A few grams too much? Get back in shape with liposuction.
Sometimes the desire to lose weight can drive you crazy: no diet helps and even regular exercise just doesn't bring the desired results. This applies to women as well as men. Many of our patients in our practice in Berlin therefore wish to rid certain parts of the body such as the stomach or arms of fat or to reduce fat deposits in the long term. However, you are aware of one thing: liposuction is intended to correct your body contour, it is not "losing weight" and certainly not a treatment for obesity.
Liposuction can be performed anywhere on the body
Liposuction, also known as liposuction, can be performed on any part of the body. We use the procedure very often when it comes to skin and tissue tightening. A classic is the thigh lift. The upper body is also a popular area of application, especially as part of a Breast lift, at a breast reductionto tummy tuck or a upper arm lift by liposuction of the arms. At a breast augmentation without an implant, we first use liposuction to harvest autologous fat from other parts of the body. With diseases like this Lipedema Liposuction is also the method of choice, the same applies to the treatment of unnaturally large breasts in men (Gynecomastia). A small incision is sufficient to penetrate the fat deposits using cannulas. The incision is inconspicuous and is sewn up after the procedure so that it is barely visible.
Gentle treatment – how do we perform liposuction?
We pierce fine cannulas through the skin in order to evenly suction off the fatty tissue. This is done either under general anesthesia, local anesthesia or with what is known as tumescent anesthesia. A large amount of liquid is injected into the fatty tissue together with a local anesthetic. This loosens up the tissue, numbs it and can then be suctioned off more easily with the help of negative pressure. We work with both the WAL (water jet assisted liposuction) and the VAL system (vibration assisted liposuction). With tumescence anesthesia, the tissue is treated even more gently. Alcohol, nicotine, painkillers or sleeping pills are strictly forbidden one to two weeks before the procedure. If you have to take medication regularly, we will clarify possible problems during the preliminary consultation.
Are there alternatives to liposuction?
Yes, in certain cases comes the so-called Coolsculpting question, which we have also been using successfully in our practice for years. During the non-binding consultation, we clarify with our patients which treatment method is most likely to be used in the individual case in order to reduce fat cells.
What should be considered after liposuction?
The recommendation to our patients for follow-up treatment is: Immediately after the liposuction, you should wear a compression garment or support stockings day and night for at least six weeks. This supports skin shrinkage, helps to prevent scars or knots and thus optimizes the result. Rest is important for the first few days, although normal physical activity after liposuction is perfectly acceptable. You should only do without sport for 14 days. A hospital stay is not necessary.
Are there any risks in liposuction?
Because we need a significant amount of fluid for tumescent anesthesia, there may be a slight loss through the puncture channels after the operation - along with minor swelling and a slight numbness. This can be somewhat uncomfortable and cause slight pain, similar to a sore muscle. If you otherwise follow the recommendations, there is no specific risk with liposuction. If the bandages are not worn regularly, bruising and scars can occur. Easily recognizable on uneven surfaces. Usually they regress on their own. If this is not the case, they must be corrected with another intervention. In general, no specific follow-up treatments are necessary after liposuction.
Liposuction before or after pregnancy?
The question cannot be answered in general terms. The decision depends above all on the individual suffering of the patient. In general, fat can be removed at any time except during pregnancy. Patients who have not yet completed their family planning often wait until after the birth of their children in order to achieve the longest possible results from the procedure.