Liposuction is aimed at removing unwanted fat from the body.it is body sculpting procedure and not a weight reducing procedure. It is excellent procedure to remove the localized fat deposits which is resistant to regular diet and exercise. The individuals with good skin elasticity excellent results are obtained. Liposuction can only be done to fat which is accessible i.e. subcutaneous fat. The regions where liposuction can be done are abdomen(tummy), thighs, buttock, legs, back, breast, arms, neck, chin and cheeks.
The procedure mainly involves aspirating the fat from the areas using a using a specialized instruments called cannulas and suction apparatus.
There are different techniques of liposuction just to name few like dry, wet, super wet and VASER liposuction.
VASER Liposuction : it is a ultrasonic device which uses ultrasound to liquefy the fat without affecting other structures so that fat can be easily aspirated with cannulas.
It is usually performed on day care basis but if larger area is involved or associated with other diseases then admission is required.
Liposuction is a safe procedure if done by a trained plastic surgeon. Minor issues can happen in the form of seroma(fluid collection), haematoma, bruising, numbness and pain.
1. I am fat/obese and want to reduce weight. Can I undergo liposuction?
Answer: Liposuction is not for weight reduction, it is for body sculpting. When we do body sculpting and remove fat if kilos can be reduced but it is not permanent. As you eat, fat again starts accumulating in the body parts.
2. I am dieting and exercising regularly but I am not able to get rid of fat?
Answer: It is good procedure to remove the localized fat which is resistant to regular exercise and dieting. Patients are generally very happy if they can maintain the regular routine.
3. Can double chin be removed? What areas liposuction can be done?
Answer: Yes, double chin definitely can be removed with liposuction and good results. The regions where liposuction can be done are abdomen(tummy), thighs, buttock, legs, back, breast, arms, neck, chin and cheeks.
4. Will there be any scar?
Answer: The procedure is done with small cannulas. 2-3 mm scars are present which are not very visible and I generally place it in hidden areas like bikini lines, umbilicus or axilla so that those tiny scars are also not visible.
5. How long these procedures take?
Answer: it depends on the areas to be liposucted. Generally for abdomen around 2hours, other areas around 1-2 hours each.
6. How early can I go to work?
Answer: : I usually advice rest for 1 week. However routine activity like walking, eating will be started on same day. After 48 hours bathing, light weights can be lifted, work from home can be resumed.
7. What are the side effects of liposuction?
Answer: Minor issues can happen in the form of seroma(fluid collection), haematoma, bruising, numbness and pain. Contour deformity and skin necrosis can happen rarely.
8. What care I have to take after surgery?
Answer: you have to do skin massage and wear pressure garments for few weeks(2 months). To have good long term results you have to continue regular dieting and exercise.