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Liposuction in Iran

Liposuction is the reason why celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Jessica Alba have the body shape everyone desires. The procedure helps with getting rid of the stubborn fat accumulated in specific zones of the body that won’t go away using regular weight loss methods. Now, thanks to the refined techniques and modern technology, it is now more accessible than ever. Liposuction as a treatment is widely popular in Iran due to the existence of high-quality equipment, expert doctors and reasonable prices. If you are considering undergoing lipo surgery, it's vital that you know liposuction's fundamentals. 

What is liposuction?

Liposuction or "lipo" surgery is the procedure of removing excess fat deposits in specific areas of the body. Sometimes, even extreme diet or exercise can't help get rid of accumulated fat in some areas of the body such as waist, abdomen, arms or thighs. Liposuction is a treatment dealing with the localized accumulation of fat. It is important to note that liposuction is not an alternative to diet or exercise. Lipo surgery is a simple but efficient procedure offering people the contoured, sculpted body they yearn.

What can liposuction do?

The fat in some areas of your body like saddlebag or paunchy stomach is not responsive to regular weight loss tactics. These cases are sometimes treated with liposuction for contouring and sculpting. Liposuction procedure results are normally observed immediately and little to no scars will be left.

What liposuction cannot do

  • Lipo is not a weight loss procedureor a treatment for obesity
  • It does not affect cellulite
  • It is not a substitute for diet and exercise

Liposuction for fat transfer

One additional benefit of liposuction is fat grafting for reusing it in other areas of the body. The fat that is unwanted in some area like thighs or arms can enhance other areas such as breast or butt. The surgeon uses liposuction to extract the fat and then injects the fat into some other area. For instance, breast augmentation can benefit from this technique for a more natural outcome.

How does liposuction work? 

Liposuction helps to contour and shape areas of the body with excess fat using a suction tube called cannula. Lipo procedure may take place in the doctor's office or a surgery center. When large amounts of fat are required to be removed, the surgery might be carried out in a hospital. The procedure might differ depending on the method and techniques that are being used. The fundamentals, however, are the same. 

  1. Preparation: the surgeon marks the area of the body that needs to be removed. She/he might also take some pictures of the area.
  2. Anesthesia: the nature of your surgery will determine the kind of anesthesia that is used. Generally, surgeons will go with local anesthesia; but, for removing a large volume of fat, general anesthesia could be a better option.
  3. Incision: your surgeon will make some small incisions near the area of treatment to insert the cannula through them. These incisions are subtle and are unlikely to leave scars.
  4. Procedure: a narrow tube will be inserted through the incisions and after the excess fat is loosened, it is suctioned by the cannula. Depending on the area treated and the technique of the procedure, the entire surgery could take under an hour or up to 3 hours.

which liposuction method is the best?

The liposuction procedure is carried out using different methods and new techniques are introduced annually. It's not easy to say which method is the best; however, reading about each one helps you decide better.

Dry technique

The first technique of liposuction procedure that involves inserting the cannula directly through the area where the fat is to be removed. This technique consists of blood loss being 20-45% of the aspirated fat. It was considered a successful procedure until more modern techniques came along.

Tumescent liposuction

Also known as the wet technique, this method is a common technique which quickly replaced the dry method. In the tumescent method, a sterile anesthetic solution usually containing saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine is injected into the area to streamline the procedure of suctioning excess fat. With tumescent lipo, local anesthesia is possible and surgeons no longer are required to practice general anesthesia. The advantages of this method include:

  • Less pain
  • More safety
  • Less blood loss
  • Quicker recovery time

Vaser lipo or Ultrasonic-assisted lipo (UAL)

This technique uses sound waves' energy to rupture the extra fat cells. In other words, it liquefies the fat so that it is easier to be suctioned. VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) liposuction is a brand that uses this technique of lipo and is in combination with the tumescent method. It uses the same anesthetic solution as Tumescent does; but as a result of the Ultrasound waves energy, the vibration loosens the fat and the surrounding tissues are less damaged. However, not everyone is a good candidate for ultrasound-assisted liposuction. You can simply contact our specialists to check if you are the right candidate. This method: 

  • Gets rid of the stubborn fibrous fat
  • Increases skin contraction and tightening
  • Has relatively fewer risks

Laser-assisted liposuction

Another main liposuction method is carried out with the assistance of LASER technology. Similar to Ultrasound-assisted lipo, this technique uses technology to loosen and liquidity the stubborn fat of a specific area of the body. In this method, by helping the production of collagen in the skin, the overall firmness of the skin will be secured.SMART™ is the brand that is known for using the technology. Its benefits include: 

  • Tightening the skin
  • Eliminating fibrous tissue
  • Minimized damage to surrounding tissue

where can liposuction be done?

People can benefit from lipo for different areas of their body. Some popular zones where liposuction can be done to remove extra fat include:

  • Waist and Flanks: this area is commonly known as love handles. But ironically, many people (men and women alike) tend to hate these love handles. Since this area has skin elasticity, it is the optimal section for having successful liposuction results.
  • Upper arms: "arm jiggle" occurs not only with weight gain but also by aging. Women, in particular, are affected by this condition and many go for lipo surgery to see quickoutcomes. Liposuction helps with tightening the skin of the area and providing a youthful look.
  • Abdomen: the abdomen area and the lower abdomen, in particular, is a frequently treated area for patients who are seeking a slimmer and sleeker profile by reshaping their stomach. In case the amount of fat is too large, a tummy tuck or lower body lift might be more appropriate options.
  • Hips: a great number of women strive for a feminine silhouetteHips liposuction helps with removing excess fat from the area and maintaining a contoured look.
  • Thighs: the so-called "saddlebags", located on the outer thighs, can be treated by liposuction. Lipo can also be performed on inner thighs in order to provide the desired gap between thighs.
  • Chest: liposuction of the chest is common not only among women but also a frequent procedure for men who are experiencing loss of muscle or are suffering from gynecomastia.
  • Face: Face liposuction commonly treats cheeks, chin, neckline, and jawline. Facial lipo, also known as submental liposuction, can be carried out along with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift or Botox. Lipo could also be used as a treatment for treating double chin.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Basically, if you have fat deposits in particular areas of your body which aren't responsive to regular exercise and diet, lipo surgery could be an ideal option. 

You are a good candidate if you:

  • Have a BMI under 30 and struggle with excess fat in certain areas.
  • Have a good muscle tone and firm, elastic skin.
  • Have specific and realistic expectations about your body contour.
  • Are 18 years of age or older.

You are NOT a good candidate if you:

  • Have life-threatening diseases or medical conditions which might impair the healing process.
  • Are a heavy smoker
  • Suffer from diabetes, blood pressure and heart problems.
  • Are allergic to lidocaine.

How much does liposuction cost?

The cost of lipo surgery depends on many aspects. For instance, removing extra fat from larger areas like the buttocks will cost more. Moreover, chin, cheeks, and jawline are more expensive as they are complex areas for undergoing lipo procedure. Some of the factors determining the cost of liposuction surgery are as follows:

  • Area of treatment
  • The country the surgery is performed in
  • The technique used to undergo the procedure
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room facilities and expenses

Benefits of Liposuction in Iran

As one of the 5 most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world, liposuction is carried out across many countries. Since the procedure is an outpatient one, many people choose to undergo liposuction abroad to save money. Nowadays, more highly-accredited doctors are using their expertise to treat patients from all around the world. Some countries such as Thailand, Turkey, India, and Iran are popular destinations for lipo surgery; given the price of liposuction procedures in these countries is 50% to 70% lower than that of the US or the UK where liposuction costs $4000 on average.

Iran is not only exceedingly cheap for undergoing liposuction procedure, but also with board-certified surgeons and advanced clinics and hospitals, it is the perfect place for the optimal outcome you deserve. Some major benefits of choosing Iran as your destination are as follows:

  • Price:
    • India: starting from $2000
    • Thailand: starting from $1500
    • Turkey: starting from $1200
    • Iran: starting from $835
  • Highly Qualified Medical Service: Medical studies in Iran are world-class. Students from countries such as India, Turkey or Russia flock to Iran to study in its medical schools. As a result, you can find many Iranian surgeons not only in Iran but also in countries like the US or Germany.
  • Cultural Features: Although Iran's extraordinary history and culture are known to many people, the country is still capable of surprising every tourist who comes across. By choosing Iran as your destination, you are already saving a huge amount of money. You can save more by going on a little site-seeing before or after your surgery.

What You need to do before liposuction?

  1. Choose your surgeon wisely: The outcome of your liposuction surgery hugely relies on the surgeon. Always consult about the techniques, complications, and your expectations with specialists and ask for the before and after pictures of the surgeon's previous cases. You can count on a free, online consultation with our specialists wherever you are.
  2. Refrain from Blood-thinning medications: medicines such as Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or Warfarin should be prohibited one week prior to the surgery.
  3. Stop smoking: smoking increases post-op risks and complications.
  4. Get Medical Evaluations: before the surgery, your surgeon might advise you to get lab tests or evaluations like the ECG or Ultrasonic imaging.

liposuction post-surgery recovery and aftercare

  • Do not start your strenuous physical activity until at least 4 days after the surgery. In most cases, the liposuction recovery downtime is quick
  • You might need to wear elastic bandages or compression garments to control swelling and compress the skin to the new body contours.
  • You must take the antibiotics and other prescribed medications strictly.
  • Keep the incisions clean by showering and washing them with soap and water.
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet consisting of nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates, And Not to mention, vegetables and fruits.
  • Drink plenty of water post-op to keep hydrated.

FAQ

Does liposuction leave a scar?

Lipo leaves relatively fewer scars compared to its alternatives. The bruising will diminish in a couple of weeks. The surgeon will make one or more incisions for inserting the cannula. Since these incisions are as small as your pinky fingernail, the scars won't be visible or none will be left at all. 

Does liposuction hurt?

In most cases, the surgeon will go with local anesthesia. You could feel some pressures and movements in the area but the local anesthesia along with the injected anesthetic solution prevents any sensations of pain. 

Is liposuction safe?

Every surgery has its share of risks. Liposuction's risks include infection, fat embolism, or numbness. Moreover, for women who have had a C-section, it is recommended to undergo lipo no sooner than 2 months after the childbirth. However, some risks can be prevented if you stop smoking, refrain from blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory drugs, and make sure the surgery takes place somewhere with high professional standards and safety

Will liposuction leave loose skin?

Loose skin after liposuction is usually temporary and fixable. However, it depends on your age, skin elasticity and the volume of fat that needs removing. For those cases that the risk of having loose skin is high, a skin lift operation is also advised by the Doctor.

Are liposuction results permanent?

As stated earlier, the liposuction procedure is not a weight loss treatment. The fat cells removed during the surgery won't return; however, if you don't maintain a healthy diet and activity, you will regain fat.

Should I get liposuction or a tummy tuck?

liposuction helps when you want to fix and contour some particular areas of your body; however, for treating loose abdominal muscles or skin below the belly button, a tummy tuck is a better option. Furthermore, a tummy tuck is performed on the abdominal area only, whereas, liposuction can be carried out on any area with excess fat.

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