Overview

Liposuction is the suction-based removal of excess body fat with a specialized surgical instrument. It is a type of cosmetic surgery which is usually performed by a plastic surgeon. It eliminates unwanted excess fat from the body to improve appearance and smooth irregular body shapes. The treatment is sometimes described as Body contouring.

Liposuction is well-suited for women and men who are of relatively normal weight but have fat deposition in certain parts of their bodies. These individual fat deposits typically do not respond to diet or exercise.

Liposuction can be done at any age but the best results will be obtained if the skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour, following the fat removal. Liposuction can help to shape the areas around the chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, breasts, belly, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles.



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Types of Liposuction

  • Tumescent liposuction: During this procedure, a plastic surgeon will inject an anesthetic "tumescent" solution into the treatment area to reduce bleeding and discomfort. Tumescent liposuction can be done under local anesthesia depending on the patient.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: This technique utilizes ultrasound energy to help break down the fatty tissue and loosen it from the body, allowing for easier removal of large amounts of fat with a faster surgery. Variations include VASER Liposelection.
  • Laser-assisted liposuction: It is also known under brand names like SmartLipo and Slimlipo. These techniques utilize laser energy to help dislodge fat cells.
  • Suction-assisted liposuction: This technique uses a vacuum like device to help remove the fat. Power assisted liposuction is a similar technique that involves a tool that enhances the motion of the cannula used to remove the fat.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The cost of liposuction is INR 20,000 to 5,00,000.

Liposuction is considered a safe procedure. Regular followup appointments with the doctor will avoid complications.

It varies from person to person. Most of the people return to work within a week or so after the treatment.

No, as the surgery is performed under anesthesia to prevent pain and anxiety.

Yes, as the fat cells are removed permanently during this procedure, the results last for long. However healthy diet and exercise will help to maintain and to avoid fat accumulation on other untreated parts.

References:

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK563135/
  • https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/liposuction/procedure
  • https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002985.htm
  • https://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/procedure-learning-center/body/liposuction-guide/


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