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It can be really frustrating for people who are trying to eliminate excessive pockets of fat accumulated on the thighs, abdomen, flanks, and other body areas. Most of the times, just a balanced diet and exercise are not sufficient to accomplish this task. Therefore, many people across the globe have been turning to the most popular and relatively safer liposuction procedure to achieve more aesthetically looking body contours since more than three decades.

Liposuction also can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures such as abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck” surgery) and breast augmentation.

Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty, lipectomy or liposculpture suction, a type of cosmetic surgery that split up and “sucks” fat from the body. This procedure is usually performed on the thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, back, and calves etc.

Liposuction is performed with the help of a hollow instrument known as Cannula. It is inserted under the skin to remove the fat by applying a powerful, high-pressure vacuum.

The basic aim to perform Liposuction is for the aesthetic purpose only, where the patient wishes to alter or enhance the contour of the body and it does not remove dimples, cellulite, or stretch marks. Sometimes Liposuction is performed to treat certain conditions, such as;

  • Lymphedema- a chronic condition in which excess lymph collects in tissues, causing edema or swelling.
  • Gynecomastia – deposition of fat under the man’s breasts.
  • Lipodystrophy syndrome – fat is accumulated only in one part of the body and absent in another.
  • Severe weight loss after obesity – When morbidly obese people have reduced more than 40 percent of their BMI to cause excessive skin and other abnormalities.
  • Lipomas – In benign fatty tumors.

Although Liposuction helps to alter the body shape through permanent removal of fat cells, and in case the patient does not follow a healthy lifestyle after the procedure, the remaining fat cells will further grow bigger to cause the risk.

Risks Involved:
There are a number of possible risks associated with including infection, scarring, and numbness. Lumpiness or dents may produce in the skin if excessive fat is removed.

Therefore Liposuction should be carried out only after a lot of thought and thorough discussion with the patient.

Selection of Liposuction:
The best candidates for liposuction are those people who are in good health having good skin elasticity and tone. Liposuction is generally avoided in people with diabetes or circulatory problems and weakened immune systems. Also, a person should have attained the age of 18 years.

Types of Liposuction:
In current years, various improved and latest techniques have made liposuction more safe, convenient, and less painful. Some of these latest techniques include:

Tumescent liposuction: In this procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area to insert a tube to perform traditional liposuction is done.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: In this procedure, ultrasound waves are used to liquefy the body fat for its easy removal specifically from the neck, upper and sides of the abdomen, and back.

Laser-assisted liposuction: Here, low-energy waves are used to liquefy the body fat, with the help of a small Cannula.

Steps used to perform Liposuction:

  • As per the type of Liposuction technique used, the patient may be kept under a local or a general anesthesia.
  • A liposuction procedure may last for 1-4 hours. Epidural can be used for treatments on the lower body surrounding the dura around the spine through partially numbing the abdomen and legs.
  • The patient who requires only local anesthesia might be advised to stand up during the procedure to ensure that fat is removed properly.

Liposuction is primarily done as an outpatient procedure in a well-equipped doctor’s clinic or hospital settings. Until unless a large volume of fat is removed, an overnight hospital stay is not required. Patient may or may not be given a tranquilizer to sleep or relax properly.

Usually, most of the infections or swellings settle after about 4 weeks, and the area of fat removal may appear less bulky.

At Mediclinic, our skilled and qualified surgeons and specialists always ensure that every Liposuction procedure is carried out without any serious complications in most patients to allow them pleased with their desired results.

For more information and any question regarding Liposuction book your appointment with our experts.