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Liposuction

"Liposuction is one of the most common procedures performed in our clinic. Dr Georgiou has a special interest in Liposuction. He was trained by Dr Gerhard Sattler in Germany, a world-renowned professor whose contribution to the development of the tumescent technique was essential."

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure, which removes fat cells from the human body. Through very small incisions and by using a thin hollow tube, or cannula, excess fat is suctioned out of the body. This procedure will make the body more symmetrical, by removing fat from stubborn areas, which do not respond to traditional weight loss methods. Although some people use terms such as liposculpture or micro-liposuction, there is no difference from the classical liposuction.

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How much fat can be removed?
 
Generally it is recommended not to remove more than 2-3 kilos of fat each time, in order to avoid serious complications in the patient's health. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity and it is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. The best candidates are healthy people with almost normal weight and elastic skin but with stubborn fat pockets.

Which body parts can be treated?
 
The most common areas for liposuction in women are the lateral thighs, the buttocks, the inner region of the knee, the belly and the neck (double chin). The most common areas in men are the chest, in cases of gynecomastia, the area of the abdomen and neck (double chin). Under certain conditions, it can be done in all parts of the body.

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Which technique?

We use the so named tumescent-liposuction. The tumescent technique involves the injection of large volumes of salt solution with lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine (drug that shrinks capillaries) into the subcutaneous fat. Very thin needles are used to reduce pain which may be present during the infusion. After 30-60 minutes of acting, the fluid provides such complete local anesthesia, which eliminates the need for general anesthesia, or IV sedation. 

The advantages of this plastic surgery technique over the other techniques are: 
  • Effective analgesia (insensibility to pain) in large areas. 
  • Eliminating the need for general anesthesia, thus avoiding its side effects. 
  • Minimizing blood loss and bruising (contusion). 
  • Fast recovery and early return to daily life activities. 
  • Reduction of postoperative edema (swelling).

Are there any other techniques?

In recent years, new “liposuction” techniques have been used in Cyprus such as laser, ultrasound and radiofrequency, with the purpose of improving the efficiency of classical liposuction making the procedure easier. Unfortunately these methods have failed to prove their superiority over tumescent technique. All three techniques are using heat to liquefy the fat cells, causing some times burn injuries to the skin or deeper tissues. That is why their use should be limited to special cases and only with the judgment of your plastic surgeon.

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Non-invasive techniques such as radiofrequency and cryolipolysis, which are also available in Cyprus, are supposed to be an alternative to surgical liposuction. While some candidates may get good results, these methods are not always successful and the may need to be repeated. Liposuction remains the quickest and the most effective plastic surgery method.

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