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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure where the extra body fat is loosened and suctioned out. It is performed to aesthetically enhance a persons body shape. An important point to remember is that Liposuction is not a tool for weight reduction. It is not a substitute for dieting and a healthy life style.

What can Liposuction do for you ?

Some factors like the genetic makeup and ageing are beyond our control. Even after vigorous exercise and a proper diet some localised accumulations of fat do not disappear. These stubborn fat lumps can be taken care of by Liposuction. Liposuction can be thought of as a sculpting tool for enhancing the body appearance by chiseling out extra fat like the lower abdominal paunch, double chin, hanging arms, love handles, blouse rolls etc. There are some metabolic abnormalities that result in localised fat accumulations like in gynaecomastia ( male breast disease ), which is also treated by Liposuction.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Liposuction ?

Any adult person with normal B.M.I. and localised lumps of fat who wants to enhance her/his aesthetic appearance may be considered for Liposuction surgery, provided there is no other risk factor like Heart disease, Renal disease etc. In such cases proper consultation and an extensive discussion with the treating physician is mandatory to clearly define the risk benefit ratio. People having unrealistic goals and wanting to reduce weight through Liposuction are not ideal candidates. They will be very unhappy with the results because of two reasons. Firstly, the person will not see the desired result and secondly, fat deposits in other areas of the body will enlarge and give an ugly result.

What happens in Liposuction surgery ?

Depending upon the areas to be treated, the surgery is carried out either under local anaesthesia or under general anaesthesia. In local anaesthesia, only the area to be treated is anaesthetised and the patient remains awake throughout the procedure. If large areas are to be addressed then general anaesthesia is preferred and the patient remains unconscious through out the procedure. Few small 4-5 mm incisions are given along  skin folds. Liposuction is then performed through these small incisions by specialised canulas and suction machines which slowly suction out only the extra fat and very little amounts of other tissues, cells, blood and serum. In a single surgical session only  5% - 8% of total body weight can be removed safely.

What happens after the surgery?

  • The Patient may be kept for observation at the hospital ward for a few hours to a couple of days depending upon the size of the procedure. 
  • Immediately after the surgery a dressing and a tight garment is applied. Dressings are removed completely by the 5th postoperative day but the tight-garment / pressure-garment has to be worn for two more months as it reduces swelling and greatly helps the skin to contract properly. 
  • After the surgery the effect of local anaesthetic and analgesics used at the time of surgery gradually wear off. As soon as the patient stars to perceive pain Pain-killers are administered either as injectable or orally for up-to 5 to 10 days depending upon patients pain tolerance. 
  • The patient is allowed full oral diet 6 to 8 hours after surgery. 
  • There may be areas of numbness or discomfort during the initial period of healing similar to any other surgery. There will also be swelling which subsides gradually and most of it disappears by the 3rd week. 
  • There may slight bruising at Liposuction sites and some areas may feel hard to touch. This resolves by 4th month as the healing phase completes.
  • Patient is asked to perform minimal activity during the first few days thereafter activity is gradually increased and full routine activity is resumed by 3rd week. 
  • Light exercise is started from 3rd week on wards and gradually increased.