Description of the procedure
In the beginning, a so-called ‘dry liposuction’ was performed – with no special preparation of the tissue, by separating parts of fat tissue using vacuum. Nowadays, hydroliposuction is performed by injecting solution mixed with local anesthetic and medicine used to contract blood vessels (vasoconstrictors) – which reduces pain, bleeding and swelling, thereby shortening recovery time. Fat tissue is shattered, homogenized and drained out in the form of thick yellow mass.
Course of the procedure
The procedure is done under general anesthesia; it takes about two hours. Postoperatively, a custom-made corset is immediately put on. Patient stays in a suite during the next few hours for the sake of surveillance, analgesia and bleeding control. If necessary, the patient stays overnight.
First 24 hours: After the release from the Polyclinic, the patient receives detailed instructions on medications, regime and control examinations. It is advisable to start moving immediately after the procedure, with analgesics, if necessary, in order to prevent further possible complications.
Swimming and using a wet towel after personal hygiene is not allowed; we advise only mild exercise. Corset is worn for the next 6 weeks in order to achieve or keep the desired body shape.
After 7 days: A week after the procedure, a control examination is performed and sutures are removed.
After 7-14 days: It is possible to feel pain 1-2 weeks after the procedure, but it is possible to control it by using prescribed medications. Likewise, massage of the area where the surgery was performed helps as well.
Precautions and limitations
After the liposuction, i.e., after the recovery period, it is necessary to continue with healthy lifestyle – it implies proper nutrition and mild physical activity; in that way, weight is maintained and the results are visible for a long time.
Side effects and complications
Like any other procedure, liposuction is associated with certain risks and complications despite the measures which are taken. The team of our Polyclinic takes every precaution to ensure that all potential risks are reduced to a minimum. However, you also have a responsibility to avoid the risks and complications.
Some early complications can be: bleeding, skin and subcutaneous tissue infections; mild asymmetry is possible. All necessary instructions are to be followed during the recovery. Corset must not be removed on your own initiative; it is necessary to take prescribed medications and attend regular control examinations and bandaging, in order to reduce possible complications to a minimum.
Package does not include: preoperative laboratory tests (blood tests), ECG, intern’s examination, consulting with other specialists (specialist for diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, thyroid gland, transfusion), medications that you will take at home.
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