Liposuction is a surgical procedure by which fat deposits are removed from the body to improve body contour and proportion. It is not a replacement for diet or exercise and is not a method of “weight loss,” but it is frequently employed when the usual efforts of diet and exercise are unsuccessful in producing what a patient considers a pleasing or satisfactory result.
Our liposuction in Nigeria is also often used as a “first step” in conjunction with other procedures that entail fat grafting, in which a patient’s own fatty tissue is injected into area in which more volume is desired.
Typical areas from which fatty tissue may be removed are:
Types of procedures that might call for liposuction prior to fat grafting are breast augmentations and mini face lifts, in which fatty tissue can be used to add volume to the cheeks. One of the benefits of using a patient’s own fat is that, because it is the patient’s own tissue, there is far less chance of there being an allergic or other adverse reaction, or of it being rejected altogether.
There are two categories of factors that go hand in hand in the areas of plastic and cosmetic surgery. One is the skill and expertise of the physician performing the procedure. This comes with training and experience. The other is that vital eye for aesthetics, which enables the surgeon to evaluate and produce the appealing and desired contours and proportions. Our surgeons are recognized for having both, which is why they are highly sought-after by patients from around the world.
Liposuction is most frequently performed in a doctor’s office, using either a local or general anesthesia. With a local, you will be awake but not feel any pain; with a general you will be asleep throughout the procedure.
If you are having a lot of fat removed or it is being done as a “first step” in conjunction with other procedures, your surgeon may recommend that it be done in a hospital for some patients, where you can stay overnight.
There are four basic types of liposuction that utilize the same fundamental steps:
Tumescent Liposuction – A tumescent solution, containing anesthetic is injected into the treatment area.
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction - Ultrasound energy helps break up the fatty tissue and loosen it from the body.
Laser Assisted Liposuction – Laser energy is used to help dislodge the fat cells.
Suction Assisted Liposuction – A vacuum-like device helps remove the fat from the treatment area.
Depending on the number of areas being treated, the procedure can take one to three hours or more.
Most patients will be asked to wear a compression garment for several weeks after surgery to reduce swelling, which may last from three to six weeks, or up to a year. Depending on the number of treatment areas and volume of fat removed, patients typically return to work within two to three days.
Fat cells do not grow back, and the results of our liposuction in Abuja can be permanent, providing you maintain a relatively stable weight.
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