Liposuction, also known as removal of fat by suction, is one of the procedures that is most discussed, controversial and abused.

Main principle is to lose excess weight by a proper diet and exercise program before surgery. What needs to be remembered is that liposuction is not a procedure to lose weight but to shape the body. Even people who eat well and exercise may have stubborn fat deposits. These deposits can be removed by liposuction to achieve the desired look.

It is important to assess the elasticity of one’s skin before liposuction. In cases where skin is loose, liposuction cannot achieve the desired outcome alone and, in such cases, excess skin needs to be removed. Successful outcomes are achieved in the group where patients fulfill the relevant criteria thanks to diet and exercise and have a good skin elasticity.

Fat can be removed by classical liposuction. Ultrasound (vaser) or laser assisted fat removal is also possible. One other issue is the belief that there might be disfigurement if one puts on weight following liposuction. Areas where liposuction is performed are mostly the areas where fat accumulates more easily. Therefore, reducing fat cells in these areas by liposuction will lead to a more balanced distribution even if one puts on weight after surgery.

In short, liposuction is a procedure that needs to be planned once you achieve a certain level of fitness by diet and exercise and if you have good skin elasticity. It is impossible to repeat it many times.

Liposuction is mostly performed under general anesthesia. Duration of surgery depends on the extent of application. Hospitalization for one day is generally enough. It is important to wear a corset for 4 weeks following surgery. Depending on the extent of liposuction, swelling and bruising may be seen. You can see the outcome in 4-6 weeks following liposuction but it takes longer for your final look to take shape.