Liposuction – Methods and Risks

You eat a balanced diet, feel fit and healthy but the fat pads on your hips, stomach, legs or buttocks persist despite sport and exercise?

Women in particular do not feel well if their hips and thighs are permanently and disproportionately thick and neither diets nor fitness programmes have melted the fat pads.

But men are also increasingly developing a new body awareness and opting for surgical correction of superfluous fat cells.

The leading liposuction surgeon in Jacksonville is now one of the most commonly used aesthetic plastic procedures to model problem areas. In 2014, this surgical procedure was performed 50,000 times throughout Germany.

Here on this page you will find initial information about liposuction in our beauty clinic and the general methods and risks associated with liposuction.

Removing fat deposits from the body with liposuction

Many people opt for liposuction because they see it as the ideal method to treat unpleasant problem areas. Liposuction is a procedure that removes stubborn fat deposits from areas of the body where neither exercise nor diets lead to a lasting reduction.

Successful liposuction not only gives the body a more attractive appearance, but also a more positive general condition and an increase in self-esteem are usually associated with the operation.

In principle, it is possible to perform liposuction at any part of the body. However, the regions most frequently in demand are the abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs. But also the calves, fetlocks, upper arms and the neck area are often desired.

There are various methods such as ultrasound, tumescence, lipopulsing and the WAL technique we use, which is gentle and at the same time allows a precise procedure in liposuction.

What is done during liposuction?

During liposuction, parts of the subcutaneous fat are sucked off – these fat pads lie between the skin and the muscles. In the Schönheitsklinik Dr. Funk we use the so-called WAL method, the Water Assisted Liposuction.

With the WAL method, a fan-shaped jet of saline solution under slight pressure is injected into the fatty tissue via a cannula under local anaesthetic. This pulsating jet gently dissolves the fat cells, making them easier to aspirate. Saline solution and fat tissue are sucked out almost immediately via the same cannula. This considerably reduces the storage of fluid in the tissue and reduces post-operative swelling.

The advantage of the WAL method is that it is gentler, more precise and safer than the commonly used tumescence method; even swelling after the procedure is limited. In addition, the removed fat tissue is excellently suited for further processing for autologous fat therapy due to the more gentle suction.

Other methods of fat reduction are the tumescence technique, the ultrasound technique or lipopulsing.

However, those interested in liposuction should be aware that this is a medical procedure with the corresponding risks. Therefore, the choice of the surgical method, the appropriate clinic, and the doctors performing the procedure should be made with great care.

In addition, it must be clear that liposuction is not an alternative to losing weight. People who are very overweight must first reduce their weight before such an operation. Even in the long term, liposuction is only satisfactory in the long run if the result is a change in diet and regular exercise.

What complications can occur?

Very rarely, thromboses or embolisms can occur; likewise, patients who are more susceptible to blood clots should not undergo liposuction.

You can find out this from your general practitioner, ask your general practitioner for the so-called APC resistance test. An altered hormone level (e.g. through the pill) or smoking can also increase the risk of embolism.

Liposuction is an operation, so like any other operation, it can result in infection, bleeding, or scarring. We prevent infections with an antibiotic, we try to minimize the danger of scars through as few incisions and punctures as possible, which are then not sewn, but glued.

Under the term “Bodycontouring” we understand a beautification of the body contours. Liposuction is the most common method of beautifying body contours in the world, for both men and women.

As many people already know, liposuction is not intended to reduce overweight, but to remove unattractive fat deposits from areas of the body that cannot be removed by diet or exercise. The most common problem areas in women are accumulations of fat on the hips, buttocks, thighs and lower legs, while in men they are mostly accumulations of fat on the stomach, chest or waist.

As we know today, only a very small proportion of adult fat cells are replicated by suction, so that success in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is permanent. A general increase in body weight with excessive food intake is of course still possible. Liposuction is therefore not a free ride to the dream figure, but rather an important supplement to a balance of nutrition, sport and inner attitude.

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