Sometimes unwanted fat remains in some regions of the body, regardless of regular exercise and a healthy diet. In such cases, liposuction is an excellent treatment option to achieve the aesthetic result you desire. Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from the female and male body safely and with high precision. To learn more about liposuction and the benefits it provides, please contact our Clinic in Hamburg, Germany, today and schedule a private consultation.
- Facts About Fat
- What Is A Liposuction?
- Patient Requirements
- Your Consultation
- Before Your Surgery
- Surgical Methods
- After Your Surgery
- Liposuction Cost
- Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction:
- How much fat can be removed by a single liposuction?
- Can I lose weight with liposuction?
- What happens to the fat that is removed?
1. Facts About Fat
Fat cells, also known as “adipocytes”, tend to accumulate throughout the body over time as a result of diet, genetics, age, and other lifestyle factors. The body stores fat in various areas to help provide energy, to insulate organs and to regulate hormones. Fat is not a bad thing as such. On the contrary: It can be very beneficial to the body in the right amounts, but when too much excess fat is stored, health problems may result.
The question remains: Is there such a thing as too much fat? Definitely yes! Although smaller amounts of fat can provide energy to the body, too much fat can be damaging to your health and can negatively influence your self-esteem, your relationship, and the way you feel in certain types of clothing.
2. What Is A Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that is designed to remove fat, especially from isolated fat depots that do not respond to the efforts of diet and exercise. Many different regions of the body can be treated and typically include:
- Neck, Face and Chin
- Inner and outer Thighs
- Abdomen, Waist and Pubic Area
- Upper Arms, Fat close to the Axilla
- Back, Flanks and “Love Handles”
- Knees, Calves and Ankles
- Breasts in male patients
Although the results of a liposuction are usually long-term and very satisfying, liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss and is not indicated to treat extreme obesity. Areas of localized fat accumulation that are resistant to diet can be treated very well by a liposuction.
3. Patient Requirements
Liposuction is suitable for both women and men who are looking to remove stubborn pockets of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise. Patients who consider this procedure should not have any underlying medical conditions that can pose risk to their recovery and health. Patients should also have realistic expectations of the procedure’s results.
Good skin elasticity is very important, as liposuction does not treat loose skin, but instead targets unwanted fat. Smokers will be asked to pause smoking at least two weeks before and after their procedure to ensure their safety and the best results possible.
To determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction, you are encouraged to contact our Clinic in Hamburg, Germany, and request a consultation today!
4. Your Consultation
Before you consider undergoing liposuction, a physical examination and consultation will take place with Dr. Sattler. Because each patient is unique, both physically and with regards to the aesthetic desires, an individually tailored treatment plan is formulated based on detailed discussions of the most up-to-date surgical options available. During the appointment photographs will be taken and diagrams will be used to explain the procedure in detail including limitations, alternatives and possible risks. It is important to Dr. Sattler that you are fully informed about the liposuction procedure before you make any decisions towards undergoing treatment.
The goal is to provide you with realistic expectations and to ensure that you are comfortable with all aspects of your operation. During your consultation with Dr. Sattler, you will have plenty of time to point out the areas of localized fat you wish to have treated with liposuction and a customized treatment plan will be made for you. Patients with good skin elasticity can tolerate liposuction usually very well, as long as it is not excessively performed. Therefore the amount of fat that needs to be removed will be assessed during the consultation to ensure that you will have the best result possible.
After your surgery you will have to wear compression garments for a few weeks to support skin recoil. The aim is a perfect contour without the appearance of skin sagginess. However, with aging, excessive sun exposure and body weight changes, the skin tends to lose its natural skin elasticity and elastic recoil happens to a lesser degree. Loose or hanging skin with poor tone can be made worse with liposuction and alternative techniques may be indicated to achieve your desired results. In some cases, liposuction can be combined with a lift to treat lax skin and provide a comprehensive treatment, meeting your aesthetic goals.
5. Before Your Surgery
Before undergoing liposuction, please consider the following:
- Pause smoking at least two weeks before and after your surgery
- Pause any blood thinning medication at least two weeks before the procedure. Consult your GP or Cardiologist before you do so to receive a bridging medication if necessary
- Arrange for a ride home the day of surgery as you will be unable to drive yourself
- Fill any given prescriptions for pain and other medication prior to surgery to ensure it is available to you immediately after surgery
- Before you undergo surgery under general anesthesia, a consultation with an anesthesiologist will take place. Depending on your age, overall fitness and medical history you might be asked to have blood tests, an ECG or other investigations taken
6. Surgical Methods
Dr. Sattler only employs the most up-to-date and scientifically backed surgical techniques. Liposuction is performed either under general anesthesia or IV sedation. If very small areas are treated sometimes local anesthesia might suffice. The technique applied is based on the individual patient’s specific parameters and anatomical characteristics. Accurate preoperative markings are made to ensure precise fat removal. These target areas are infused with sterile “wetting fluid” to reduce blood loss during the procedure and to make the liposuction easier. Small, discrete incisions are made allowing the insertion of small cannulas attached to a gentle suction machine to remove the unwanted fat. Once an adequate amount of fat has been extracted, Dr. Sattler will close any incisions and will apply a sterile dressing.
If a lipotransfer is planned, the harvested fat may be processed under sterile conditions and is used for fat transfer during the same procedure. Wrinkles and lips can be treated, as well as breasts, buttocks or labia. Meticulous attention to detail is applied to ensure even contours and the best aesthetic results possible.
7. After Your Surgery
After your surgery, the wounds are covered with sterile dressings and compression garments are typically worn for four to six weeks to limit swelling and aid the recoiling of your skin. Full mobilization and resumption of daily activities are possible immediately after your surgery, but it is recommended to avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise, for some time after your surgery. Feel free to discuss any questions that you might have in this regard with Dr. Sattler during one of your visits to his clinic.
There will be some minor bruising and swelling, which tends to subside gradually over the course of a few weeks. When correctly indicated, this procedure can help patients dispose of unwanted fat, thereby improving appearance and self-esteem. For those who have questions or concerns during this time, please contact our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members who will be more than happy to assist you in any way they can.
Although this procedure provides long-term fat removal, it does not prevent a patient from gaining weight in the future. To ensure the longevity of the nice results, it is recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eating a nutritious diet and exercising regularly.
8. Liposuction Cost
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure usually not being covered by your health insurance. Under certain conditions, e.g. after accidents, burns, cancer or congenital deformities, the insurance might agree to cover your expenses or at least some part of it. Please make sure you have this in writing to avoid any disappointments later. It might also be advisable to buy extra insurance for the procedure. In Germany, this type of insurance is called “Folgekostenversicherung”.
The cost of liposuction will vary based on the area being treatet and the extent of fat removal that is required to achieve the desired results. During the initial consultation, Dr. Sattler will construct a treatment plan and provide a custom liposuction quote based on your exact goals. To obtain a personalized liposuction price today, please contact our Clinic in Hamburg, Germany, and schedule a consultation.
9. Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction:
a. How much fat can be removed by a single liposuction?
The amount of fat that can be safely removed by a single liposuction procedure depends on several factors. In healthy big patients, it may be possible to safely remove as much as four to five liters of fat in a single operation. However, in healthy petite patients, the amount of fat removed may be limited to one to one-and-a-half liters.
On the other hand, if the location of liposuction is in a small area such as the chin and face, then the fat removed can be as little as 20 to 30 Milliliters.
b. Can I lose weight with liposuction?
It is essential that you do not expect to lose significant amounts of weight through liposuction, as it is not a means of weight loss, but rather a treatment option to remove small amounts of localized fat. Liposuction can produce great improvements to your figure and can heighten your self-esteem. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Sattler can help you to maintain reasonable expectations and to set realistic goals for your liposuction procedure.
c. What happens to the fat that is removed?
The fat will be disposed unless a lipotransfer procedure is planned. In this case the fat will be processed and used immediately to improve wrinkles, lips, breasts, buttocks or labia, depending on what your aesthetic goals are. Dr. Sattler is more than happy to discuss options with you in detail.
If you are ready for the fit looking body that you have been working hard to get then please contact our Hamburg plastic surgery office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Sattler.