to save a lot of money.
A surgeon's price of liposuction will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.
Turkey is the best geographic office location where you can get your liposuction surgery with fully experienced doctors and high technologic hospitals.
Beside the geographic office location, liposuction prices will vary based on factors the amount of fat being removed, and if you’ve had liposuction before.
Liposuction is considered as cosmetic surgery, most of the health insurance plans do not cover liposuction or its complications.
How Much Is A Liposuction Surgery In Turkey?
The cost of liposuction like other procedure vary considerably across Turkey and even in the same area depending on the cost structure.
For the highest standards and cost containment, Turkey offers more than 256 clinics where you can get your liposuction surgery with experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons who own their own nationally accredited surgery center.
After the free online consultation your surgeon will give you a total price package including all the transfers (except plane tickets), hospital outgoings, hotel stayings and surgery costs.
The average liposuction price in Turkey is between $3000- $5000 USD.
The Advantages Of Liposuction In Turkey?
There are numerous advantages of getting your liposuction surgery in Turkey.
Turkey offers more than 256 international standards clinics and hospitals where you can get your liposuction surgery. It's safe and affordable to have liposuction in Turkey for both liposuction men and women.
With years of experience and positive results in liposuction procedures there are skilled liposuction doctors, expert teams and experienced patient consultants in Turkey.
Besides confidence, Turkey is also an impressive destination with natural beauties, historical past and culture.
The Advantages Of Liposuction In İstanbul
İstanbul has emerged as one of the most popular cities for Liposuction surgery in recent years. The average price of liposuction Istanbul is $5,000. All the liposuction types are perfectly performed in İstanbul.
Istanbul is Turkey’s most populated city, famed for its wonderful blend of culture and diversity. It is also Turkey’s top destination for medical tourism.
In your Istanbul visit you will have the chance to explore Bosphorus which connects Asia to Europe, traditional values of Ottoman culture and historical places beside your liposuction surgery.
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Written on 01/01/2018
Last Update: 01/12/2022
Liposuction Before & After Photos
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