Liposuction

belly fat liposuction

Last Updated October 30th, 2023

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure usually administered on individuals with stable body weight to remove unwanted fat deposits where dieting and exercise have failed.

Some of the specific areas of the body where liposuction could be done are the thighs, neck, hips, arms, and buttocks.

Liposuction does not treat obesity and neither is it a weight-loss method. It is done for aesthetic reasons.

If you have cellulite or stretch marks do not expect to remove these with liposuction. However, the procedure helps with improving the contour of your body.

Who might need liposuction?

The following people are considered ideal candidates for liposuction:

  • Individuals with sound muscle tone and firm, elastic skin
  • Individuals of average weight
  • People whose overall health is okay
  • Nonsmokers
  • A person with a realistic goal regarding the results of this procedure
  • Individuals with pockets of fat that fail to respond well to exercise and diet

The following factors can disqualify you as a candidate for liposuction:

  • In case of a body mass index (BMI) that is above 25
  • If your expectations for liposuction are not realistic
  • In case the quality of your skin is poor
  • Underweight people
  • In case of a chronic or life-threatening condition

If you have lost a significant amount of weight, your skin gets loose and saggy.

Liposuction will not improve your appearance. Your plastic surgeon may suggest an excess skin removal procedure to complement liposuction.

Types of liposuctions 

There are various forms of liposuction surgeries on offer by your healthcare provider to meet your varied treatment goals. 

Examples of liposuction surgeries include: 

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)

This form of liposuction involves the use of a metal rod with ultrasonic energy to open up and break down the fat cells.

 

Once liquified, the extra fat is removed from the body. There is an advanced form of UAL with vibration amplification capabilities that enhances the shape of your skin.

 

Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)

This form of liposuction involves the vibration of a thin tube and this helps with the removal of stubborn fat quickly and with ease.

 

There is less swelling and pain after a PAL procedure. Your surgeon may recommend PAL in case they require removing a lot of fat.

 

The technique is also ideal for individuals who have undergone liposuction in the past.

 

Suction-assisted liposuction

In this procedure, your surgeon will make tiny incisions on the part where they desire to remove excess fat.

 

The surgeon will inject a tumescent fluid that consists of two medicines (epinephrine and lidocaine) and saline water.

 

The role of this fluid is to cause swelling and stiffening in the area being treated. The surgeon will then inserts a thin tube or cannula via a small incision and suck out the fluids and fat via a vacuum device.

 

Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL)

This procedure uses a tiny laser beam to liquify fat cells. The broken-down fat cells are thereafter removed via suction.

 

LAL is a minimally invasive procedure that leads to a quicker recovery and less bruising. It is mainly recommended for smaller areas such as the neck.

 

Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL)

This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to liquefy fat.

 

Once broken down, the unwanted fat is removed via a cannula. RFAL is an effective procedure for removing fat that is resistant to exercise and dieting programs.

 

The procedure also enhances body contours by way of tightening the skin. 

Preparing for liposuction surgery

Before liposuction, your healthcare provider with arrange a consultation with your surgeon.

Some of the things that you are likely to discuss with your surgeon during this meeting include:

  • The various types of liposuction and which would suit you best
  • Your skin type
  • The safety and effectiveness
  • The cost of surgery
  • Your overall health
  • Any prescribed medication that you might be taking, or vitamin supplements
  • If you are allergic to any drug, let your surgeon know of this

Make sure you have raised all your concerns or questions that you might have with the surgeon before surgery.

Your surgeon may give you specific instructions on what to do before liposuction surgery. These include:

  • Stop smoking if you are a smoker
  • If you regularly use anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin, your surgeon will ask you to stop taking these for about two weeks before the liposuction procedure
  • If you are anemic, your surgeon will request you take iron supplements
  • For women who are on contraceptive pills, they will be asked to stop using this method
  • of family planning

Before the procedure, you will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your surgeon the go-ahead for the procedure.

The consent form also indicates that you are fully aware of the benefits, risks, and complications that might accompany liposuction.

If you have any questions or something is not clear on the consent form, ensure this has been clarified to you before surgery.

What happens during liposuction surgery? 

Liposuction surgery may be administered under local or general anesthesia, depending on what works best for you.

 

With general anesthesia, it means you will be asleep during surgery. For local anesthesia, you will be awake during surgery but you will not feel any pain.

 

As soon as the anesthesia starts working, the surgeon makes small cuts or incisions in the skin around the area where you have unwanted fat.

 

The surgeon inserts a cannula into the fatty tissues between the muscle and skin.

 

The cannula helps to break down the unwanted fat. To do so, your surgeon will move this instrument around.

 

A syringe or suction pipe helps to remove any excess fat.

 

As soon as the procedure is over, the surgeon proceeds to close up the site of the incision using non-dissolvable or dissolvable stitches.

 

The procedure varies based on the kind of liposuction being administered.

 

A liposuction can be administered at your surgeon’s office and could take between 1 and 3 hours. You may also need to get admitted to a surgery center in a hospital.

 

In case the procedure initials removing a large amount of fat, your surgeon may recommend a surgery center where you will be admitted overnight.

What happens after liposuction surgery?

After liposuction, your surgeon will cover the incision with compression bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.

You will need to wear compression bandages repetitively for a few weeks after liposuction surgery.

You are likely to experience mild swelling and pain and for this, your surgeon will recommend painkillers.

You may also require antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection after surgery.

In case of removable stitches, your surgeon will arrange a post-surgery appointment to remove them.

You are likely to feel numb around the site of fat removal. However, the numbness should subside after several following surgery.

After the procedure, your surgeon will advise you on the following:

  • Taking care of the incision site, including bathing
  • If you need any medication, this will be prescribed for you
  • Arranging for follow-up appointments
  • Although a liposuction surgery removes fat cells from particular parts of your body, remember that you could still add weight following this surgery
  • After liposuction, your surgeon will assess the outcome and make recommendations on what you will need to do to maintain the new shape following the procedure

The following signs are an indication of your healing after liposuction surgery:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Soreness

The signs will clear as you heal. In case of severe pain, call your doctor immediately.

Recovery 

belly fat liposuctionRecovery after a liposuction procedure differs from one patient to another depending on the area where liposuction occurs and the amount of fat being removed.

 

Most people will have completely healed within six months of a liposuction surgery. In the first four to six weeks after liposuction, you will be asked by your surgeon to limit your level of activity and take as much rest as possible to promote healing.

Benefits of liposuction

Liposuction surgery comes with the following benefits:

  • A safe procedure that aids in the removal of unwanted fat
  • It is a permanent way to remove unwanted fat cells from your body
  • Fat removal helps to maintain your ideal BMI and weight
  • The procedure enhances your self-esteem
  • Eliminates stubborn fat that is difficult to achieve with exercise or dieting

Risks

A liposuction procedure comes with a good safety record but it also carries certain risks.

Some of the possible risks of liposuction surgery are:

  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing or swelling
  • Skin discoloration
  • Pain and discomfort in and around the incision site
  • Contour deformities
  • Scarring

Watch out for the following symptoms after a liposuction surgery and call your doctor

immediately:

  • In case of severe pain that will not go away even with medication
  • If you develop a fever
  • In case you experience chest pain or shortness of breath
  • If the surgical site has blood or fluid leaking

Cost of liposuction surgery in India

The cost of liposuction surgery in India is highly variable and can range from Rs. 10,000 to Rs, 5,00,000.

Some of the factors that impact the cost of liposuction procedures in India are:

  • Type of hospital
  • Age of the patient
  • Consultation fee
  • Type of hospital
  • Area of operation
  • Amount of fat being removed
  • Type of liposuction
  • Post-surgical care
  • City where the liposuction is conducted
  • Diagnostic tests

Having liposuction surgery in India comes with the following advantages:

  • Treatment cost is highly affordable and easily accessible
  • Clinics and surgical centers that offer liposuction surgery have invested in state-of-the-art medical facilities
  • Highly qualified medical staff

 

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