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Liposuction in the Philippines

Are you feeling depressed lately because when you look in the mirror you see flabby thighs and arms, a sagging chin and a tubby tummy? You have tried mountain climbing, jogging and enrolled in aerobics and taebo classes, and eat a healthy diet …but still nothing worked.  Now you decided to end your problem by trying cosmetic surgery. If so, Liposuction is for you.


Liposuction also known as lipectomy is a surgical technique that can help redefine the body by removing unwanted fat deposits from the chin, neck, upper arms, chest, hips, tummy, waist, buttocks, thighs, knees, ankles and calves. It basically targets the areas of fat bulges or irregularities that cannot be removed by diet and exercise. However, the best results are achieved on persons who are of normal weight with firm, elastic skin or who have pockets of excess fat in specific areas and are not grossly over weight. Liposuction surgery aims to improve body shape rather than helping with weight loss, or cure for general obesity.

Before liposuction procedure, you will have an initial patient consultation with Dr. Alonzo, which will include a history, physical exam and psychological evaluation, and may order blood test to determine clotting time and bleeding time, etc. It is important that the person opting for this procedure should be in good general health and free of heart or lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain allergies.
Dr. Alonzo will also discuss with you how the procedure is done, the benefits and advantages, including the possible risks and complications, among others. He encourages his patients to ask questions, and that they are also satisfied with his answers to those questions. He believes that it is the right of every patient to be properly informed to prepare him or her during the pre-operative preparations up to the post-operative care. He points out that liposuction can help enhance your physical appearance and self-confidence, but it will probably not give you your ideal body. 

The Liposuction surgery:

Dr. Benjamin Tan Alonzo has performed hundreds of major liposuction cases with proven safe record. Our patients have enjoyed great results with no major complications. Liposuction is done in an accredited hospital with a 1-day 1-night stay. However, liposuction of smaller volumes is usually done at the clinic as an outpatient. Liposuction operation takes from 60 minutes up to three hours, but extensive procedures can take longer. The length of time required to perform the procedure varies with the amount of fat that is to be removed and the number of areas to be treated, and also with the manner in which the anesthetic is injected. Dr. Alonzo states that they (surgeons) consider liposuction a mild surgical procedure. “Besides the anesthesia, you are either asleep or lightly asleep when it is done, so don’t worry about the pain. Focus on the outcome, how good it can make you look and feel, but don’t expect too much because there are limits to what liposuction can accomplish. Due to all recent advances, we can now precisely target fat areas which help to reduce recovery period of our patients, and healing can occur quickly.” Stitches will be removed in 5 to 10 days. Antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent infection.

What can I expect after the surgery?

The recovery period is very short. Our patients are able to return to work within 4 to 5 days. We advise a special garment (girdle) to be worn for 3 weeks to assist in the final shaping of the tissue due from liposuction. There will be swelling and bruising, but these will subside within three weeks; however, you may still have some swelling several months later. Swelling is a result of excess fluid and blood accumulation, and generally comes from not wearing the compression garments.

Sensations such as numbness or tingling, and pain are common during the first few days after the surgery, but it can be managed with medications. Dr. Alonzo suggests their patients to walk as soon as possible after surgery to help prevent blood clots from forming in their legs. After the first week, most exercise is permitted, except for jogging and high-impact aerobics. Swimming also can be started one week following liposuction. However, more strenuous exercise should also be avoided for about a month after the surgery. He will check your progress through follow-up visits after 5 to 7 days following your surgery.

Some people also gain weight after the surgery, but don’t be bothered. This is just due to the increase of fluid from surgery.  You will start to feel better after about 1 or 2 weeks. By three to four weeks after the surgery, a good amount of healing has taken place, but improvement will not become more visible until about 4 to 6 weeks. You will notice that as the weeks passed, your new body shape is beginning to emerge, unbelievable as it may seems!

You can help maintain your new shape by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly coupled with healthy lifestyle too. A contoured body shape compliments a healthy looking skin, so to speak. You may want to stop smoking too…the better.

Note:

Pre- operative laboratory works is required for this procedure. Laboratory test needed includes: Clotting time bleeding time, Chest X-ray, CBC w/ platelet count, FBS and ECG. Medical clearance from cardiologist is also required.

 

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