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Liposuction and Liposculpture

Know more about Liposuction and Liposculpture

There is some confusion between the terms liposuction and liposculpture. Generally, they are conceptual and are procedures of the same conduct. Liposuction is the resource used for the performing liposculpture (whether the removal of fat or reintroduction in other areas is performed).

Misinformation of liposuction exists, generated by exceptional cases of patients who had adverse conditions. Allow your plastic surgeon to inform you about the two procedures so you may think clearly about the advantages and disadvantages between the two.

Liposuction: This surgery is designed to remove fat from specific areas of the body – chin, breasts, abdomen, flanks (“love handles”), waist, back, buttocks, thighs and knees. Liposuction is not a substitute for dieting, but promotes the removal of fat that does not respond to weight loss treatment or exercise.

The surgery is performed through a millimeter sized incision that is made for the aspiration of unwanted fat. The amount of aspirated fat varies depending on the region and the needs of each particular case.

Liposculpture: Through liposuction and lipo-injection, which correspond respectively to the removal and placement of fat in certain areas of the body, we can “sculpt” the body contour as needed. Liposculpture redistributes removed fat deposits to regions of the body that need increased volume or attenuation of depressions, grooves or wrinkles, creating a very harmonious body profile.

Liposculpture is performed with a millimeter sized incision through which a cannula, connected to an aspirator, is inserted to remove fat. This fat is then treated and subsequently injected, without leaving marks. This is done using special syringes.


Removal of fat from specific areas of the body and subsequent placement in locations where a patient may want greater projection or correction of grooves or depressions.


General anesthesia, epidural or local.

Does liposculpture leave a visible scar?

Scarring resulting from a liposuction or liposculpture is minimal, located in various parts of the body to allow access to the operated areas. Their size ranges from 5 to 8 mm and are designed to be unobtrusive.

Surgical time

Depending on the extent of the areas to be treated, surgical time can vary from 1 hour to 3 hours and may be exceeded in some cases. However, the surgical time should not be confused with the patient’s length of stay in the surgical environment, because this includes the period of preparation for anesthesia and postoperative recovery. Your doctor will inform you about the total time.

Length of hospital stay

Depending on the extent of the area suctioned and the type of anesthesia used, (local anesthesia with sedation, epidural, general) the hospital stay can vary from a few hours to a day.

Recovery time

The patient can return to normal activities in a week, while always remembering to hydrate. You should avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen for one month or while the appearance of bruises still exists. Light physical activity, like walking, is allowed after a week. Heavy exercises like weight lifting and running after 15 days. You should use a brace for three months. During the first month, you must use it for 24 hours a day. Eventually, the patient may sleep without it. The patient should undergo 10 sessions of lymphatic drainage, twice a week.

Final result

The end result can be seen in 3 months.

Recommendations for Liposculpture and Liposuction


– Communicate with your plastic surgeon until two days before surgery, in case of flu, menstrual period, malaise, etc..

– Attend a surgical site (hospital, clinic) on schedule according to your surgical plan;

– Avoid alcohol or very hearty meals the day before surgery;

– Avoid any slimming drugs, which eventually are used for a period of 10 days before surgery. This also includes certain diuretics;

– Schedule your social, domestic, professional or school appointments so as not to become indispensable to others for a period of approximately 4 days.


– Avoid strenuous activity during the first 8 days;

– Stand up as often as it is recommended by hospital discharge, according to the periods spent sitting, to avoid any strain;

– Do not expose yourself to the sun or cold for a minimum period of 1 week;

– Obey the prescription;

– Return to the office for the dressings in subsequent days and times set;

– Probably you will be feeling so well, to the point of forgetting that you were operated on recently. Caution! The euphoria can cause you to behave unsafely, which can result in certain disorders. It is noteworthy that between the 3rd and 5th day after surgery, there may be a slight depression, emotional or even physical. This is predicted and explained by the recovery of your body, in favor of your body physiology;

– Do not worry about the intermediate phases. Talk with your plastic surgeon and only him about any issues that may arise.

– Eat a normal diet (except in special cases). We recommend eating lots of protein (meat, eggs, milk) and fruit.

– Wait to introduce your “diet or weight loss regime” until after the medical authorization. The anticipation of this conduct may result in consequences that are difficult to resolve.

Learn more about Liposuction and Liposculpture.

How much weight will I lose weight with liposuction?

As a surgery that removes a certain amount of fat, of course there will be a reduction in weight, which varies according to the body volume of each patient. However, there are “pounds” withdrawn that define the aesthetic result, so the proportion of each area must be determined in order to maintain harmony with the rest of the body. Women who have have a bulging abdomen or extra weight in other parts of the body, such as the hips and upper thighs, may have firm skin now that will eventually become flabby.

The correct evaluation includes three items: quality of skin elasticity, fat content and its location. These will determine the results. There are cases in which the patient is overweight. We recommend a balanced equilibrium before the surgery, and advise those who have to continue with their medical or physical therapy prior to the surgery. There are cases in which fat is removed from certain areas and then re-injected into other regions that need to increase volume. Part of that fat can be reabsorbed. It is impossible to predict the percentage of fat that remains, however, special care is devoted to the treatment of fat in order to provide a greater chance of success.

How long until I can see the final result?

In the first weeks or even months, some areas, in addition to being subject to periods of “bumps”, may present some denser points than others. These are usually only detected by palpation and tend to disappear after the third month. If proper lymphatic drainage and modeling oriented exercises are followed accordingly, then the final results will gradually appear. Definitive results should only be expected after 6 to 9 months postoperatively.

Can I have children in the future? Will that damage the results?

The results can be preserved, since the weight of a new pregnancy is controlled. If you go back to your previous weight and your skin does not have stretch marks due to pregnancy, your form will be maintained. We must emphasize, however, that the woman’s body undergoes changes over of time, due to the disposal of fat in various areas of the body, especially in the abdomen, waist and thighs. So that every 5 or 10 years, fat changes the disposition in a person’s body.

Is the postoperative period of liposuction very painful?

Generally not. A postoperative period of liposuction or liposculpture should not be painful if the guidelines are followed. Possible disturbances are circumvented by the use of analgesics and anti-inflammatories.

Is this operation dangerous?

Rarely. This is due to the fact that each patient is properly prepared for the surgery and if all relevant steps are taken if this surgery is simultaneously performed with another. However, it is important to take into account that large volumes of fat that are withdrawn can cause risks, both in surgery and in the postoperative period. The consensus in the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, is the total volume of fat to be removed per session must not exceed 5-7% of the patient’s body weight. Your surgeon should clarify the ideal volume for your case in detail.

Are bandages used?

Yes dressings are used with semi-compression straps specially maintained for a period of 30 to 45 days on average.

When are the stitches removed?

From the 4th to 7th day.

When can I take a bath?

Generally the day after the surgery.

What is the postoperative outcome?

You should not forget that until you can achieve the desired result, several phases are characteristic of this type of surgery. Some concern to “achieve the desired end result ahead of schedule” may occur. Be patient, because your body will take care of resolving all the small inconveniences. Clearly any concern on your part should be assessed by your plastic surgeon, and only him, who will give all the necessary explanations for your well being.

Anxiety exists in some patients at this stage, due to this transitional aspect. This is temporary and usually reflects the desire to achieve the final result as soon as possible. Remember that no results should be considered definitive before 6 to 9 months. Working out, or even physiotherapists can greatly help improve the final result, because modeling the muscle is a major factor in the new body contour.

What is Hydro?

It is a name given to an old procedure. Actually, it is a smaller liposuction done in an office. Just as traditional liposuction should only be performed by trained plastic surgeon. Most complications of liposuction occurs when they are made by physicians without proper training.

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