– Fat removal
– Body contouring
– Optimisation of body silhouette
Liposuction (fat removal) involves the permanent removal of fat pads. Before the operation, the fat pads will be marked precisely while you are in a standing position and the desired correction will be discussed with you.
The relevant body regions are filled with a special tumescence solution in order to soften the fat cells, through an injection opening (3-4 mm) located as inconspicuously as possible. By creating a vacuum, suction is then gradually applied using fine probes rounded at the tip. The suction, using the finest possible cannulas, is carried out initially at depth and then at the surface. I use the PAL system (vibration lipectomy, with the motor in the handpiece oscillating at approx. 6000 times a minute), which means the procedure causes less bleeding and is less traumatic.
The art of the surgeon is having the sensitivity to feel through the skin what fat tissue should be removed and what should be retained. Occasionally, the fat that is sucked out is re-injected into other regions of the body ("negative areas").
I do not recommend liposuction for overweight people. In my opinion, this method is not suitable for weight reduction. However, it works excellently for body contouring to rectify body disproportions and for optimising the body silhouette.
Forms of anaesthesia
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anaesthetic or, where applicable, spinal anaesthesia.
How should I prepare for the operation?
You do not need to prepare for the operation in any specific way. However, you will need to purchase a compression belt or girdle. You should bring the compression garment with you to the operation.
In addition, you should not take any painkillers, such as e.g. aspirin, for a period of 14 days before the operation, as these delay blood clotting. You should also avoid alcohol and sleeping pills as far as possible.
What happens after the operation?
Immediately after the procedure, you can expect slight pain (1-2 days post-operatively) and bruising. This will recede again within 1-2 weeks. We will provide you with an adequate supply of painkillers. It is recommended that you do not work for 3-4 days.
What risks do I need to be aware of?
If you suffer from allergies (to medications or care products) or other illnesses, it is imperative that you inform us of these. If you bruise easily or suffer persistent bleeding after minor injuries, we need to conduct laboratory tests before the operation to rule out the possibility of a clotting disorder.
What complications can arise?
After liposuction, you may experience a change in your sensitivity to touch, with feelings of numbness, for several weeks. If you have a tendency to bruise easily or if the bandaging is not attended to thoroughly, bruising may occur. There have been descriptions in very rare cases of clot embolisms, which require intensive care treatment. In exceptional cases, extensive inflammations can occur, which have to be treated by administering large doses of antibiotics.
What follow-up treatment is required?
Initially, it is important to wear the compression garments day and night, for a total of about six weeks. In addition, we recommend using a special cream in order to improve the skin's appearance. The sutures at the injection site can be removed after just a week (you can do this yourself). Depending on the type and extent of the liposuction, you should, however, avoid sport for the first two to three weeks.