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Overview

Liposuction is a common cosmetic surgery performed to remove stubborn fat from the skin. It is also known as lipoplasty and suction-assisted lipectomy. This procedure is performed by an experienced cosmetologist or anaesthetist to give a sculpted look to the body and beautify the overall look of the individual with proper contouring.

Liposuction is not meant for weight reduction. Large amounts of fat cannot be removed by this process. A maximum of a quart (litre) can be removed through liposuction surgery. It is not meant for cellulite removal. For such results, liposhaving is more effective. However, many surgeons believe that the areas containing cellulite may improve in appearance after liposuction is performed.

There can be regions of the skin that have localized fat. Such regions may include calves, abdomen, thighs, and arms. If these regions are resistant to diet and exercise, then a liposuction surgery is performed to remove them.

Liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic treatment among both men and women. It aims to extract the extra fat through a suction device to give a more toned look to the body. The finishing of such surgeries is extremely important.

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Before the Treatment

  • Go for a consultation with the cosmetic surgeon and discuss in detail about your requirement.
  • Undergo a thorough medical evaluation or lab testing, as advised by the surgeon.
  • Stop smoking at least weeks before the surgery. This will help with faster recovery.
  • Inform the surgeon about any herbal supplements or any medications that you are taking. You may be required to stop all medications, including painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and aspiring before the surgery. 
  • Take antibiotics as prescribed by the surgeon.
  • Follow the dietary advice given by the surgeon before the surgery.

How it is Performed

Liposuction surgery is performed by creating small and really inconspicuous incisions. A typical liposuction procedure involves the following steps:

  • Specific medications are administered to relieve any discomfort that may be experienced during the procedure. This may include local or general anaesthesia or a sedative.
  • A diluted local anaesthesia is administered to the target body part.
  • A thin hollow tube or a cannula is inserted into the vein to loosen excess fat. This is done using back and forth motion.
  • The dislodged fat is then sucked out of the body using a surgical vacuum or a syringe that created effective suction.

These days, the use of laser lipo and vaser liposuction is quite common. Both of these are advanced techniques that allow for minimal invasion and discomfort and faster recovery. 

In laser lipo, laser light is used to break down the fat cell walls, which allows the fatty oil to seep out and distort the cells that are subsequently removed. The laser light also coagulates the small blood vessels in the deeper layers, thus minimizing the risk of bleeding and bruising.

 

In vaser liposuction, also known as liposelection, ultrasonic energy is transformed into vibration energy, which is transferred to the fat cells. These cells are then shaken and mixed with a fluid prepared by the surgeon prior to the surgery. This emulsified mixture containing fat and water is then removed through suction with the help of small cannulas.

Recovery

  • The person must wear a support garment for the next two to three weeks after the surgery.
  • In case calves and ankles have been treated, supportive hose must be worn for at least 6 weeks.
  • The support garments are allowed to be removed while bathing 24 hours after the surgery. The support garments can prevent swelling, which is obvious after the surgery for at least 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Metal stitches and staples used to close the incision will be removed a day or two after the surgery.
  • Minor bleeding and seepage are common. It can be reduced by wearing an elastic garment.
  • There may be slight pain and soreness in the operated regions. However, it should subside within 10 to 14 days and people can resume duty after two weeks.

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FAQ

Q: What is the liposuction cost?

A: The cost of liposuction surgery depends on several factors. For example, it depends on the extent of the area that needs to be treated with the help of the procedure. Additionally, it depends on the approach used to treat the area – traditional approach, laser surgery, or vaser technology.

Q: What are the parts of the body that can be treated by liposuction?

A: Women usually opt for liposuction for the enhanced appearance of their breasts, hips, abdomen, cheeks, and outer, anterior, and inner thighs. On the other hand, men usually concentrate on toning of the chin, flanks, abdominal, and neck area.

Q: Who should undergo liposuction?

A: Any individual with elastic but firm skin with localized pockets of fat and characteristic cellulite in concentrated regions are ideal candidates for liposuction. People who are young are more eligible to undergo the procedure since they have more elastic skin along with good blood circulation. If the presence of fat is more generalized and distributed, then such a candidate is not considered ideal for the surgery. The candidates should be in good general health and free of any heart or lung disease. 

Q: How long will the effects last?

A:The effects are permanent but it also means one must lead a healthy lifestyle and have a balanced diet coupled with a good amount of exercise to keep fit throughout one’s lifetime.

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