FAQ - water-jet assisted liposuction

What are the risks of liposuction?

Liposuction should be performed by a qualified specialist for plastic and cosmetic surgery. We have had very good experience using this very gentle method, water-jet assisted liposuction. The risks of liposuction are generally quite low if certain conditions are met. We will explain this to you personally in our consultation. Possible previous illnesses, your lifestyle, or your natural wound healing can have an effect on the preparations for and course of the operation and follow-up.

How can I prepare for the operation?

In the consultations and informational discussions in our practice, your specialist will explain to you what the potential consequences of liposuction may be. Take your time when deciding on liposuction treatment. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Two weeks before the operation, you should begin preparing the areas to be treated with skin-firming lotion every day (e.g. Terproline Body by Synchroline®). Before treatment, we will fit you with a compression corset, which is put on in the operating room after the procedure. 

Where is the operation performed?

Liposuction can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending on the finding and your wishes. If you have outpatient surgery, you must rest a while and then may go home. You may not drive yourself. You may also be admitted to our partner clinic for care. This is necessary for larger procedures or pre-existing conditions that require regular medical care.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

In our preparatory meetings, we discuss the various types of anesthesia. The type that will be used for your procedure depends on the type and extent of liposuction you have.

You have the option of local anesthesia with twilight sleep. If a general anesthesia is planned, you will be examined by an anesthesiologist before the procedure to determine what kind of anesthesia you can have. Of course, the anesthesiologist is present to monitor anesthesia during the entire operation.

How is the operation done?

We use only water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL). A fine water jet very gently detaches the fatty tissue from the remaining tissue. A small suction needle is inserted into the tissue via millimeter-wide channels. It contains a second channel with which the water that has been injected and the detached fat can be suctioned off. The advantage of the WAL technique is that the tissue is not bloated with fluids and the results can be assessed during the operation. 

What is the follow-up treatment?

We recommend wearing the special compression garments for six weeks. In this time, you should not engage in sports or strenuous activity. Careful skin care (e.g. Terproline Body by Synchroline®) helps you skin regain elasticity.

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