Liposuction is a popular and effective plastic surgery
procedure that basically helps to remove extra and stubborn fat from the body.
People choose the solution of liposuction to improve the shape or contours of
their body, especially if they can’t get rid of their fat deposits despite all
of their strict diet and exercise. The body parts that patients usually want to
get rid of excess fat are the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, arms, neck, or
back. Although liposuction isn’t a weight loss treatment, as it leads patients
to maintain a stable weight, it can provide them a lighter, healthier and more
Who Is This For?
30 minutes - 2 hours
Potential Risks & Side Effects
How Does it Work?
Liposuction is a very popular procedure among both men and women. This procedure aims to remove stubborn fat tissue which people can’t get rid of with diets and exercises. It can be performed on the face, hips, abdomen, tights and buttocks either alone or in combination with a facelift or tummy tuck.
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How Many Types of Liposuction are There?
There are 4 types of liposuction, and these are:
Tumescent liposuction: This is the most common type of liposuction. During the procedure, your surgeon will inject a sterile solution that helps remove fat, an anesthetic (lidocaine) to relieve pain, and a drug that causes your blood vessels to contract (epinephrine).
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL): In this type of liposuction, the surgeon will use a cannula which uses sound waves to rupture the fat cells. Since the fat will be liquified, it will be easier to suck the fat out.
Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL): During LAL, your surgeon will use a laser to rupture the fat cells to liquefy them. Once the cells are liquefied, the surgeon will remove them.
Water-jet assisted liposuction: This type requires the surgeon to use pressurized saline. The saline stream will be used to loosen the fat cells instead of rupturing them. This will make the fat removal process smoother and quicker.
What Does Liposuction Surgery Involve?
Once you have decided to undergo Liposuction, we will plan and customize the whole procedure so as to suit your personal preferences, needs, and the clinics’ practices. When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your Liposuction surgeon. Part of the discussions will be about your expectations and goals. Here is what you should expect during the Liposuction procedure:
1. Taking the Anesthesia
Liposuction can be done while you are under local anesthetic, but if the surgery is too complex and it requires the surgeon to remove a large amount of fat from multiple locations, your surgeon can opt for general anesthesia.
2. Making the incisions
Once you are anesthetized, your surgeon will start the procedure by making small incisions on the predetermined areas. The incisions will be minimal and tiny, this also translates to minimal scarring. If your surgery involves complementary surgeries such as tummy tuck, then your surgeon can make large incisions.
3. Reduction of the fat tissues
After your surgeon makes the incisions, the next step is to remove unwanted fat. This is done using medical tube known as the cannula. The surgeon will loosen the fat tissue by moving the cannula back and forth. This makes it easy to suction the fat cells.
4. Assisted techniques
Your surgeon may use ultrasound or laser-assisted techniques to make the suction process easier as these techniques liquefy the fat cells.
5. Closing the incision sites
After removing the fat deposits, your surgeon will suture the incisions. Your surgeon may decide to put temporary drain tubes underneath the skin so as to drain excess fluid. This also helps minimizes the risk of being infected.
6. Check-up after the operation
When the operation is done, you will have to spend the first night at the hospital –under the supervision of a well-trained medical assistants. In the next day, your surgeon will make post-op check-ups, and it is during this period that you will be given instructions to follow during the recovery period.
What Should I Expect after Liposuction Surgery?
Things You Should Do Before Surgery
Is Liposuction Painful?
Patients don’t feel any pain during the liposuction surgery because it requires going under anesthesia for the procedure. Possible postoperative pain can easily relieve with the help of prescribed medicines.
Is Liposuction Safe?
Although it looks like an easy and relatively safer cosmetic procedure, Liposuction carries major risks as well. It's not a weight loss surgery, and there are certain requirements to be a good candidate for it. Patients should choose an experienced and certified plastic surgeon and clinic for the procedure and get informed about all of the potential complications and risks before the surgery.
How Long Does It Take to See Results After Liposuction?
Liposuction typically causes postoperative swelling. The majority of swelling improve after four weeks up to a few months, and the final result will not be visible until the swelling is gone.
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