Liposuction/Fat Removal Surgery
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction also known as lipoplasty ("fat modeling") or simply liposuction is a cosmetic surgery operation that removes fat from many different sites on the human body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, to the neck, back of the arm and elsewhere.
Liposuction is used to remove fat from areas of the body that haven't responded to diet and exercise, such as the:
-Calves and ankles
-Chest and back
-Hips and thighs
Infiltration of the fluids is performed in the areas to be liposuctioned. The benefits of this procedure are multifold. Some of the benefits are reduction in bleeding, fat loosening, better pain control, etc. Usually our doctor infiltrates the fluid in a 1:1 ratio with the amount of fat that is supposed to be aspirated. When aspiration is performed in this ratio, only pure fat is removed and not water mixed with fat. Therefore, an exact estimate of the aspirated fat can be obtained. After performing the surgery, it is essential to know the amount of fat that is left in the body rather than measuring the fat amount taken out.
For whole-body figure correction, fat is suctioned from select areas of the body. This is performed through small incisions. Initially, the site for liposuction is determined and then the initial incision sites are planned. These incisions are only 1.5 cm in length and are hence not visible. Quicker healing can be achieved when small incisions are made. The patient is usually discharged the same day as the surgery.
Especially designed pressure garments must to be worn for almost 6 weeks after the surgery. Certain considerations have to be taken into account before surgery. Intake of anticoagulants like aspirin has to be stopped 1 week before the surgery. Bad habits like smoking should also be avoided 2 weeks before and after the surgery for yielding better results.