Target specific fat deposits.
Liposuction (fat removal) is a commonly requested aesthetic medicine procedure that can decrease the amount of subcutaneous fat, contouring and improving the appearance of certain body parts.
While liposuction does help with contouring and gives the impression of major weight loss, this procedure cannot be considered a quick weight loss method. In fact, liposuction only removes the fat deposits that cannot be eliminated through exercise or diet. If you decide to have liposuction and are also overweight or obese, we recommend that you lose weight prior to surgery. After reaching a suitable weight, if fat deposits remain in certain areas of your body, liposuction is an appropriate method of getting rid of them.
If you need to lose weight, we are happy to advise you. Many people are searching for quick, effective ways of losing weight and getting rid of unwanted fat. They often look to the internet or magazine articles, which tend to promote drastic diets that lead to the dreaded yo-yo effect. If patients ask us for advice on how to lose weight, we always recommend consulting a nutritional specialist or obesity specialist. Generally speaking, losing weight fast may not be the most effective way, especially if achieved through a poorly designed diet. Long-lasting weight loss always involves a complete lifestyle change, including eating habits and exercise.
The number of fat cells in the body does not actually change over a lifetime; instead, the cells themselves get larger or smaller due to weight gain or loss. Men and women tend to experience fat deposits in different places. For men, fat is stored mainly in the belly and flanks, while women are mainly “affected” in the flanks, buttocks, inner thighs, knees and lower abdomen.
Liposuction removes fat cells from the body permanently for a long-term effect. However, this does not mean that you cannot gain weight after having liposuction. Gaining weight can lead to increased volume only in the areas not subjected to liposuction. This leads to irregular deposits and deformities, which is why it is so important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the operation.
Tumescent vibration liposuction is appropriate for women and men who would like to get rid of excess fat, stubborn rolls and love handles. This unwanted fat often acts as a trigger for poor self-esteem and dissatisfaction with one’s appearance.
Candidates for liposuction need to have good skin elasticity, so it is best to have the procedure at a younger age when the skin retains its natural elasticity. This allows the body to adjust well to changes in contouring. For skin with poor elasticity we can offer a newer technique called laser-assisted liposuction, where the laser helps tighten the skin. Liposuction can be performed later as well, since age is no barrier to removing fat as such. However, older patients should think it over carefully, since they may face greater risk of uneven or loose skin.
Patients considering this procedure should be in good health and have realistic expectations. Each session can only remove a certain amount of fat (1500 to 2500 ml), depending on the patient’s total weight. Taking more at a time could lead to complications and health concerns. If you would like to have more fat removed than can be safely handled in one session, you can always come back for more sessions, which should be spaced about six months apart. You will need to consult with the doctor, of course, to discuss how much you would like to remove and whether it is a good idea from a health standpoint.
First you will have a consultation with a doctor to discuss the options available with liposuction given your body type as well as information on the procedure and recovery process.
The procedure is usually performed under total anesthesia, so you will need to have a pre-operative internal examination and follow all instructions from the doctor to ensure a smooth operation. Liposuction on small areas can be done under local anesthesia only. You will receive specific information on the procedure and pre-operative recommendations during the consultation and when making an appointment for the operation.
We perform tumescent vibration liposuction at our clinic. The operation usually lasts no more than 60 minutes, depending on the scope. Every client undergoes thorough measurement where the doctor draws on their body to indicate the areas targeted for fat removal.
Just before the procedure a special solution is applied to harden the subcutaneous fat (tumescence) and loosen the fat cells, which are then suctioned out during the procedure using thin, regularly vibrating cannulas. The incisions are very small (approx. 6 mm), punctures in the skin for the cannula to pass through, and the doctor always places them in the least visible spots.
Immediately after the tumescent vibration liposuction procedure, you will need to wear a compression garment or bands to reduce subcutaneous bleeding, help reduce swelling and pain, and let the skin adjust to the new volume. Patients who have chin liposuction will wear a compression mask or strap going over the head.
If done under local anesthesia, the procedure is outpatient and you can go home immediately afterwards. If you are having a more extensive procedure under total anesthesia, you will usually need to stay one to two days at the clinic. he dressings are changed the second day after the operation, at which point you can go home if you are feeling well and everything is healing well. Make sure to arrange for someone to take you home, ideally by car rather than public transport.
We recommend that you avoid physical activity until the next checkup when you get your stitches out in order to avoid swelling in the legs, fever and increased pain. Some degree of bruising, tenderness and lack of sensation in the affected areas are all normal parts of the healing process and should go away over time. Sensation will return to the affected area within several weeks.
The stitches are usually removed two weeks after the operation. Otherwise you will receive instructions on when and how to remove the stitches yourself, keep the area clean and massage the affected areas at home. If you feel well enough and work in an office environment, you can return to work three to four days after the operation, but you should wait at least three weeks to resume more strenuous physical activity.
You will need to wear a compression garment day and night for about four weeks after having liposuction. Only remove the garment to bathe or wash. We recommend continuing to wear the compression garment for another one to two months to ensure a good result, especially during physical exertion and during the day while moving around. After liposuction of the chin you will need to wear a compression mask for two weeks, at which point you can resume physical activity.
The last checkup at our clinic usually comes three months after the procedure, at which point the results can be assessed as final.
Complications from liposuction are not frequent, but some patients may experience uneven or lumpy skin after the operation. This is not a cause for great concern, however, as any irregularities can be minimized through appropriate post-operative care and massage. If you experience any trouble in the first few days after the operation, such as increased pain or fever, come in for a checkup or call the clinic and consult with a doctor over the phone immediately.
Maintaining your weight is of key importance for liposuction to remain effective. This includes healthy eating habits and getting enough exercise, such as cardio, running, swimming or cycling. If you gain weight after having liposuction and do not know how to lose it again, we recommend consulting a specialist to set up a diet plan or prescribe weight loss medication.
You can have liposuction at our clinic in Prague, or at our Brno and Liberec offices as an outpatient procedure. You can also come to Brno or Liberec for a consultation, even if you have the procedure in Prague.