MEDICAL PROCEDURES > BODY SCULPTING
Body sculpting refers to a group of surgical techniques (liposuction, laser lipolysis, liposculpture) which aim at improving the shape and volume of the body contour, especially in the treatment of lipodistrophic areas. It is ideal for eliminating localised accumulations of fat and for discrete alterations of body weight.
This technique, in high demand in recent years, has been used to mould areas like the breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles of thousands of people, especially women.
This procedure avoids traumatic incisions, stitches, and large scars. The process of body sculpting is typically done under local anaesthesia and does not require hospitalisation. As a general rule, you can return to normal activity the day after the operation. This is an effective, safe, and well tolerated procedure.
The procedure is indicated when a patient wishes to enhance the contour of their body, but it does not solve obesity problems.
Treatment is not recommended for the following patients:
- with an active infection
- pregnant or breastfeeding women
- with bad scarring / coagulation (diabetics, haemophiliacs…)
It is not recommended on psychologically unstable patients. In case of mental disease, it is recommended to wait for a stabilisation with treatment or for its resolution.
Among the most common complications that may appear we can highlight: Possible infections caused by the procedure, abnormal reactions to the anaesthesia and suture materials, injury to deep structures or nerves that control sensitivity to the treated area, burns from the heat or the instruments used during the operation, bleeding and the possible formation of blood clots, asymmetry of the results (this can be corrected), scars from the entrance of the tubes, and flabbiness of the skin in the treated area (this can also be corrected).
This is a procedure individualised for each patient. Depending on the area to be treated, there are different alternatives available. The first is to determine the areas to be treated and evaluate their condition such as the quantity of fat that must be eliminated to obtain a good result. Next, local anaesthesia is applied and a small incision is made in the skin, through which very narrow tubes are inserted, either suction cannulas or an optic fibre (laser), which, once inside the fatty tissue, is able to disintegrate part of the targeted excess fat. After the procedure, the treated area may appear bigger than before, but this is a result of swelling. During the first three weeks, it is recommended to use a girdle or tight elastic which can help reduce bleeding and to hold the skin so that it can adjust to the new contour. The stitches are removed 5 to 10 days after the operation and the physician can prescribe antibiotics to avoid any infection. The final results can be evaluated after ten weeks.
• Dr. Gabriel Serrano Sanmiguel