In the ranking of the most performed plastic surgeries in Brazil, liposuction continues to occupy the first place. In order to harmonize the body contour, the suction of localized fat is carried out, that so hated "fat" that not even a disciplined workout and food were able to eliminate. Also known as liposculpture, liposuction can be performed on different parts of the body, in addition to being able to be performed in association with other procedures such as abdominoplasty, breast prosthesis and others. In the "butt" country, this surgery gained yet another purpose, to collect fat to graft in the gluteal region, offering the desired contour and improving the gluteal lateral depressions and irregularities caused by cellulite. - Frequently Asked Questions

Liposuction, what is it?

Liposuction is the surgical procedure indicated to eliminate the fat located in regions of the body that cannot be eliminated even with a balanced diet and physical exercises. Its main objective is to improve the body contour, returning the much desired "curves" of the female body.

Liposuction - How is it performed?

Liposuction is performed using small cannulas, connected to a suction device and allow the removal of fat under the skin through small incisions (0.5 cm) positioned so that they are discreet and almost imperceptible. It can be performed under general, epidural or even local anesthesia with sedation provided that it is in an appropriate surgical environment.

Can liposuction be used to lose weight?

The answer is no! The purpose of liposuction is to sculpt the body, outline the shapes and curves by removing the persistent localized fat. It is important to remember that surgery does not replace healthy habits that should continue to be stimulated, as well as good eating habits.

How much fat can be removed in liposuction?

It is important to emphasize that the most important thing in liposuction is not the amount of fat sucked in, but the quality of the suction. The fat should not be in large quantities, but that fat located at strategic points and when removed contribute to a more beautiful and harmonious body contour. The maximum limit allowed by the Brazilian society of plastic surgery and by the Federal Council of Medicine is 7% of body weight.

How is the post-operative of liposuction?

In the postoperative period, the patient remains in the hospital for 24 hours. It must be at rest relatively in the first week when the stitches are removed. Lymphatic drainage is essential and must be started as early as the 4th postoperative day and an average of 10 sessions is usually required. Social activities and can be established after removing the points and returning to the gym in 30 days. We recommend the use of a compression belt for 24 hours for 30 days, followed by 12 hours for an additional 30 days.

Is it true that the liposuction site does not accumulate fat again? Because?

This is half true. The place where it was liposuctioned can accumulate fat again, but in a smoother way than the other places that were not liposuctioned. The reason is that when the fat is aspirated from the cells, many lose their nucleus, thus losing their function. Thus, if the patient neglects to eat, this fat can be noticed accumulating in other places, especially those that have never been aspirated.

If the patient does not follow a balanced diet, can she put the result of the surgery at risk?

Yes you can! The idea of ​​liposuction is to remove that accumulated "stubborn" fat that the patient cannot lose with diet and exercise. It is a little push towards a healthy and balanced life. An imbalance in consumption and expenditure of calories may compromise the outcome of the surgery.