Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that involves surgically removing fat from certain parts of the body. This procedure is aimed at improving the appearance and enhancing the contours of the body to boost aesthetics. This is a popular cosmetic procedure and it is estimated that in the United States alone, close to 300,000 procedures are carried out annually. Liposuction results in the permanent removal of fat cells.
Liposuction is also used for the treatment of certain medical conditions. It is not a weight-loss method and can only help do away with a limited amount of fat that is considered safe for removal.
Liposuction is alternatively called lipectomy, lipoplasty, lipo, and liposculpture suction. Liposuction works well to treat areas of the body such as the back, thighs, calves, neck, abdomen, buttocks, chin, and the back of the arms. However, this procedure is not a solution for obesity or weight loss.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. A hollow device called the cannula is placed below the skin during the surgery. The cannula is subject to a high-pressure vacuum to suck the fat. This surgery is not without risks, and patients can experience post-operative infection and scarring.
Liposuction cannot cure stretch marks or cellulite. Even dimples on the skin will not go away with liposuction. It is important for patients that have undergone liposuction to follow a healthy lifestyle.
Why is liposuction performed?
Fat cells increase in volume and size when a person gains weight. The aim of liposuction is to reduce the concentration of fat cells in targeted areas. Liposuction is normally performed for cosmetic purposes, but can also treat certain medical conditions.
The medical conditions that liposuction can effectively treat are:
Gynecomastia: Liposuction helps in the removal of the accumulation of fat below a man’s breasts
Lipodystrophy syndrome: In this condition, there is a concentration of fat in one area of the body and abnormally low in another part. In this case, liposuction helps distribute body fat and makes the appearance more normal and natural.
Lymphedema: This medical condition causes the accumulation of excess fluid called lymph in the tissues of legs or arms. This can lead to inflammation or edema. Liposuction helps lower swelling, and pain due to the condition.
Abnormal weight loss after obesity: If a morbidly obese patient loses at least 40% of their BMI, it may result in loose skin. Liposuction can remedy the appearance and abnormality if any.
Lipomas: Liposuction can treat fatty tumors, which are mostly benign.
Patients that enjoy constant body weight also undergo this procedure mainly to remove unattractive fat deposits from certain parts of the body. Liposuction mainly targets areas of fat deposits that are stubborn to diet, exercise, and have not shown positive results. People resort to liposuction only after they have not achieved positive results from lifestyle changes.
Only those patients with excess pockets of stubborn fat are ideal candidates to undergo liposuction. Further, those who have a good skin tone will enjoy better outcomes with liposuction treatment. Most success rates of this treatment occur for those that are within 20lbs of their ideal body weight. Those that wish to undergo this procedure should not have lost weight drastically.
The objective of liposuction is mainly cosmetic to boost the external looks of patients. It may not really enable any major benefits to health. Most people can perhaps get the same results by consistent regulation of lifestyle, adopting healthy eating habits, and having a good sleep routine. Patients must not expect dramatic improvements from liposuction. Often the changes are subtle and will be apparent in the long term.
It is important for patients to discuss the positives and negatives of liposuction with the specialist before taking a decision.
What are the areas of the body isolated for liposuction treatment?
Generally, the areas of the body treated with liposuction are as follows:
- The inner side of knees
- Love handles also called flanks
- Upper arms
- Below the chin
- Thighs both outer and inner
- Upper arms
What are the prerequisites to perform liposuction?
- The patient must be more than 18 years of age
- The patient should not have any history of cardiovascular disease
- The procedure is not performed on patients with a weak immune system
- Diabetics cannot undergo this procedure
The procedure works well with good skin elasticity and tone. Patients with poor skin elasticity may end up with loose skin in areas where liposuction was performed.
What is the most recommended type of liposuction?
Laser liposuction is currently a popular form of liposuction that helps remove fat from below the skin. It is a minimally invasive procedure. According to a review published in the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser liposuction is highly preferred as it produces better results. According to the review, patients are happier and more satisfied with laser liposuction as compared to the traditional methods of liposuction.
Laser liposuction is most effective for patients that are not too heavy and are very close to their ideal weight.
The cost of laser liposuction may be around INR 22,000. In the United States, laser liposuction may cost anywhere from $2,500 to $5,500.
The costs of the procedure may differ between centers so it is best to discuss with the healthcare professional.
How is Laser liposuction performed?
Laser liposuction, or laser lipolysis, relies on the thermal effect to remove fat from below the skin using a laser. The specialist can perform this procedure in his office. Doctors use only a local anesthetic during this procedure, in the area where the laser makes an entry into the body. The patient remains awake when the procedure is going on.
At first, the doctors make a small incision under the skin. The laser light enters the skin at this incision point and melts the fat below the skin.
After this process is complete, a small tube is inserted in this area, to suck the liquefied fat. After this is done, the doctor covers and closes the incision site. The procedure may take close to an hour to complete in one area.
What are the overriding benefits of laser liposuction?
Patients can almost immediately notice the results after laser liposuction. After the swelling subsides, patients can clearly observe the alterations in the body shape. Some of the long-lasting and permanent changes will take some time to become apparent.
Most patients express satisfaction with the results following laser liposuction, more so in comparison with other methods to remove fat. The clear benefit is that the laser technique activates collagen formation in the area. This improves elasticity and boosts the contraction of skin in the treated areas.
A trial in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy has revealed that close to 61% of those that underwent lipolysis or laser liposuction were very satisfied with the results. The results of traditional liposuction were not so optimistic as the study showed that 55% that underwent liposuction with the traditional methods were either neutral or dissatisfied with the outcome of the procedure.
Mainly the benefits of laser lipolysis are as follows:
- The procedure is quick and gives better results
- Compared to the traditional liposuction procedure, the laser method removes more fat
- Laser lipolysis is minimally invasive
- Causes collagen contraction, and tightening of the skin
- Results in a better-shaped body
- Results last for a longer period
What are the risks of liposuction?
The risks of liposuction go up in proportion to the amount of fat removed during surgery. Some of the risks post-surgery are:
- Infection post-surgery
- Excessive removal of fat may result in visible dents or lump formation in the skin
What are some of the side effects of laser liposuction?
There is a risk of scarring from the small incision the doctor makes during laser liposuction. Patients need to take adequate rest to lower the risk of scarring.
Some other side effects of laser liposuction can be pain, bruising, or inflammation at the site of incision. Some patients also report skin discoloration after the procedure.
Few patients feel that the area feels more firm or tight. This may be due to stitches in the area or also due to the collagen production in the skin after the laser procedure.
There could be an accumulation of liquid below the site of the incision. This may also cause the skin to itch or burn. This liquid may need to be drained out and the patient may need to see the doctor if the itching persists for more than a few days.
The incision site can also be infected. Some signs of infection are swelling, redness, pain, or warmth. It is best to see a doctor to treat these side effects.
Some patients may observe the skin looking dimpled or lumpy in the area that was treated. This could just be a temporary result of the procedure and if does not go away in few weeks, the patient can consult the specialist.
What are the types of techniques used in Liposuction?
Liposuction is performed using several techniques. The laser technique is by far the most popular as it is minimally invasive and produces good results.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL): Cosmetic surgeons use this method to treat areas with more fiber and in areas that have already undergone liposuction. This method uses ultrasound to energize the cannula. The fat dissolves when it encounters the cannula. Ultrasound breaks the walls of the fat cells and melts them. This makes it easier to suck the fat out.
Dry liposuction: This is a rare technique of liposuction and is hardly in use. This technique does not employ fluid before the removal of fat. The risk of bleeding and bruising is high in this procedure and therefore is not popular today.
Tumescent liposuction: In this type of liposuction, a local anesthetic is used on the patient along with many liters of saline solution. Doctors pump Epinephrine beneath the skin that requires suction. This causes vessel constriction and suction tubes are used to suck the fat out.
Power-assisted liposuction (PAS): This technique is powered liposuction where a mechanized system energizes a special cannula to move in a specific but rapid back and forth motion. The cosmetic surgeon is thus able to suck out more fat with less effort.
Laser-Assisted Lipolysis (LAL): Also known as laser-guided lipo, this procedure uses tumescent fluid and is the best method of liposuction. Laser-assisted lipolysis is gaining popularity as a trusted technique for the removal of excessive fat. This technique is not as invasive as traditional methods and is a more effective form of liposuction. There is no loss of blood and is safer compared to traditional methods of liposuction to remove fat. A small incision is made and a tube delivers laser energy and heat under the skin to target the fat.
Post-op care and diet
The recovery time for laser liposuction is much faster as compared to traditional liposuction methods. Yet, patients must take care and avoid putting excessive strain on the operated area. It is best to rest and keep away from any strainful activity to offset stitches giving way and prolonging the healing time.
What is the best advice for post-operative care after Laser liposuction?
To enable the best post-operative, doctors advise important dietary and lifestyle changes to ensure a healthier body.
We recommend patients a few days of downtime before resuming work. It is best to avoid strenuous activities for at least 3 weeks after laser lipolysis.
We also advise regular washing of the area and changing bandages to offset any infection and complications
All patients must adhere to the following:
- Drink enough water and fluids to be well hydrated
- Make use of compression garments
- Do not perform any strenuous exercises for at least a month following surgery
- Use sunscreen and protect from direct exposure to the sun
- Avoid bathtubs, or hot tubs for a month after treatment
- Dietary changes
We advise that patients must consume a balanced diet and adopt a healthy lifestyle to realize the complete benefits of laser Lipolysis. This is important to maintain the new shape of the body after laser lipolysis.
We help with a healthy diet chart complete with nutritional foods that can maintain your body as well as keep the calorie intake in check. The diet we advise will be low on carbohydrates, fat, and glycaemic index.
Positives of Physical fitness
Once the body completely heals after laser liposuction, which is about 4 weeks, the patients can perform exercises to maintain the result of laser liposuction.
To maintain the long-lasting effects of laser liposuction, exercise is as important as diet. Regular and consistent exercise maintains the results of laser lipolysis.
We recommend a combination of aerobics and weightlifting. Exercises with resistance bands are also good for the body.
Essentially, Laser liposuction is a successful, effective, and safe treatment for focusing on small areas of body fat without the need for surgery. Patients must adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle after a laser liposuction treatment to enjoy the benefits in the long term.
Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to remove the excess fat from different parts of the body like the abdomen, arms, buttocks, hips, thighs, neck, etc. It is a body contouring surgery that is done when a person is unable to lose weight through dieting or exercise.
Benefits of Liposuction Treatment in Bangalore
- Affordable prices
- Excellent surgeons
- Modern medical facilities
- Faster recovery
- Fewer risks
- Pick-up from home and drop facilities
Goficure for liposuction surgery in Bangalore
Liposuction can be done safely in private clinics and hospitals in Bangalore. There are many reputed surgeons and medical practitioners in Bangalore who carry out liposuction procedures. If you are thinking of having a liposuction treatment in Bangalore, connect to us at Goficure, and we will provide you with all the details.
Liposuction is not free from side effects and it has certain risks. Doctors may not recommend this procedure if you have other ailments like diabetes, a weak immune system, or heart problems. So, we advise you to connect to our healthcare providers. We have some of the best healthcare support staff in Bangalore. You can receive counseling and advice regarding the pros and cons of the surgery, the after-effects, cost of procedure, preoperative and postoperative care, insurance coverage, etc. Our provider will also give you details about some of the best cosmetic surgeons in Bangalore. We have a reputation and have built trust among our customers and have provided them with the best facilities in healthcare in Bangalore.
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