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Liposuction Thailand

Liposuction is a type of procedure that involves the permanent removal of fatty tissues from parts of the body with the aim of improving the overall appearance of the body. The procedure is vital in removal of unwanted fats from body parts such as hips, thighs, abdomen, knees, ankles, face and the neck.

In women, the surgery enables treatment and correction of hips, thighs, love handles, buttocks and knees. In men it’s mostly used to treat the chest, tummy and neck areas.

Other areas where liposuction can be applied is in the treatment of the neck and the breast. The surgery involves the use of equipment such as a cannula to extract fats from various body parts.

As much as the procedure can be conducted a couple of times when necessity arises, there is a limit to how much volume of fat can be done at a time. This limit is set for safety purposes and ensures the patient is protected from any health risks.

Misunderstandings about Liposuction

Most people tend to misunderstand the purpose of liposuction. As much as the procedure involves the removal of fat tissues from various parts of the body, liposuction is not a remedy for overweight patients. Liposuction can only be performed on specific parts of the body and not the entire body.

Candidacy

Liposuction operations target a specific group of individuals. A great example of individuals who qualify for the operation are those with a good skin tone with enough fatty deposits.

Liposuction requires that the patient be physically and mentally healthy. As much as age is not a major issue, there might be slight differences in the results that young people get compared to older people. Younger people tend to have more elastic skin and therefore might experience quicker recovery with better results.

Persons who may not be suitable for liposuction

Obese people should monitor their weight for a period of 6-12 months before they can be considered for the treatment.

People suffering from some health complications may not also be eligible for liposuction. These health complications include diabetes, heart/ lung diseases, poor blood circulation and individuals who may have gone through other operations in the recent past. Such candidates cannot undergo the surgery due to the health risks involved.

Another group of individuals who may not be suitable for the treatment are those with less elastic skin. Such individuals may find it difficult to recover after the procedure and their skin might continue to sag and get loose. Overweight patients are advised to engage more in physical exercises and pay keen attention to what they eat prior to getting a liposuction.

The Different Liposuction Techniques

Quite a number of techniques can be employed when performing a liposuction procedure.

  1. Classical techniques

The Classical techniques were once popular techniques that are no longer in use nowadays.

Wet Technique

The wet technique is an example of a classical technique that made use of general anesthesia. Before the surgery, about 100 milliliters of local anesthesia is injected into the patient’s body. Thereafter, a cannula or a narrow tube is inserted and used to suck the fat deposits lying below the skin.

This is achieved by pushing and pulling the narrow tube through the fats underneath the skin. The fats cells are immediately broken down, therefore making way for the cannula to suction them out. Blood lost during the wet procedure is less compared to the dry technique but both procedures are still considered dangerous. Blood contained in the tissue removed during the wet technique is about 15-20%. For this reason the wet technique has been abandoned and remains unused.

  1. Modern techniques

Tumescent /Super Wet Technique / Classic Tumescent

The Tumescent technique involves the injection of large amounts of extremely dilute lidocaine and epinephrine drugs into the subcutaneous fat tissues. The procedure is standard and popular. It requires a general anesthesia. The doctor administers a great amount of diluted lidocaine such that the target tissue actually turns into a tumescent (firm and swollen). The tumescent technique is best known for its ability to minimize the amount of blood loss during the operation.

Advantages

  • There is less blood loss.
  • The technique also results in less pain
  • Reduced uneven skin surface after the surgery

Pre liposuction consultation 

At this point the patient has to decide the amount of fat to be removed and from what part of their body. This fat is then used to restructure another area of the body that requires reshaping.

The patients must stay informed about the various kinds of incisions required after treatment. These incisions are:

Thigh: the incision is made on the inner thigh

Abdomen: the incision is made near the groin

Pre-Operation
  • The patient should get a thorough medical check up
  • To determine the post-operative effectiveness, blood tests are carried out and photos taken.
  • The doctor should know of any medical history issues that may interfere with the surgery. Such conditions might include hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and other drug allergies.
  • Patients with hypertension need to control their body pressure below 140/90 mmHg before the operation.
  • Patients should prepare for a one week stay in Thailand for the period of the treatment.
  • Do not take any food and drinks 6 hours before the operation.
  • Patients who smoke should stop smoking for at least 2 weeks before the operation.
  • Patients who suffer from heart disease shouldn’t have too much liposuction done on them as it might cause a great deal of blood lose during the operation.
  • Female patients should not undergo the operation if they are on their periods.
  • Patients should prepare for a 1 day stay in the hospital as they recuperate from the operation.
The Procedure

To establish the effectiveness of the treatment, pictures will be taken before and after the procedure. There will be marked regions on the body made while the candidate is standing to prepare for the incisions. The incisions made are about 0.5 cm and it is through these injections that anesthesia is administered to the target regions. A cannula is inserted to suck out the fat then the area is closed with special fine. A bandage is then used on the liposuction region. The procedure takes 5-30 hours depending on the amount of fat to be removed.

Post Operation

How to take care of yourself

  • Patients will be able to go home a couple hours after the surgery.
  • Patients who have had large volumes of fat suctioned may need to rest for 1 day at the hospital.
  • Patients should take lots of water after the operation and eat fiber rich foods to avoid constipation.
  • Patients should stick to the drug prescriptions for quick recovery.
  • Early ambulation can be done when there is no pain.
  • Patients must avoid intense exercises especially around their abdomen for at least 4 weeks.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking for at least 2 weeks after the operation.
  • Stitches can be taken off 5 to 7 days after the operation.
  • It’s important for the patient to have a 7 or 5 day rest.
  • Full recovery takes 4-8 weeks
  • Patients can drive only after they have finished their pain killers.

How to take care of the incision

In the in the first 3 days, there will be some amount of swelling. In the following 2 weeks the swelling will begin to bruise especially after treatment. Full recovery takes about 3 months but patients will be in a comprehensive garment for at least 2-4 weeks after the operation.

Patients should keep on wearing their compressive garments for the next 6 weeks, only taking them off during shower. The incisions shall be visible with possible improvements taking up to a year or two.

Side Effect

Side effects might include some painful bruising in the short term and should be expected to go away after a couple of weeks. The swelling should end after a month or two. Patients might fill the numbness persist for a couple of weeks.

Depending on the procedure, the patient will experience some limited mobility for some time. The patient might have to bear with wearing compression garments and keeping their head elevated.

Complications

  • Complications may arise due to allergic reactions to medications or materials used during the surgery.
  • Lidocaine toxicity
  • Cannula infection during the procedure. Skin damage may occur during the operation since most surgeons work on the deeper skin levels.