Body Contouring in Athens

LIPOSUCTION OVERVIEW

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Procedure
Improve body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vaccum device. Can be performed using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Common locations for liposuction include chin, neck, upper arms, above breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves.

Length
1-2 hours or more

Anesthesia
Local with sedation, or general.

Side Effects
Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation, temporary fluid drainage from incision sites.

Recovery
Back to work: 1 week
More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks
Able to visualize the final result: 1 to 6 months or more


Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction removes undesirable, subcutaneous fat in isolated areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas include the hips, thighs, abdomen, knees, neck, and arms. Liposuction is most successful in people with good skin tone who are near normal weight but have localized fatty deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity. It is intended to produce a more flattering figure by improving contours and proportions.

The procedure involves small incisions through which a cannula or hollow tube is inserted. This tube is used to break up and remove the fat beneath the skin. Several areas can be suctioned at one operative setting although there is a limit to the amount that can be removed safely at one time. Postoperatively patients will be bruised and swollen and this will likely last several weeks. A compression garment is worn for several weeks to minimize fluid accumulation and facilitate skin settling.


ABOUT PLASTIC SURGERY

Plastic surgery is a specialty that can be divided into two groups: cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal body structures and improve a person’s appearance. These procedures may not be considered medically necessary, but are performed, instead, to increase a person’s confidence and self-esteem. Liposuction, breast augmentation and tummy tucks are some of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery.

Reconstructive surgery involves those procedures performed to correct abnormal body structures caused by birth defects, trauma, burns, infection or disease. These types of reconstructive surgery include breast reduction, breast reconstruction and treatment of skin cancers. Reconstructive surgery is usually covered by health insurance.