Even people of normal weight can suffer from genetically determined or age-related pockets of excess fat that do not respond to dieting or sporting activity. The removal of this fat is therefore especially beneficial for women and men suffering from localised fat distribution problems. There are numerous critical points at which fat can accumulate: the abdomen, legs, buttocks, hips (known as saddle bags) or waist (known as love handles). A surgical intervention known as liposuction is used to remove the excess fat from the problem areas, improving the silhouette.
Since 2016 we have been offering hair transplants and surgical procedures to improve the body contour for men and women in our specialist studio, The Hair&Body Atelier in the Haus zur Pyramide. We now also offer laser-assisted liposculpture under local anaesthetic.
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On the day of the operation you will arrive at the Day Clinic of the Centre for Plastic Surgery 45 minutes before your scheduled surgery. Our nursing staff and your specialist will prepare you for the operation ahead. This includes taking the “before” photos and marking the new body contours on your skin. An experienced anaesthetist you will explain the details of the anaesthetic planned.
As a first step, a compound, medicated solution will be injected into the treatment sites to reduce bruising. The fatty tissue is softened and can then be drawn out with a fine liposuction cannula.
The procedure takes from one to three hours. The incisions are very small and will be scarcely visible after a few months. Directly after the operation you will be fitted with a compression stocking or compression garment. Since liposuction is generally performed as an outpatient operation, you will be able to leave the clinic just a few hours after the procedure.
You will be able to shower again on the first day after the procedure. For best results, you will need to wear the compression stockings or compression garment day and night for at least four weeks. The first follow-up appointment will be a week after the liposuction.
In the first few weeks after the liposuction, the treatment sites may still be a little swollen, but most of this swelling will gradually disappear within the first four weeks. It will take three to six months for the tissue to return to normal, so some patience is required before the final results of the liposuction can be seen and fully appreciated.
Images of liposuction on the abdomen, before/after
Images of liposuction on the hips, before/after
As the suction process removes many fat cells from the body, you can expect the results to be permanent, as long as your weight remains stable. Liposuction is not to be viewed as a general weight reduction measure. It is important to remember that this procedure can only remove surface fat, and large fat reserves will still remain at a lower level. This is why it is not suitable for general weight reduction.
SUPPLEMENTARY SKIN LIFT IN CASE OF POOR ELASTICITY
Skin elasticity is also a significant factor in achieving a satisfactory result. After liposuction, the residual excess skin has to shrink to fit the new contours. If the skin has lost most of its elasticity or if there is a lot of excess skin, this process may need to be assisted by a supplementary skin lift procedure, which will leave scarring.
Facts and figures
1 to 3 hours, under regional or general anaesthetic
First dressing change after a week, compression stockings or garment for four weeks
Time off work