Smartlipo also known as Smart Liposculpture, or Smart liposuction, is a cosmetic surgery which extracts fat from various parts of the body, most commonly the thighs, abdomen, buttocks, chin, neck, calves, upper and backs of the arms. A cannula is inserted under the skin to remove excess fat. Smartlipo is the most common cosmetic surgery in US and United kingdom- more than 400,000 are done in the US each year. But what should you expect before, during and after surgery?
Before undergoing Smartlipo procedure, you should take a complete physical test for your surgeon to determine if you are fit for the procedure. You will also discuss any medical conditions and remember to tell your surgeon any medications that you are taking.
If your surgeon decides you are fit for the operation, you should discuss what you should expect after the procedure. It is not right to have the operation without a clear understanding of what you should expect.
Ask question including the risks and complication, the experience and technique to be used. Let your doctor provide before and after Smartlipo photos. To have a clear picture of what you should expect, talk with some of his past client.
Your surgeon may prescribe antibiotics that you will take before operation.
On the day of the surgery, the surgeon will mark your body to indicate parts where fat will be removed. Anesthesia will be administered to lower pain. Before surgery, ensure you ask your doctor the anesthesia that will be used. Many liposuctions surgeons are going for local anesthesia because it is safer and also invasive. If the doctor suggests general anesthesia, you should ask him/her the reasons of using general anesthesia.
The physician will use cannula to extract fat from your body.
Depending on the location of surgery and the amount of fat removed, you may spend the night in hospital, or you may leave after surgery.
You will wear special garments to keep skin compressed. You will resume your daily routine after 7 days. The physician will also provide the guidelines that you should follow as well as antibiotics and other medications that you will be taking.
When the aesthesia wears off, you are likely to have some pain. If pain is continuous and severe, contact your surgeon. You will also have some scars where the surgeon cuts the skin to extract fat. The skin may swell for a few days.