Liposuction: a miracle cure for losing weight?
Tempted by liposuction to get rid of your unsightly bulges? This operation seems to you a miracle cure to find a line of girl? Discover the bottom of this surgical procedure with Elisa Pecorelli, cosmetic surgeon.
HOW IT WORKS?
Liposuction is an operation that takes place under general anesthesia and consists of aspirating body fat cannulas. During this procedure, between 1 and 7 liters of fat can be removed. Which corresponds to 7 liters to 5 and a half pounds and about 3 sizes of pants.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Liposuction does not replace a diet. This operation works on areas where the fat is localized like the wrists of love, the saddlebags. People who have 30 pounds to lose must first dieting and then consider refine their silhouette on areas where fat is stored and for which it is difficult to lose weight, such as saddlebags. “This operation should not be considered a miracle cure,” says cosmetic surgeon Elisa Pecorelli. “It accompanies a real change of life or is used on areas resistant to dieting”.
CAN WE TREAT ALL PARTS OF THE BODY?
This operation can be applied to a large number of areas such as the belly, hips, knees, neck. Some parts of the body are more sensitive to treat like calves and ankles because the risk of phlebitis is much higher. “I do not recommend this intervention on the buttocks and arms. In these areas, the relaxation of the skin is certain, so the result will not be aesthetic.
For the result of liposuction to be successful, it is important that the skin be toned.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE?
As with all cosmetic Weight Loss procedure, it is best to stop smoking for better healing and to avoid taking aspirin (anticoagulant medication). If you have more than 5 excess kilograms, you must start following a balanced diet and regular physical activity. “I prefer that my patients lose weight through diet and without liposuction than to operate right away,” says cosmetic surgeon Elisa Pecorelli.
IS IT PAINFUL?
Yes. Liposuction is a painful procedure. The aspiration of the fat causes a giant edema and the patients undergo for a week of aches on the whole body. This can prevent you from sleeping comfortably and sitting for a long time. Only analgesics (sometimes difficult to bear for some patients) reduce this physical pain.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE OPERATION?
To avoid the risk of phlebitis and for the skin to tighten, the patient must wear a panty (short sheath) for at least three weeks, this day and night. For two to three weeks, baths, sun and beach will be prohibited. And, even if the body is sore, it is imperative to move.
“The post-operative recommendations are quite restrictive. It is better to undergo this operation in winter and to take a week of vacation “recalls Elisa Pecorelli.
AFTER HOW LONG DO WE SEE THE RESULTS?
Jute after the operation, we see that the silhouette has changed. But 24 hours later, the body begins to swell, the lost fat is replaced by water. So as not to be disappointed, do not weigh yourself. The body deflates between two weeks and two months after the procedure. The weight loss is actually observed on the scale 1 month after the operation, the time of the healing of the fat, the disappearance of the post-operative edema and the retraction of the skin.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The price of a liposuction depends on the area treated, the duration of the operation and the clinic chosen. It must be between 1800 and 5000 euros. It should not be forgotten that this intervention is not reimbursed by Social Security and that a work stoppage will not be issued on this occasion. However, it is necessary to take a week off before returning to work.