<^ ■ The patient is monitored for 24 h after the operation, during which time j he or she should move about as much as possible (1 h lying down,

20 min walking up and down in the room so that the tumescent fluid drains).

■ On the 1st postoperative day the entire dressing is changed and a compression girdle is fitted before counteracts swelling and pain and to help adapt the skin to the changed contours of the body. This compression girdle also encourages the skin to tighten and should be worn for at least 4 weeks after the operation.

■ Two weeks after the operation the skin can be treated with moisturizing body lotion, massaged gently on a daily basis into the areas of skin treated. Physical exertion, sport, and exposure to direct sunlight are permitted after 4 weeks.

We recommend training in the gym after liposuction. A "top body" or "washboard stomach" can normally only be achieved by liposuction in combination with strenuous physical training, not by liposuction alone.

With the help of liposuction, fat cells are permanently removed. Since the fat cells do not grow back, liposuction treatment produces a permanent effect. However, further changes to the shape of the body are possible. The results of the operation are dependent on the patient's general health, the condition of the skin, the patient's age and weight, and the hormonal content of the body, among other things. In particular, significant weight gain caused by nutrition will result in the layer of adipose tissue increasing again even in the treated area, as the remaining fat cells will fill out. Occasionally, wavelike unevenness or dimples become visible on the surface of the skin, but these usually reduce again within 6 months.

As with all aesthetic procedures, corrective operations may be necessary if the results of the treatment do not meet the patient's expectations or if an unsatisfactory aesthetic result is produced because of wound-healing disturbances, infections, postoperative bleeding, etc.

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