Liposuction is a kind of surgery which is used to remove fat cells from different areas of the body by using a suction tool. Liposuction is a targeted procedure so as to remove fat from selected areas of a human body and give it a sleeker contour along with a natural appearance. Liposuction is performed by certified surgeons. A lot of men and women opt for this surgery as they are unable to lose weight or have got fat in certain areas of their bodies. They are often unresponsive to fat weight loss methods. This can be due to various reasons, most common being genetics and aging.
There are various kinds of liposuction being performed in Bangalore by certified surgeons but most of them are based on the same principle of fat removal by a suction device. Firstly a solution is pumped into an area and then fat is removed using high powered suction. The solution is called tumescent which is a combination of normal saline, epinephrine and lidocaine.
It is also known as vaser liposuction. It is a liposuction tool that uses ultrasound waves which loosens fat cells and the fat is then removed by using a suction cannula. A lot of doctors attest that this method can be more effective in fat removal as compared to conservative liposuction and more targeted leading to quicker recovery. The manufacturers of this tool claim that ultrasonic liposuction is much more effective in the densely fibrous areas such as back, breasts and previously treated areas. Fat cells which are removed using this technique can be harvested and used in fat transfer to other body parts. Vaser in vaser lipo stands for for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance.
Liposuction procedures can be performed under general or local anesthesia. The decision for the type of anesthesia to be used is based on the patient, areas of body which have to worked upon and volume of fat to be removed. If the patient desires multiple areas to be worked upon, general anesthesia is used.
In Bangalore, liposuction is performed by trained surgeons in state of the art facilities. The process is as follows: the patient is asked to stand and the doctor marks the areas using a pen from where the fat has to be removed, patient is sedated and incisions are made in marked areas, tumescent solution is pumped in, cannula is used by the surgeon in a back and forth action to break and suck out the fat, the incisions are stitched which are removed after five days and the patient is put in a tight surgical compression clothes. It helps in retracting the skin in newly contoured area. These garments are worn for 4-6 weeks after surgery.
The time required for the surgery depends upon volume of fat to be removed and the area to be worked upon.
Benefits of Liposuction
It is a very good alternative to other invasive procedures to remove fat from very specific areas like abdomen, thighs, chin, breasts and back without any large incisions. It can get rid of love handles and balance and out of proportion body. It enhances facial features by removing fat from jaws or chin. It is not a replacement for healthy diet or exercise. This form of treatment is not very effective in treating cellulite on buttocks and thighs. It cannot be used to tighten skin which is very loose and does not have elasticity. Body lift, tummy tuck and face lifts are some of the other techniques which can be used in lieu of liposuction if suggested by the doctor.
Recovery Process after Liposuction
After the procedure, the areas which have been treated can be bruised or swollen. Soreness goes away within 48-72 hours and bruises may take upto two weeks. Compression garment is to be worn for 4-6 weeks. Patients can do light activity and even return to work within 3-5 days and start exercising after two weeks. During the surgery, a person is placed in the garments which provide support and compression. Adhesive taps along with gauzes are applied to incision areas beneath the garment. A person may experience mild drainage from the incisions which can also leak through the dressings. It consists of blood and liposuction solution giving it a red colour. Towels or absorbent pads should be put underneath.
Patient can start bathing from the next day. The garment has to be removed before showering but the clear adhesive tape is left. Post shower, wear the garment and apply gauze. The garment can be removed for laundering but it should be worn back post laundering. In case if there is no gauze, pads can be used. Straining should be avoided and activities should be started on the advice of the doctor.
Once the swelling is reduced, most of the patients enjoy an increase in confidence which comes as a result of lost weight and a more contoured body. They now have the option of wearing wide array of clothes.
Result of Liposuction
Liposuction can last indefinitely. It depends on the person and their habits. If a person who has undergone liposuction wants to retain the slim self and the new contours achieved through this procedure, he/she ahs to maintain the body weight by exercising, healthy diet and controlling the calorie intake.
Fat transfer Procedure
It is a procedure where one’s own fat is used as fillers or enhancers in one’s own body areas such as face, breast, buttocks and hands. Liposuction in this case is used to remove fat for transfer. The surgeons generally use water to remove fat cells from the body and to keep them intact for transfer in other areas.
During the appointment, the surgeon sits with the client in a face to face conversation and discusses how the procedure works. The surgeon then physically examines the person to determine if liposuction is the vest procedure to be carried out in this case and make suggestions accordingly. The surgeon will also deal with queries and expectations of the client. The patient should ask various questions before going for a liposuction procedure such as; if the doctor is certified, if he/she is an ideal candidate for this procedure, results, realistic outcomes, where will the procedure be performed, what kind of procedure would yield best results, things to be done before and after the surgery, recovery time, risks, complications and results achieved in case of other patients.