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The REGGAZZO Clinic

Formed by a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Marco Aurélio K. Reggazzo, it aims to offer the best of its staff in benefit of the patient.

LIPOSCULPTURE

LIPOSCULPTURE is a plastic surgery procedure that uses special cannulas to remove (through suction) the fat in the subcutaneous layer of the skin. It can also be defined as the technique that can both remove the fat from the tissues and inject and fill some parts of the body at the same time. Both procedures are generally and popularly simply called "lipo". The main goal of a LIPOSCULPTURE is the removal of local fat. When indicated, the removed fat is used for filling some parts of the body like the "butts", lateral deformity on the thighs, inner part of the thighs, etc.

Currently we have developed a fat filling technique with a minimum rate of absorption (around 18% of the injected volume). With this new technique, besides removing protuberances and local fat, we can also fill and increase certain parts of the body like the "butts" effectively.

The goal of a LIPOSCULPTURE is to improve the contour of the body. It cannot be the solution for weight loss or problems resulting from a sedentary life. On the contrary, if we associate a "lipo" with weight loss and the practice of exercises, the results can be accumulative and extraordinary. The LIPOSCULPTURE is not a surgery to be faced as a trivial procedure. It must be performed in a hospital or in a clinic with the most appropriate equipment and the most skilled professionals.

This procedure is usually performed with epidural anesthesia, but sometimes also with general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is used only for a "lipo" in small areas. Patients usually stay in hospital for one day. They are allowed to go home wearing a compressive garment, which must be worn in the next 30 days. Wearing this garment is necessary to promote a uniform retraction (shrinkage) of the skin.

Bruises, swelling and soreness are expected to occur in the immediate post-operative period. However, pain is something very personal and can be defeated with powerful painkillers. After a week the stitches are removed and a series of manual lymphatic drainage is started. The lymphatic drainage is performed in order to relieve the pain, decrease the swelling and stimulate the retraction of the skin. After three weeks we can see approximately 70-80 % of the results. However, we can only see the final results 4 to 6 months after the surgical procedure.