Plastic surgery is the speciality par excellence dedicated to remodelling or restoring harmony to the body contour. The liposculpture surgical techniques most frequently used for this purpose, eliminating localised fat from different areas, are liposuction and abdominoplasty, either alone or in combination.
Fat can be removed from the following areas: face and neck, arms, abdomen, buttocks, trunk, hips and thighs, knees, calves and ankles.
What is liposuction?
It is one of the operations most in demand by Spaniards. Around 12,000 liposuctions are performed in Spain every year. Liposuction consists of surgery that suctions the fat through very fine cannulas that are introduced through small incisions. One of the most important advantages of liposuction is that several areas can be treated in the same surgical time, so that at the end of the intervention, we will achieve a slimmer silhouette and a more aesthetic body.
What about liposculpture?
Liposculpture is a more delicate and finer operation to sculpt the body. Unlike liposuction, it is for people who have a lower level of fat in their body.
What type of patients is liposuction recommended for?
People who have a relatively normal weight and who have an excess of localised fat in different areas of the body, are the most indicated to receive this treatment, as they present a firm and elastic skin that will recover sooner and look better after the intervention. More specifically:
- Patients with localised fat accumulation to shape their figure.
- Patients with diffuse fat accumulations where there is an abundance of fat over the entire surface of the body.
- Patients who wish to increase the volume of their body area.
This type of intervention is not recommended for patients:
Liposuction is not recommended for people who present:
- Massive or morbid obesity
- Coagulation disorders
- Previous states of anaemia
- Allergic reactions to anaesthetics.
What are the main areas of the body that are treated with liposuction?
Both women and men come to have fat removed from different areas of their body. The ones that stand out are:
- Jowls and neck
- Flanks and upper back
- Upper and lower extremities
Before and after a liposuction surgery
Liposuction service highlights
- Surgical time: 1 to 3 hours depending on the areas to be treated.
- Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia and sedation or general anaesthesia depending on the areas to be treated.
- Hospitalisation: 1 night or not required
- Recovery: 1 to 3 days
- Results: Immediate (definitive after 2 months when the swelling and oedema disappear).
Dr. Teresa Bernabeu is a specialist in liposuction and abdominoplasty. After the liposuction procedure, the result is a more aesthetic and slender body free of fat.
Frequently asked questions
What type of anaesthesia is used?
We use local anaesthesia and sedation or general anaesthesia. It depends on the size of the liposuction.
Is the postoperative period after liposuction hard?
In general it is not painful. However, stiffness-like discomfort may occur in the treated areas.
What is the recovery time after liposculpture?
It depends on the type of intervention you have undergone and the size of the treated area. Normally, the patient can return to their daily routine after a few weeks. However, full recovery will take a couple of months.
Will I have to stay in hospital after the operation?
It depends on the extent of the surgery. If your operation is minor, you will not need to stay overnight in hospital (you will be home in two to three hours). If it is a more extensive operation, you will have to stay in hospital for 24 hours.
What is the difference between liposuction and liposculpture?
Liposuction is a surgery to remove excess fat that accumulates in areas of our body.
Liposculpture is used to shape the patient's body, creating a more homogeneous figure.
How much weight is lost?
It must be made clear that liposuction is not an intervention to lose weight. It is a surgery to eliminate the accumulation of fat in certain areas of the body. However, it is possible to lose a few kilos after the operation, although you should be aware that this is not the aim of the operation.
How long does it take for the swelling to subside after liposuction?
The swelling will gradually disappear. The skin will tighten over time. It is therefore advisable to have lymphatic drainage massages and wear a compression garment after the operation.
How long will it take before I can exercise again?
During the first few days you will be able to take gentle walks. As a general rule, after two weeks the body is ready for physical activity without being too strenuous.
How much does liposuction cost?
It depends on the treatment and the operation. However, we offer you one of the best ways of financing cosmetic surgery in Alicante:
- From 4 months to 4 years.
- No limit to the amount.
- Up to 12 months with no interest or arrangement fees.
- No need to go to a bank, we process it in the clinic itself.
If you need more information related to the intervention to remove fat and shape your body, ask for an appointment and we will answer all your questions.