5 Things You Need To Know About

Liposuction and more

 

Liposuction in the Philippines is also referred to as "lipo" by patients. It reduces and reshapes specific areas of the body by surgically removing excess fat deposits and enhances your body contours and proportion. Here are 5 things you need to know about liposuction.

 

 

1. Liposuction is a body contouring or sculpting procedure

Liposuction is a body contouring or sculpting procedure, not a weight losing or weight reduction treatment. Depending on the area or the number of areas to be liposuctioned, only 2000cc to 3000cc of fat can be safely removed.

2. Skin Rippling

Overzealous removal of fats may result to skin “rippling”. This is caused by excess fat removal making the skin very thin (having less fat) and thus cannula tracks under it become visible (the rippling or multiple wave effect). In our Centre, we make sure this complication is avoided by removing only enough fat.

3. Liposuction and Obesity

If you are obese, you may be considered as a high risk candidate and may not qualify to undergo liposuction. The reason for this is that chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart or coronary diseases,  metabolic problems, etc. may be present. Effects of liposuction in obese may also not be appreciable. It is therefore recommended that patients with BMI of 30 or greater need to lose some weight to qualify to undergo Liposuction.

4. Safety in Liposuction

It will be more safe if your Cosmetic Surgeon is board certified and has a background in General Surgery on top of his fellowship in Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery. This will put the surgeon in good position to avoid intra-operative accident of abdominal penetration in tummy liposuction.

5. Liposuction Laboratory Exams

Several laboratory (blood exams) and ancillary procedures (X-ray and ECG) are usually requested by the cosmetic surgeon prior to liposuction. A cardio-pulmonary clearance from a cardiologist or pulmunologist  is requested for those over 30 or 35 years of age. Those younger patients may undergo the same steps if the doctor find it necessary.

Similar to other countries, liposuction in the philippine can also treat

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

 

 

Below is a statistical data of liposuction from 2016 to 2018

 

liposuction 2018

 

Depending on your health and your surgeons assesment, liposuction can be performed alone or along with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck. Liposuction surgery removes excess deposits of fat to sculpt an improved shape to a patient’s body. While liposuction is best known as a fat removal procedure, it is also one of the best procedures to help a patient refine his or her shape. In fact, cosmetic surgeons often use liposuction to refine the results of other procedures, as no other technique allows for such detailed improvements in body contour.

 

Here in the Philippines, both men and women undergo liposuction.  Every year to Depending on a variety of goals, we see it every year. Some patients prepare for summer specailly in a swimsuit, while others simply want to fit on there clothes and be sexy. For men, liposuction is similar to women but commonly seen in breast reduction (Gynecomastia).

If one or more of the following apply to you, liposuction is an option to consider:

  • I have excess fat deposits on my hips, belly, thighs, neck or chest that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction is excellent for reducing fatty bulges and sculpting a beautifully natural contour to the body.
  • I feel like certain areas are out of proportion with the rest of my figure. Reducing excess fat on one area of the body can bring it into better balance with your natural features.
  • I have good skin elasticity – sagging skin is not a problem for me. For optimal results, the skin should have good enough tone to contract to the body’s new contours.
  • I am at or near my desired body weight. Liposuction is best for reducing localized fat deposits, and the most satisfied patients are typically happy with their overall weight before surgery.

 

Who are the Ideal patients

Though liposuction seems easy, there are really no shortcuts to a healthy lifestyle. Before a patient can undergo liposuction, doctors will look at their body-mass index (BMI), said Torres, to check if it's okay for them to undergo the procedure.

If the patient is obese or overweight, they'll recommend a weight management program and nutritional counseling. A person with a regular BMI but has a high risk of heart disease, diabetes, or other systemic diseases can get lipo, but their diseases need to be controlled.

The reason weight management is so important is because lipo isn't a weight management program: "Because the patient might be expecting that after liposurgery, which is body sculpting, he or she will lose weight. And those are two different things. You don't lose weight when you do liposurgery," said Torres, further explaining that fat is light and removing it isn't enough to bring your BMI down to normal.

Another reason health management is important is that lipo won't prevent fat from accumulating in places where you haven't had the procedure done. If you get lipo on your abdomen, for example, the excess calories you consume need to be stored somewhere, so fat will build on your arms or legs.

If you have a normal BMI and have less than two to 3 inches of fat, then meso-lipo therapy, a non-surgical way of removing fat, may be a better procedure for you.

For others, like Nicky*, a doctor who has undergone liposurgery twice, the procedure jumpstarted her healthy lifestyle and motivated her to work out. She had her arms, stomach, back, and love handles done.

 

Pre-operation to think about

Before surgery, Doctor Jaafar suggests 3 months of lifestyle management first, so that there's less fat on the big day and a patient just has to maintain his or her lifestyle post-op.

A patient should have at least 24 hours of rest before the surgery, and the clinic doing the procedure needs to get cardiopulmonary clearance beforehand.

 

Actual Surgery

It takes about an hour to conduct liposurgery on one part of the body, so an operation that includes the whole body – the abdomen, back, arms, and thighs – can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours long. Most patients are put to sleep during the procedure.

 

For large areas, a needle with a hole on the tip is used together with a suction machine to remove the fat. If the area is small, a negative pressure syringe is used instead.

Not all fat is destroyed, though – there still has to be some fat attached under the skin, so it won't sag, and so dimpling – which happens when a patient gains weight and stores fat between destroyed fat cells – doesn't occur.

 

Post-procedure

Because it's surgery, there will be bruising and some pain after lipo is performed. A compression garment also needs to be worn for the next two to 3 months, because "[the area where the fat was destroyed] becomes now a 3rd space and swelling and fluid can always be accumulated," according to our Doc

After Kikcys's surgery, she didn't go to work for 3 days. She recounted feeling like she had been beat up. But the biggest hassle was the compression garment, as she had to coordinate her outfits so it wouldn't be visible.

 

How much is the cost

The cost of liposurgery in the Philippines varies according to how many parts of the body will be done – it can be performed on the upper abdomen, lower abdomen, love handles, upper back, lower back, left and right arms, and left and right thighs. According to doctor Jaafar of The NEU, lipo on the whole abdomen can cost anywhere between P120,000 and P350,000.5.


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