Liposuction is a commonly used method that can shape and contour your body. It reduces undesirable local fat from areas like your stomach, hips, bottom, thighs, knees, arms, chin, face and neck by a suction method. It is not the best alternative for exercise and diet but it can be the best option for those stubborn areas that don’t respond well to diet and exercise. The best candidate for this procedure would be a healthy and physically fit person who has a little extra fat after diet and exercise. Liposuction is a procedure in which localized deposits of fat are removed through a small incision in the area to be treated. It can be done under local anesthesia but patients with large amount of fat are treated under general anesthesia.
The surgeon injects epinephrine and lidocaine and a mild pain killer into the fatty tissue. Epinephrine constricts the blood vessels and helps in faster removal of fat with minimal blood loss which is then followed by sucking the fat out through the tube. After the anesthesia the surgeon would insert the cannula into the fatty areas between the skin and the muscle. Cannula helps in sucking the fat with the help of a syringe or a suction pump.
You need approximately 7 to 14 days* to feel better. Most of the bruising and inflammation is gone in approximately 2 to 3 weeks*.
Liposuction in a glimpse
Procedure: The procedure is performed to get rid of the unwanted, localized deposits of fat cells and also for body contouring.
Length: Depends on the size of the area.
Anesthesia: General, local or light sedation.
In/out patient: One or two nights*.
Side effects: Bruising and pain.
Risks: The body will be swollen for few weeks. Patient can expect some numbness for several months. Anemic patients might have to take iron tablets for a month.
Recovery: A patient can go back to work in few days depending on the area being treated.
Results: Long Lasting Results. The fat cells are thought not to be regenerated in adult life.
*Individual results may vary.