FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. What is the difference between liquid liposuction and traditional liposuction?
The traditional liposuction technique has a more forceful nature during the manual removal of fats. Liquid liposuction, on the other hand, liquefies the fat so that it can be easily removed and suctioned out without creating so much trauma. Unlike the traditional approach which places the patient under general anaesthesia, liquid liposuction uses local tumescent anaesthetic. This reduces the risks and side effects associated with the procedure.
2. What can I expect from this surgery?
Prior to surgery, the patient is marked while in a standing position so that the areas that need treatment can be precisely defined. This is what surgeons refer to as “contour map” which is drawn over the fat bulges. The marked areas are also feathered around the edges to create a smooth transition between the treated and untreated areas.
The surgeon also plans the areas where small access incisions will be created. Usually, these are made in inconspicuous areas or along natural creases such as the buttocks or the fold behind the knees to maintain an aesthetically pleasing result.
During the procedure, you can also expect to be injected with a tumescent saline solution. This makes fat removal and suctioning much easier and less traumatic.
Since there are a lot of fluids injected during the surgery, some of these leaks out of the wounds after surgery. There is no need to be alarmed because this will simply stop by the following day. You can control this minor inconvenience by using sanitary napkins or dressings to cover the leaks.
3. How is liquid liposuction done?
What makes this procedure different than traditional liposuction is the introduction of a solution which is a mixture of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine. Just imagine your fat cell as a water balloon where the fats are stored inside. Once the tip of the cannula comes in contact with the fat cell, it causes it to rupture, releasing the liquid fat that is stored inside. The liquid fat then becomes emulsified with the solution injected into the area. All these are then gently suctioned out by the same cannula under low pressure.
This approach is much less traumatic and it also allows more control in shaping or sculpting the areas.
4. Who is a good candidate for liquid liposuction?
A patient should weigh close to their ideal body weight to pass as a good candidate. S/he must also be generally healthy and with good skin elasticity. He should also have realistic expectations about the procedure and its limitations. It is also important that the patient doesn’t have any eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia.
The surgeon will also make sure that the patient has no bleeding or clotting problems, otherwise, this could result in complications during or after the procedure.
5. Will I still experience bruising or swelling?
For this type of approach, you can expect minimal bruising and mild swelling which usually resolves quickly.
What are the risks and potential complications that are involved in this procedure?
Even though the procedure is designed to be less traumatic, it still poses some risks and complications. Here are the potential problems that you could encounter with liquid liposuction:
- Temporary change in skin sensation
- Lumpiness and firmness due to small areas of fat hardening during the healing process
- Minimal bruising and swelling
- Skin surface irregularities
- Fluid accumulation in the targeted areas
- Skin necrosis (cell death), although this is very uncommon and will only occur if suctioning is done too close to the skin.
6. What is the recovery period like?
Liquid liposuction is a procedure that can be done on an outpatient basis which means that you can go home afterward. You may be kept under observation for 2 hours after the surgery before you are discharged. It is important that you are accompanied by an adult who can stay and assist you until you are able to take care of yourself. Pain and discomfort can be expected, but this can be managed with oral analgesics.
You will also be instructed to wear a compression garment for 2-3 weeks to avoid swelling, hence, hastening the recovery process. The gentle compression allows the skin to follow your new form. When you follow post-operative instructions right to the dot, you allow yourself to heal faster without any complications.
7. What special precautions should I remember for this procedure?
It is advisable to eat light meals first to avoid stomach upsets after being under sedation or general anaesthesia. You can also adjust your body to regain fluid balance by drinking extra liquids.
8. What are the restrictions on liquid liposuction?
It is recommended that you refrain from strenuous lifting and exercise for two weeks after surgery. It is important that you give the treated area enough time to heal without interrupting the healing process. This also allows you to experience the results you are looking for without any complications.
9. When can I see the results?
With liquid liposuction, you will start to notice a change in your body contours after 7-14 days. This is when most of the swelling goes down, but it will take about 3-4 months before you will see significant changes.
10. When can I go back to exercising?
You can go back to exercising one week after the procedure. Make sure that you start out with gentle exercises to avoid undue stress. Then you can slowly progress to more active exercises after 2 weeks.
11. How much does liquid liposuction cost?
This actually varies for each patient, and it will also depend on which areas are being treated. Since every patient is different, it is important that we can assess you in order to determine the specific price quotations.
12. Is this covered by insurance?
A liquid liposuction is classified under elective surgeries, hence, it is not covered by insurance.