Liposuction or lipoplasty is a procedure meant for slimming and reshaping specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image. This is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic surgical procedures.
Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the following body parts:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Knee region
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
In some cases, liposuction is performed alone. In other cases it is used along with other plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.
You should know that Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. Liposuction is a surgical procedure done in a fully equipped operation theatre. The procedure can be done under local anaesthesia for small quantities of fat suction or general anaesthesia for large quantities of fat removal. First, the area is injected with fluid containing drugs to aid liposuction. Later on using fine metal cannulas the fat is sucked out without damaging the other tissues. During this procedure you will be closely monitored in the operation theatre. Following the procedure, you will be shifted out to a ward for observation. After a period of adequate observation in the hospital you will be discharged. Following the procedure, you will be asked to use pressure garments to help to control the edema (swelling) in the operated site. The use of the garment is recommended for a period of 3 weeks to 4 months.
Like any other surgery, there are certain risks involved in this procedure. Please ask your plastic surgeon in detail about the risks and potential complications associated with this surgery. You will also be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and are aware of any risks or potential complications.
It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate. The fulfillment you feel from the initial results of liposuction should continue as long as you control your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A significant weight gain can reverse your results. Following liposuction, your slimmer and better-proportioned body should more accurately reflect the healthy and active life you lead.
You need to know that the practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.