What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or lipoplasty is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from almost all areas of the body. The common areas are the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, calves, breasts, arms and the face. This can be combined with Bilateral Breast Augmentation, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Facelift and Bilateral Breast Reduction. Liposuction procedure is not a treatment for obesity.
What are the conditions/prerequisites?
A good quality skin that is undamaged and able to retract and re-drape well after the fat has been removed. If the skin is of poor quality, it will hang down in folds after the liposuction.
How the procedure done?
The procedure involves pre-operative markings that will encompass areas of concern to the patient (i.e. areas of fat deposition that needs to be treated). The procedure is done under general anaesthesia. A solution of local anaesthetic with adrenalin is injected into the areas to be treated. This is to distend the fat tissues so that the surgery is easier and also to minimize bleeding and to ensure post-operative pain relief. A small hollow steel tubes measuring 3 to 4 mm in diameter are inserted at specific sites that are well hidden within skin creases and connected to a machine that will remove the fat. The amount of fat that can be removed at a single sitting safely varies from 3 to 6 litres depending on the individual patient. This procedure takes about 2 to 3 hours.
What can you expect after the operation?
After the operation, the treated areas are bandaged and a tight pressure garment is put on to compress the skin onto the deeper tissues. This helps prevent fluid collections and to ensure an even contour of the skin. This has to be applied for at least 6 weeks. You can go back to normal activities after 1 week and exercises can be commenced after 6 weeks. You might need to stay only 1 night at the hospital. Besides, complications are minimal and consist mainly of bruising that will resolve spontaneously over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. Infection is rare.
What is the significance of the procedure?
Fat cells are thought not to be regenerated in adult life. Therefore, their removal by liposuction will give a permanent change in contour & be independent of any changes in your body weight. Liposuction is a very safe procedure if it is done by certified & experienced surgeon in a major hospital with a well-trained anesthetist.