2. The surgery

For liposculpture I prefer to use spinal anesthesia or general anesthesia. This is beneficial and more comfortable for both the patient and the surgeon. In my practice I only use local anesthesia for small corrections.

The fat surplus that needs to be treated will be injected with infusion fluid through small cuts of 5 mm. Then the fat will be suctioned evenly using thin cannula and a vacuum pump. Generally the skin shows ample elasticity to adjust to the new body contour. However, this is not always the case for the abdomen and the inner thighs. In these cases dermolipectomy is more suitable, whereby both the excess skin and fat are surgically removed, sometimes in combination with liposculpture.

3. After surgery

The small cuts of liposculpture are usually not sutured, so some fluid might leak out after the treatment. This is normal and even preferable. It is not normal that the treated area becomes red and painful or if you develop a fever. In that case you should contact the clinic.

It is important to wear an elastic band or pants for a few weeks after surgery, in principle until the bruises have disappeared. The elastic clothing will prevent swelling and will shape the skin during the healing process. Lymphatic drainage and endermology could be benificial, but are not included in the treatment.

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