Diet and exercise are rarely efficient to slim down persisting fat deposits, but that’s where liposuction in Tunisia excels. During surgery, fat deposits located under the skin are removed (sub-cutaneous fat) with a thin hollow stainless steel tube called cannula which is connected to a vacuuming system. The liposucion surgery is performed under general anesthesia when larges areas have to be treated, local anesthesia can be used for smaller treatment areas such as the chin, the knees, the ankles, etc. During one procedure, several areas can be treated, the duration of the surgery can therefore vary between 40 minutes to 2 hours.
Liposuction is not designed to make patients lose weight or treat obesity. The body mass index can be used to determine if the procedure is suited to the patient’s objectives.
A week off work is recommended after liposuction. During this resting period, treatment sites must be kept clean and dry. A compression garment has to be worn during a few weeks to help minimize swelling, prevent fluids accumulation and form new body contours. The result can be seen around 6 weeks post-op. However, most patients notice slimming quickly.
Best suited patients for this procedure are individuals with a normal weight bothered by persisting fat deposits forming bulges. It is important for the patient to have precise objectives justifying the surgery to better appreciate the aesthetic improvement afterwards.
Common liposuction sites
Liposuction can treat a lot of different areas of the body such as the thighs, the hips, loves handles, the abdomen, the arms and less frequently (and with a thinner cannula), the ankles, knees and chin.
Are the results permanent ?
Maintaining healthy eating habits and regular physical activities the key to preserve liposuction’s results. If you gain weight after surgery, the fat cells remaining in the treated area can swell and occupy the same volume as before.
Will liposuction make me lose weight ?
No, liposuction surgery removes excess fat in areas that are not affected by weight loss and exercise. This procedure is not designed for weight loss purposes, it targets persistent fat deposits.
Does liposuction correct cellulite or stretch marks ?
Liposuction does not alleviate cellulite or stretch marks. It reduces fat in fat deposits without correct skin issues.
How long do I have to wear a compression garment for ?
The compression garment has to be worn during 2 months, night and day, to help skin retract after fat reduction.
Is bruising expected after liposuction ?
Yes, liposuction causes significant postoperative bruising, which resolves in 1 to 2 weeks. Postoperative swelling, on the other hand, can persist up to 3 months.
When can I exercise after liposuction ?
Patients have to stop exercising for 2 months until bruising and swelling have completely resolved.
Can I shower after liposuction ?
Patients can shower after the operation, with dressings protecting the incisions sites that have to be changed after the shower.
Is postoperative pain tolerable after liposuction ?
The procedure does not cause pain when the patient wakes up from anesthesia, but bruising causes pain in the form of significant soreness during the first week following surgery. Paracetamol medication is usually enough to alleviate any postoperative pain.
Can liposuction be performed with local anesthesia ?
Highly targeted liposuction procedures may be performed with local anesthesia, but most of the time, general anesthesia is necessary to avoid pain.
If I gain weight after the liposuction surgery, will I have the same excess fat issue again ?
Generally, liposuction offers a durable result and even minor weight gain will not cause excess fat to develop in the same area. However, significant weight gain can cause the same issue again.
How long before I can see the definitive result ?
Liposuction in Tunisia results can be seen after a period of 3 months provided the patient’s weight remains stable. The result continues to change over a period of 6 to 12 months.