Liposuction or simply known as lipo, is the type of cosmetic surgery that breaks up and remove excess fat from body through an instrument known as cannula. It is generally used on thighs, abdomen, chin, neck, calves, upper and backs of the arms and back. Liposuction is not weight lost treatment or it is not a substitute for diet and exercise. People who opt for liposuction normally have standard body size. Their goal is to remove undesirable excess of fat from specific areas of body. Therefore, liposuction helps them to improve the shape or contours of their body. In fact, doctors often use liposuction to refine the results of other procedures, as no other technique allows for such detailed improvements in body contour.

Before the operation, patients will need to undergo some health tests to ensure they are fit for surgery. People who use regular aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs should stop taking them at least 2 weeks before surgery. Women may be asked to stop taking the contraceptive pill. Patients with anemia may be asked to take iron supplements.

Some liposuction procedures may only require local anesthesia. Other procedures, rather complex ones, require general anesthesia that will make unconscious through the operation. This surgery can last one to four hours depending on the extent of fat removal.

The results of liposuction will not be clear until the inflammation goes down. In some cases, this may take several months. Most of the swelling settles after about 4 weeks, and the area where fat was removed should appear less bulky.

Following the surgery, its common to have pain, discomfort, swelling, soreness and bruising on the operated area after liposuction. To minimize pain after the surgery you should consult your doctor which kind of anesthesia should be used and don’t forget to ask about any medications you can take before the procedure. Our doctors at Medlife Group in Turkey will help you decide the best option for your body.

Pre-Op Instructions

  • On the evening prior to the surgery, be sure to get a good night sleep. On the day of surgery, limit food intake to light breakfast or lunch. Bring your prescriptions to the office when you come in for the procedure. Upon arriving to the office inform nurse. The Valium should be placed under the tongue when you arrive. Let the pill dissolve and then you may have some water.
  • Be sure that your home and car will be prepared for you. Following surgery, drainage of tumescent anesthesia may ruin car upholstery, carpeting, linens, and bedding. We recommend covering car seats, your bed, and any other furniture that you might rest on with a waterproof pad or cover.
  • Wear old, loose, dark colored clothes to the office on the day of surgery. Sweats and warm-ups suits tend to work best. Women are usually most comfortable in a cotton sports-type bra. Be aware that anything you wear to surgery may end up ruined by tumescent anesthesia drainage. Men should bring an extra pair of boxers or briefs.
  • Do not take any products containing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication or Vitamin E. 
  • Refrain from all nicotine products, including cigarettes, pipe tobacco, chew or Nicotine patch. Nicotine interferes with healthy circulation and may affect the result of your surgery. It also places you at higher risk of complication when receiving anesthesia.

Post-Op Instructions

  • Drink a lot to prevent dehydration.
  • You must expect to be sore and easily fatigued for several days.
  • When returning to your regular activities, try to take it easy.
  • Do not be concerned if you have drainage for several days. Typically, patients will need to wear the garments for 3 to 6 days. Some patients, especially after a large amount of liposuction, will have drainage for more than a week.
  • Even if you apply your pads perfectly, there might still be drainage. When sitting or lying down, place a towel underneath you to protect your sofa or bed from stains.
  • Because a large portion of your body weight will be removed, dizziness and fainting are very common situations after liposuction operation. Try not to make sudden movements, don’t stand up too fast (especially after urinating) and do not lock the doors if you’re inside a room. If you feel kind of dizzy, try to sit down slowly and wait for let to go away.
  • Keep your incisions clean. Shower once or twice daily. After washing your incisions gently with soap and water, gently pat them dry with a clean towel. When an incision has ceased draining for 24 hours straight, it no longer needs to be covered by pads.
  • Do not apply ice packs or a heating pad to skin overlying the areas treated by liposuction.
  • Do not apply hydrogen peroxide or plastic Band-Aids to incision sites.
  • Do not soak in a bath, jacuzzi, swimming pool or the sea for at least 7 days after surgery.
  • Nausea, vomiting, temperature elevation, inflammation, swelling, itching and soreness are common side effects after liposuction; but all of them should start subsiding after the second day.
  • For 3 days after surgery, avoid certain medication and NSAIDS.
  • Pain and swelling due to an inflammatory reaction to surgical trauma may occur and increase 5 to 10 days after surgery. If you experience severe pain or swelling, notify us immediately.
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