Liposuction

Liposuction procedures are in high-demand around the world. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), nearly 183,000 liposuction procedures were performed in Brazil in 2015. Rio de Janeiro is responsible for a significant amount of Brazil’s plastic surgery operations. Since this is one of Dr. Alexandre Charão’s most common procedures, receiving liposuction under his care is very safe. He has a proven high success rate among patients and works hard to understand each patient’s individual needs and aesthetic goals.

Body Contouring

After weight loss, you may need liposuction to sculpt and contour your body to achieve desired results. Even though liposuction kills and removes fat cells, patients should lose as much weight on their own before seeking surgery. This routine procedure is common for people who need additional help to fully realize their dream body. Dr. Alexandre Charão frequently performs liposuction on patients. It is a very low-risk procedure that delivers fast results.

Your Initial Consultation

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

As you are researching liposuction procedures, it is important for you to define your expectations. During your initial consultation, you can discuss various options which will work for your goals and current situation. To help Dr. Alexandre Charão understand your needs, you should send him photos of your stomach and other areas of concern. 

Ideal Candidates

Liposuction is for both men and women who wish to treat lipodystrophy (abnormal accumulation of fat in localized areas). It is only recommended for people who can not lose this extra fat on their own. Liposuction should not be used for rapid weight loss purposes. The procedure is good for stubborn problem areas like love handles and a bulging waistline. After receiving liposuction, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Enhanced Silhouette

To achieve natural proportions, the size of a patient’s limbs and torso are calculated. Dr. Alexandre Charão also evaluates skin firmness surrounding bulging areas. Along with reducing body mass, the primary goal of the procedure is to improve a patient’s overall silhouette and form. The Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery advises that no more than 5% of a patient’s total body weight should be removed. Dr. Alexandre Charão takes these precautions very seriously and is focused on delivering proper results for each patient.

Hospitalization Time and Information

Not including preparation and recovery time, liposuction usually takes 1-3 hours. To ensure a safe operation, the medical team installs monitors, cleans the skin, applies compression socks, and creates venous access. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Alexandre Charão can usually safely discharge patients either on the same or following day. Liposuction procedures require either local or epidural anesthesia. It is important to avoid any weight loss medication for at least ten days before surgery, including diuretics. Make sure you do not have any social, work, or other obligations for at least 45 days after receiving liposuction.

Postoperative Recovery

During the first few weeks (sometimes months) following a liposuction procedure, there will be swelling and bruising. The bruises usually disappear after 10-14 days, and swelling goes down after 3 months. To help reduce swelling and increase circulation, wearing compression garments for at least 30 days is highly advised. Regularly scheduled lymphatic drainage procedures also helps speed up the healing process. Patients should not expect to see final results until 6 to 9 months after surgery.

  • Avoid strenuous activities for at least 8 days.
  • After you are discharged, make sure to move around as much as possible to increase circulation.
  • Do not expose yourself to extreme weather conditions, including direct sunlight, for at least a week after surgery.
  • Return to Dr. Alexandre Charão’s clinic for follow-up appointments and check-ups.
  • If you are planning to start a weight-loss plan, wait until after you are ready to leave Rio de Janeiro.
  • Dr. Alexandre Charão recommends a high protein diet consisting of meat, eggs, and milk.

Scarring caused by liposuction is minimal. Most scars are only 5mm-8mm in size and are usually unobtrusive. Painkillers are administered after surgery to alleviate any discomfort. However, it is common to experience slight pain for up to a week after surgery. Patients who need to quickly resume work or are extra sensitive will receive laser liposuction.

Total Cost and Before & After Photos

Congratulations, if you have read this far, then you are really committed to receiving a liposuction procedure. Your next step should be to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Alexandre Charão. During this 1 hour meeting, he will disclose further details, including total cost. Most international patients can save 50-70% by traveling to Brazil for surgery.

If you would like to see how your body can improve with this procedure, Dr. Alexandre Charão is happy to send you past patient before and after photos via e-mail. You can contact him at alex@plasticrio.com.

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