FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

1. ¿How long is the liposuction surgery post-Op recovery time?

Time to recovery from a liposuction surgery takes approximately 14 days. Results are not seen at first time here, but if everything goes well, you are allowed to travel or return to a desk type-job.

2. ¿May I choose to do a liposuction or a tummy tuck surgery?

It should not be a patient´s decision. It is the surgeon with a wide knowledge and experience who analyzes the excess skin, its quality and the presence of stretch marks. In case a patient does a liposuction instead of a tummy tuck, the patient might have negative results, irregular surface, wrinkles and excess of loose skin.

3. ¿Does Laser liposuction technique avoid using cannula?

No, it does not. Laser is introduced in the tip of a cannula generating heat, and then requires the same procedure of taking out fat which requires a traditional lipo.

4. ¿How many liposuctions may I do?

Every time a liposuction aspiration is done, a reaction in the internal tissue is produced. It is similar to a scar. This will always make more difficult the insertion of the cannula through the fibrous tissue that replaces the fatty one.

Ideally, depending on the case, is to have one or two liposuction surgeries with a very expert surgeon besides a regimen of diet and exercise.

5. ¿Does a plastic surgery guarantee a well-defined stomach?

Depending on the case, a patient can get a well-defined stomach or not as well-defined. It absolutely depends on a well performed surgery.

The factors that make abdomen up and a belly pronounced are:

  1. Fat intra-abdominal accumulation. A healthy and balanced diet must be done to reduce this kind of fat.
  2. Abdominal looseness muscles: Regular exercise is required to tone up.
  3. Separation of abdominal muscles: This is improved with a suitable tummy tuck technique.
  4. Subcutaneous fat: This part is improved with the lipo surgery.
  5. Abdominal distension by the act of eating a meal or digestive disorders. This also may occur in thin patients.
6. ¿May I gain weight twice after a liposuction surgery?

Liposuction surgery does not affect metabolism for better or worse. Excess fat is removed and the patient has to do a diet so if he/she eats twice, will gain weight double.

7. ¿Is it local anesthetic better to apply for a lipo?

Liposuction is a surgery with well-known risks. In addition, if higher doses of local anesthetics are applied to vacuum in many areas, toxicity and risk will increase.

8. ¿Is an Anesthesiologist needed?

Definitely yes. If you are offered to have a surgery without an anesthesiologist, you will not have a specialized person who takes care of your life. Possible complications associated with a surgery may happen. Anesthesiologist can be absent only in minor surgical procedures.

9. ¿Can scars be removed?

No, a scar will always be a scar. It can change in terms of thickness and color to become a mature scar with a skin tone and smooth texture.

10. ¿On what depends a good healing scarring process?

It mainly depends on nutritional, genetic (inherited) factors, type of skin, location of the scar, general care, and finally a good surgical technique.

11. ¿How long do breast implants last?

There is not an exact answer based on reliable clinical studies. It is recommended to schedule for breast imaging. Mammogram or ultrasound should be taken every year (after 40 years of age) and visit specialist for close implants monitoring.

Breast implants with international quality certifications (FDA, ANVISA, CE, ETC) offer lifetime guarantees for change in case of damage, which does not mean they last a lifelong.

12. ¿What is the right age for facelift surgery?

The answer to this question varies based on the individual. Nowadays, it is suitable not to wait to have signs of facial aging so the changes do not look so dramatic. Depending on the skin types, race and age, the specialist can determine whether full technique, mini lifting or other non-surgical procedures performed in conjunction would work best for a 45 year old patient.

13. ¿How painful is rhinoplasty?

It is not at all. The patient´s main complaint is the feeling of nasal congestion discomfort that prevents normal breathing for about two weeks, like when the patient has flu. This improves over time.

14. ¿How to choose a plastic surgeon in Colombia?

The term plastic surgeon includes training in the reconstructive and aesthetics field. To perform a plastic surgery, the surgeon must be a professional physician, in Colombia it means to be a general practitioner and then perform a four-year specialization in plastic surgery. There is a Colombian association that is responsible to verify the degrees and credentials of who want to become members, it also demands permanent update. In Colombia is known as Colombian plastic surgery association. ( www.cirugiaplastica.org.co).

15. ¿Can badly called bio polymers be removed COMPLETELY from the body?

Absolutely not. Biopolymer is a material injected by unscrupulous person. This substance can migrate to deeper anatomical structures. To remove totally, it is necessary to amputate muscles, skin, fat tissue or any other area where the material has expanded.

16. ¿Where does the surgery is perform?

It must be performed in an accredited hospital setting that meets established standards for quality and safety so in case of any complications, surgeon has tools and processes to react correctly and stabilize the patient.

17. ¿Do Botox deform the face?

No, there is a mistake when people think that botulinum toxin (for instance Botox brand) is a filler for wrinkles. It acts by preventing the muscle from contracting by dragging the skin and forming the wrinkle. When we see some patients deformities very surely it is because they have placed non-absorbable fillers with bad technique or in exaggerated amounts. The Botulina toxin is not a filler, so it will not produce this kind of lumps.

18. ¿Why do patients die in plastic surgery?

All surgeries carry risks due to different factors such as anesthesia, drug interactions, blood loss and electrolytes that temporarily alter circulation in the operated areas.

Not giving complete information to the anesthesiologist increases the risks. Make a careful selection of the surgeon, ask for pre-operative test, operate in accredited clinics with trained personnel and suitable equipment decrease risks but never disappear.

Follow the instructions of the surgeon in the post-operative avoid complications.

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