Liposuction/Lipoplasty is a surgical procedure of removal of fat. Liposuction slims & reshapes specific areas of the body by permanently removing localized or regional excess fat deposits, thereby improving and achieving the desired body contours and proportion. This ultimately results in enhancing self-image.
Both obese, as well as people in the normal weight range, are candidates for liposuction. For those with the average weight, it works best for removing localized fat deposits that are stubborn, recurrent or do not respond to diet and exercise. For an obese person, mega liposuction primarily reshapes multiple areas resulting in permanent fat and weight loss. Some of the most desired areas for fat removal are double chin, arms, chest, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs & calves.
The body produces fat cells during three different periods: in utero, early childhood and early adolescence. In general, after reaching puberty, the total number of fat cells in the body does not increase ( an exception being morbid obesity). Fat cells that are removed through Liposuction are replaced by any other fat cells. So the resultant loss of fat & weight is usually permanent.
During the procedure, the area from where the fat is to be removed is marked and infiltrated with saline based solutions through a small (less than 1 cm) & inconspicuous incision. The fat is then liquefied and sucked out of the body with the help of a powerful suction device. The fat may be liquefied with the help of Ultrasonic (UAL), Laser (LAL), VASER or power assisted (PAL) or conventional liposuction cannulas. The Liposuction procedure can be carried out under local, regional or general anesthesia.
The extra fat which is present in subcutaneous (under the skin) layers and in different parts of the body can be removed in a single session. For a person who is obese, large volume liposuction can comfortably remove more than 5 liters of liquefied fat and even up to 15 to 25 liters of fat in one session. When fat needs to be removed from multiple areas of the body e.g. front, side and back, it may require more than one session. As blood loss during the liposuction procedure is minimal, blood transfusions are not required.
Liposuction is a procedure needs to be carried out at a fully equipped surgical facility. A patient undergoing small volume liposuction may be discharged in less than 24 hours. A large volume (mega) liposuction patient will preferably require a stay for 24 hours post surgery. However, the patient is mobilized within 4-6 hours of the surgery.
During the initial healing period, the patient may commonly experience some swelling, bruising, numbness, soreness or discomfort which can easily be controlled with medication. Tiny incisions are left open to allow excess fluid to seep out. With time these seal off on their own. Pressure garments are worn 2-3 days post surgery. It is advisable to wear them for a period of 2-3 months to prevent any oedema and also help achieve smooth contouring and maximum skin tightening. Post the liposuction procedure, it is advisable to follow our consultants’ instructions and attend regular follow up visits as scheduled.
The loosened skin is usually taken care of with the continued use of a pressure garment. In some older patients with poor skin elasticity, Skin Plasty e.g. Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck/Body Lift/Thigh & Arm plasty may be required. This may be combined with liposuction or carried out at a later date.
A person who has undergone small volume Liposuction can resume normal activities within a couple of days while a person who has undergone large volume liposuction may resume normal activities within 7-10 days.
Patients will appreciate immediate deflation of operated area and the large volume of sucked out fat. But the swelling that ensues will delay the actual visible results, which will be apparent after a period of 3 weeks to 3 months and will continue to improve over a year. In order to enjoy the effects and benefits of your Liposuction procedure, it is important to maintain your weight and practice a healthy lifestyle which includes eating right and regular physical activity.
Vasudhan Clinic and its Consultants take pride in the fact that we specialize in Mega Liposuction, resulting into permanent fat and weight loss. We are the pioneers of Mega Liposuction and have been doing them for close to 2 decades now.Leave a reply →