Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure that can help shape up the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. During the past decade, Liposuction, which is also known as “Lipoplasty” or “Suction Lipectomy”, has benefited from several  refinements.

 

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

There is no universal fat tissue that is present throughout the body. Each individual area of each individual’s body responds differently to diet and exercise. In some patients, there are certain areas that are very resistant to removal via traditional methods. For these patients, removal of the fat via surgical means or liposuction is a valid option that they can pursue. patients who have contour irregularities around their knees, thighs, abdomen, arms, or other areas of their body are optimal candidates for this procedure. Every patient needs to be approached in a systematic fashion in order to achieve the most optimum aesthetic result possible. This procedure is not done as a weight loss procedure but rather to address areas and pockets of fatty tissue and deposits that are resistant to other means.

 

Today, a number of techniques are available to help provide selected patients with precise results and quicker recovery times. Although no type of Liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, Liposuction can remove stubborn areas of unwanted fat in specific anatomic areas.

Anesthesia

Various types of Anesthesia can be used for Liposuction procedures. Taking your opinion into much consideration, a type of Anesthesia that provides the most safe and effective level of comfort for your surgery will be selected.

If only a small amount of fat and a limited number of body sites are involved, Liposuction can be performed under local Anesthesia, which numbs only the affected areas. However, if you prefer, the local Anesthesia is usually used along with intravenous sedation to keep you more relaxed during the procedure. Regional Anesthesia can be a good choice for more extensive procedures. One type of regional Anesthesia is the epidural block, the same type of Anesthesia commonly used in childbirth.

However, for some patients general Anesthesia is indicated, particularly if a large volume of fat is being removed or if several areas of the body are to be worked on. In this case, you will sleep during the procedure.

Surgery

The time required to perform Liposuction may vary considerably, depending on the size of the area, the amount of fat being removed, the type of Anesthesia and the technique used.

There are several Liposuction techniques that can be used to improve the ease of the procedure and to enhance outcome.

Liposuction is a procedure in which localized deposits of fat are removed to re-contour one or more areas of the body. Through a small incision, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking off the fat cells and suctioning them out. The suction action is provided by a vacuum pump or a large syringe, depending on the body site and surgical preference. If many sites are being treated, a logical order will be followed, working to keep incisions as inconspicuous as possible.

Fluid is lost along with the fat, therefore this fluid is replaced by means of intravenous fluids and patients are carefully monitored during and after surgery.

Your new Appearance

You will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling usually disappears and the final contour will be visible.

 Side effects

Temporary swelling, pain, soarness and numbness of skin may occur. Like any other surgical complications in this surgery bleeding, infection scarring and loss of skin may occur which may necessitate second operation.

Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation, or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.