Liposuction is one of the most common esthetic procedure worldwide. It enables patients to sculpt and enhance the contour of their body. The esthetic benefits are great and the outcome absolutely terrific when performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon.
This information sheet is provided by Dr Vincent Nguyen, board-certified plastic surgeon in Paris, specialized in liposuction procedures.
It provides all the information about the procedures, scars, recovery, Social Security or Health Insurance Company coverage, before and after comparison photographs and the cost of liposuction procedures.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is an esthetic procedure that permanently gets rid of recalcitrant localized excess of fat.
It is not an overall weight-loss method. It is not a treatment for obesity and it can’t replace a diet.
Why is a liposuction done?
A liposuction is done to remove fat from parts of the body that most of the time haven’t responded to physical exercise and diet.
How is it performed ?
In the procedure of liposuction (as created by Yves-Gérard Illouz in 1977), blunt-tipped hollow cannulas are introduced through micro skin incisions.
The cannulas are connected to a vacuum-like device in a closed circuit that creates negative pressure, and gently suck out excess fat from certain areas of the body. As fat cells can’t reproduce, the result is permanent.
As liposuction is a surgical procedure, in France, only a board-certified and qualified plastic surgeon specialist of the technique can perform it.
LIPOSUCTION : THE PROCEDURE
Due to postoperative swelling, the results won’t be immediately visible. You can see some improvement after 4 weeks but it takes 3 to 6 months for the skin to retract on the new contours and for the edema to fade. It can take up to 6 months to see the ultimate results of a liposuction especially for a liposculpture. Irregularities in the skin such as cellulite may persist even if the procedure was well conducted.
Can fat return after liposuction?
Liposuction permanently removes excess fat. Unfortunately it doesn’t prevent the patient from gaining weight again. The most effective way to sustain the result of liposuction is to maintain an ideal weight with healthy diet and exercise.
Can liposuction remove cellulite?
Cellulite is fat that is too close to the surface of the skin to be removed by liposuction. It can’t get rid of cellulite but, as the fat is removed beneath the skin, it reduces the pressure on the skin, whose aspect is enhanced.
What areas of the body can benefit from liposuction?
Liposuction can be performed on several parts of the body: saddlebags, thighs, hips, ankles, calves, abdomen, knees, arms, back … and also on the face (chin and oval of the face).
A full body liposuction may also be carried out.
Does liposuction result in scars?
The incision scars are very small (3 to 4 millimeters) and very discreet as they are hidden in natural creases or folds.
What can I expect from liposuction?
As the skin molds itself into new contours, the skin quality may appear improved.
Liposuction can really sculpt the shape of the body and dramatically improve the silhouette of the patient.
Liposuction allows a better look, allowing your muscle definition to show through on the back or on the chest to enhance the pectoral muscles.
What other procedures may be combined with liposuction?
The fat removed from your body may be reinjected in other parts (face, breasts, buttocks …) after being purified, it’s called lipofilling or lipomodelling.