Dr. Erman Ak




What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a great way to get the body you want, especially if you’ve tried diet and exercise and just can’t seem to lose that last bit of fat. It’s a great way to get rid of those stubborn fat deposits and make your body look slimmer and more toned. It’s a procedure that’s often chosen by women, but it’s also a popular choice for men. In fact, it’s the second most popular aesthetic operation for men after nose surgery.

The idea that you can lose weight with liposuction is a common misconception. Liposuction is designed to reduce stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. It’s not a treatment for obesity. Patients usually lose about 10-15 kg with this procedure.

The procedure is basically a way of removing excess fat from certain parts of the body. It’s done by pulling the fat out with a special vacuum or injectors. It’s not a weight loss surgery, but an aesthetic operation that aims to correct the contour of the body. With this operation, the enlarged fat tissue that resists diet and exercise is removed from the body, and the number of fat cells is reduced.

How is Liposuction Performed?

The liposuction procedure starts with the injection of a special liquid (tumescent injection) in areas with stubborn fat tissues. This liquid inflates the fat tissue and makes it ready for the procedure. Then, small incisions of a few millimeters in length are made in the area to be treated. Through these incisions, thin metal tubes called “cannulas” with a diameter of 2-6 mm are inserted under the skin.

Cannulas are used for suctioning fat deposits connected to a vacuum device. The injected liquid makes the fat hard, so it can be absorbed more easily and effectively. This process continues until the desired body contour is achieved and a smooth skin surface is obtained. Thanks to these techniques, liposuction effectively removes excess fat from the body and provides a more aesthetic appearance.

Things to Consider Before Liposuction

When you start thinking about liposuction, remember that this procedure is not for weight loss. It’s for body contouring. It’s important to get rid of your excess weight first because liposuction in overweight individuals can increase the risks and be dangerous for your health.

If you’ve reached your ideal weight and are ready for the procedure, the next thing to do is to quit smoking. Smoking is known to impair blood circulation and negatively affect the healing process. Also, don’t forget to share your current medications with your doctor. There may be medications that need to be discontinued before surgery, including blood thinners, vitamins, and some herbal preparations. These precautions make the surgery safer and more effective and speed up the healing process.

Recovery Process After Liposuction

After liposuction, there are a few things to keep in mind to speed up recovery and minimize complications. For about a month after the surgery, you’ll need to wear a special corset to reduce bleeding and serum accumulation, support and tighten the skin structure. Swelling, bruising, tingling, and burning may occur in the treated areas; these symptoms usually subside within 1-2 weeks.

Small scars at the cannula entry points will gradually fade within 2-6 months. Following your doctor’s instructions carefully ensures that the healing process is successful. You can rest for a few hours after the operation and start light activities soon afterwards. However, you should avoid heavy work and intense exercise for the first month. If you smoke, it’s a good idea to quit or at least cut down for at least a month. Smoking can slow down the healing process.

Who's a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is a great option for adults with stubborn fat deposits that won’t budge no matter how hard they try. Unlike children, adults don’t gain more fat cells after puberty. But the more fat cells you have, the more weight you gain. Diet and lifestyle play a big role in weight loss. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and a good lifestyle are the basics for losing weight.

Even if all these conditions are met, some stubborn fat deposits may remain in the body. These fats, especially in areas such as the torso, abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, legs, knees, and outer and inner thighs, may resist slimming with traditional methods. In this case, liposuction is the best way to effectively reduce fat in these areas. So, liposuction is a great option for adults who are at a healthy weight and want to get rid of stubborn fat in certain areas.

In Which Areas Is Liposuction Most Commonly Applied?

Liposuction is a popular way to get rid of excess fat in certain areas. It’s used to correct body contours and give a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The most common areas where liposuction is applied are as follows:
  • Hips: This area is prone to fat accumulation, so the contours are corrected with liposuction.
  • Abdomen and Waist: It’s often used to get rid of excess fat around the belly.
  • Inner and Outer Thigh: The fat is removed from these areas to make the legs look smoother.
  • Above Knee: Just a couple of minor corrections to make the knees look more fit.
  • Neck: If you want a clearer jawline and neckline, removing fat from the neck area is a good idea.
  • Shoulder: Elimination of excess in the shoulder area.
  • Male Breast: Removal of excess fat in the male breast area in a condition known as gynecomastia.
Less preferred areas are the following:
  • Lower Leg (Below Knee): Applications using particularly thin cannulas are less preferred here.
  • Gluteal Region (Buttocks): Liposuction can be applied in case of excessive protrusion and asymmetry.
  • Breast: Fat removal for breast reduction in women is a less preferred method.

Liposuction Prices

Liposuction prices vary depending on where the fat is removed and how extensive the procedure is. The exact price can be determined after the examination. If you want to get a general idea of the prices, you can get preliminary information by contacting our practice. However, a one-on-one consultation is required to get a clear price offer. You can contact us to get more information about liposuction prices and to schedule an appointment. This way, you can get all the details, the process, and the cost of the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Liposuction

Are Liposuction Results Permanent?

The results of liposuction can last a long time, depending on how the patient lives their life. This procedure isn’t about losing weight or preventing weight gain, but about shaping the body. As long as patients stick to exercise and healthy eating habits, the results can be long-lasting.

Is There Pain During Liposuction?

Pain varies from person to person and depends on how much of the procedure you have. Most patients say that the pain is manageable and can be controlled with medication. The hospital will give you the right pain relief during your stay.

Which Areas Can Liposuction Be Applied?
Liposuction can be applied to many different parts of the body:
  • Hip
  • Haunch
  • Inner and outer parts of the upper legs
  • Abdomen and waist
  • External and internal adipose tissue above the knees
  • Double chin
  • Lower and anterior region of the ears
  • Inner sides of the knees
  • Back and front parts of the arms
  • Outside and inside of the ankle
What are the Risks of Liposuction Surgery? Are There Side Effects?

There are a few risks to watch out for with liposuction. These include things like irregularities in the shape of your body, fluid building up in your body, loss of feeling, infection, holes in your internal organs, fat getting into your bloodstream, problems with your kidneys and heart, and too much of the anaesthetic drug lidocaine. As with any surgical procedure, these risks can vary depending on your own condition and the precautions taken during the procedure.

Can Liposuction Be Performed for Weight Loss?

Liposuction is for body contouring and isn’t a weight loss solution. It can remove up to 8-10 liters of fat, which is about 7-8 kilograms. The procedure helps to remove weight that can’t be lost through diet and exercise.

How Many Liters of Fat Can Be Removed at One Time? Can Liposuction Be Done Again?

On average, you can remove about 4-5 liters of fat in one session. If you want to, you can have the liposuction procedure done again in 3-6 months, but that depends on what your surgeon thinks and what you need.