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Liposuction - Know More About It!

Dr. Samir Ahire 85% (17 ratings)
M.Ch - Plastic Surgery
Aesthetic Surgeon, Mumbai


Body Shape You Always Wanted

About Liposuction
Fat or slender, all men and women are prone to pockets of fat that won’t budge with any amount of diet or exercise. These areas of localized adiposity or contained accumulations of diet and exercise-resistant fat, show the first signs of weight gain and are also the last parts to be slimmed down after Weight Loss.

Liposuction has been one of the most popular, ground-breaking and top performed cosmetic procedures for years now. It has become a panacea for patients who are close to their ideal body weight and are looking to get rid of resistant fat deposits with the purpose of sculpting the body into a beautifully proportionate shape. It safely, effectively, and permanently reduces fat and refines the body contour.

The best liposuction candidates will have:

  • Localized excess fat of the anterior abdomen, flanks, hips, outer thighs, inner thighs, male/female breast, double chin, knee calves, buffalo humps
  • Good skin elasticity in the region of fat excess
  • Worked at diet, cardio and strength training
  • Body weight within 10-20% of ideal

Liposuction enjoys a privileged place in body contouring procedures for the wonderful results it assures. Some of them are:

  • The beginning of body shaping
  • Removal of localized fat deposits and stubborn fat
  • Quick procedure, often completed in less than an hour
  • Local anesthesia is used for smaller areas
  • Highly effective body contouring is achieved

The areas normally treated are:

Tummy, Love Handles, Hips, Outer Thighs, Inner Thighs, Back Arms, Male/Female Breast, Double Chin, Knee Calves, Buffalo Hump.

Liposuction procedure
The liposuction procedure is generally performed using tiny access sites. Small liposuction cannulas (thin, hollow tubes with small openings at the tip) are passed through these access sites, removing excess fat preferentially from the deeper fatty planes. The resultant incisions are usually so small they heal themselves, frequently, without the use of sutures, and with minimal scarring, if at all.

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Liposculpture vs. Liposuction - Yes, There's A Difference

Dr. Ajaya Kashyap 91% (659 ratings)
American Board of Plastic Surgery, , American Board Of General Surgery, MS - Dermatology, M.B.B.S
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi
Liposculpture vs. Liposuction - Yes, There's A Difference

The difference between these two terms depends upon who you ask for the definition. Most people define liposuction as the technique for removing a considerable amount of fat whereas liposculpture is a process for removing a lesser amount of fat in a way that it reflects the underlying muscles. Liposculpture is great for creating a toned and athletic appearance rather than the bulk of shapeless volume. 

Liposuction or Liposculpture: When you are spoilt for choice, which one would you opt for? The reply is obvious; most people would love to be sculpted rather than sucked. The term liposculpture rose into prominence primarily to connote a more refined overall impression of sculpture than mere suction. In the early times, there were some cosmetic surgeons who used this term to denote a practice of lipo-etching or superficial liposuction where more fragile and delicate contouring is carried out on the upper surface of the fat, but it creates a higher risk of producing irregularities and undulations on the contour. 

Is it a marketing gimmick? Every plastic surgeon does sculpting while performing liposuction irrespective of the method implemented, be it, AquaJet, Slimlipo, lipotherme, VASER, Coollipo, etc. Liposculpture is therefore, a marketing name coined by the enterprise that produces the VASER ultrasound-assisted liposuction instrument. Since both these terms are used interchangeably, the most important thing is to pay a visit to a certified surgeon. So regardless of the name by which you call it, it is a process that reshapes the body by removing the local fat deposits permanently. This is a very popular process among both males and females. 

Liposculpture to remove stubborn body fat: Fatty deposits on the inner thighs and tummy are sometimes resistant to work out and diet. Many obese people lose their interest in losing weight without seeing any significant change in the lower part of the body. The overall proportions of fat on the body appear unbalanced and in such cases, liposuction or liposculpture, whatever you call it may help you to trim down the excess fat from your body and help you reach a more attractive shape and body contour. 

Besides offering you a proportionate body shape, you will also feel a psychological lift with this process. It will boost your level of confidence, and you shall be brimming with energy. In addition, patients who have undergone liposculpture rejoice the ability to maintain a daily workout schedule. Many patients express their happiness for not being worried by chafing in the tummy or thigh area, and they are also able to put on fashionable clothes after going through liposculpture.

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Liposuction Surgery Is The Best Option To Get Rid Of Genetic Fat!

Dermatologist, Pune
Liposuction Surgery Is The Best Option To Get Rid Of Genetic Fat!

Your genetic background influences where your body fat is stored. In case your mother or father has fat stored in the abdomen, hips, waist or in the thigh, it is likely for you to develop deposits of fat in the same regions.

Circumstances of genetic fat

1. You may have a proper or a balanced BMI (body mass index) but still tend to develop bulges in areas, which are likely to make you look disproportional.

2. You may become obese by development of excess fat accumulation in the lower abdomen region, referred to as pannus. Extra fat may accumulate in your lower back and hips as well, which cannot be lost in spite of taking weight losing measures.

Liposuction to get rid of extra fat

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that allows you to remove genetic fat or any extra fat from the body, in order to change the body's shape. Liposuction does not remove cellulites and tightening of loose skin cannot be done.

Liposuction removes excess fat from the body by suction. Small, narrow tubes with blunt tips known as the cannulae are inserted through incisions in the skin surface. The tubes are moved under the skin to target the suction of fat deposits.

There are several types of liposuction techniques.

1. Tumescent liposuction: In this form of liposuction, a wetting solution such as lidocaine with a local anesthetic is injected into the patient before surgery. This causes the shrinking or constriction of blood vessels due to which it allows liposuction to be performed while the patient is under local anaesthesia. Blood loss and post surgical pains are reduced.

2. Suction assisted liposuction:This mode of liposuction also known as SAL is the most primary form of liposuction. It involves drawing out of fat using a vacuum.

3. Power assisted liposuction: This liposuction technique called PAL in short involves the process of SAL with an extra tool for increasing the motion of the cannula. The process is faster.

4. Ultrasound assisted liposuction: This process (UAL) involves the transmission of energy via a specialized hand piece for loosening and melting of fat. A greater volume of fat can be removed via UAL. VASER is a variation of the UAL method where an ultrasonic cannula with grooves helps in energy disruption to improve removal of fat.

5. Laser assisted liposuction: LAL is a newly developed liposuction technology where a laser works like an ultrasound for disruption and removal of fat cells. This mode is more efficient and involves less trauma.

Liposuction is an effective way to remove unwanted, genetic fat from your body, which may be harming your body image. However, liposuction is associated with severe side effects.

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Liposuction - Things You Should Know About It!

Dr. Nishant Chhajer 92% (631 ratings)
M. Ch. (Plastic Surgery), MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Noida
Liposuction - Things You Should Know About It!

Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat from some parts of the body to improve your overall body contour. Essentially, this cosmetic procedure involves insertion of small, thin but blunt-shaped needles under the skin in those areas that have excess fat. Fat is then suctioned out through these needles by moving them from one place to another under the skin. Also called as “lipo”, this type of cosmetic surgery addresses the following body parts;

  1. Thighs
  2. Hips and buttocks
  3. Fat located on abdomen and waist
  4. Fat on the upper arms
  5. Fat on neck, chin and cheek area
  6. Fat deposited on the back, inner knee, chest, calves and ankles

Liposuction can be performed along with other cosmetic surgeries such as facelift, breast reduction, tummy tuck etc. Please note that liposuction cannot be used to reduce obesity, diabetes and other weight-related disorders.

Types of Liposuction
In recent years, this surgical procedure has been made less painful by developing newer techniques. These are;

  1. Tumescent Liposuction- This involves applying a local anesthetic on the area where the procedure has to be done. A combination of chemicals e.g. lidocaine and epinephrine is then inserted under the skin. This numbs the precise area where liposuction will be done.
  2. Ultrasound liposuction: This procedure involves melting of the undesired fat by ultrasound. This form of liposuction is suited for fat deposited on the neck, upper abdomen, sides and the back area.
  3. Laser liposuction: Low-energy waves are sent under the skin to liquefy the fat that is later removed through the cannulas.

Liposuction is not an elaborate procedure and does not require overnight hospitalization most cases. The patient is administered a local anesthetic so that she does not experience any pain. Overnight hospitalisation may be required if the volume of fat to be removed is large.

Post-liposuction care
Post this surgery, expect your body to swell. The parts of your body where liposuction has been carried out will display swellings, bruises etc. You may even experience pain in those areas. To alleviate discomfort, patients are wrapped up in bandages, support hoses, girdles etc. Some patients may report fluids oozing from the areas affected by liposuction. To prevent infection, doctors prescribe antibiotics to such patients.
Swelling and bruises may continue for the next 7- 10 days post this surgery. Patients may have to wear the bandages, girdles, wraps etc. for the next 3-4 days.

Liposuction results in a better shape if the volume of fat removed is small. If the patient regains weight after liposuction, fat reappears in those areas which have not been treated.

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Arm Lift Surgery - What Patients Need To Know?

DNB (Plastic Surgery), MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi
Arm Lift Surgery - What Patients Need To Know?

There are many changes that take place in our face and body as we start ageing. While the face starts to show the signs of ageing earliest-in the form of wrinkles and fine lines as well as a sagging chin and neck, the effect of ageing on the body might be slightly late. The skin may sag or you may end up putting on weight in various parts of the body like upper arms, which may look unsightly and bring down your level of confidence as well. Signs of ageing can often make you shy away from living your life to the fullest.

For the sagging upper arms, one can always get a procedure called an Arm lift. This is also called a Brachioplasty. This is a cosmetic procedure that can be conducted to tighten the skin of the arms from the elbow upwards. Let’s see how this procedure works.

What does it do?

  • Excess fat tends to accumulate in both arms togather with weight gain. Person face laxity in this area after massive weight loss or with body ageing.
  • Arm Lift is a surgical procedure to tighten the skin in the arms through the removal of excess fat deposits as well as skin.

Who can opt for this surgery?

Any person who is medically fit having arm disfigurement can opt for this procedure. Patients who have signs of ageing or excessive weight gain are the best candidates for this kind of surgery. Also, it may be used by the patients who are suffering from sagging skin after losing a great deal of weight which may lead to an appearance of bat’s wings on the sides.

How is this procedure conducted?

This surgical procedure is conducted by a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon. It’s a day-care procedure. The doctor begins by marking the various areas of concern having excess fat and flabby skin. Thereafter, the doctor proceeds to remove the excess skin so that the arms are tightened getting more youthful look. This is done under anaesthesia to make patient pain-free. The skin that is removed is usually shaped like an ellipse. In many cases, there may be a need to conduct a liposuction if the patient has excess fat as well. Once the excess skin has been removed, skin edges are approximated with meticulous sutures with various Plastic Surgery techniques.

Recovery usually takes 5-7 days. Person can resume routine activities from very next day. Sometimes you might be advised a pressure garment for better outcome. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Which Type Of Liposuction Techniques You Need To Choose?

Dr. Lakshyajit Dhami 83% (17 ratings)
MS - Plastic Surgeon, MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Mumbai
Which Type Of Liposuction Techniques You Need To Choose?

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery used to improve the appearance of the whole or part of a person’s body. This surgery involves the permanent removal of fat from the body by using the method of suction. The process involves using a fine blunt cannula to remove the fat and fat cells from a part of the body. The fat is liquified with the help of an ultrasonic device (Vaser) which is then sucked out of the body.

Usually, regional anaesthesia may suffice for the lower part of the body or general anesthesia may be required for multiple areas. It primarily reshapes certain parts of your body by getting rid of the fat. in the process when the fat is lost permanently, weight is also reduced. It is generally preferred for those areas in your body which do not respond to either exercise or diet, such as the buttocks, abdomen, breast, thighs, arms and the legs. In some cases, it may also be combined with other procedures such as, breast reduction and abdominoplasty

There are various liposuction techniques such as: 

  1. Laser assisted liposuction: The technique utilizes a laser to melt the excess fat in the targeted area. 
  2. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: A special cannula, which transmits ultrasound waves throughout the body, is used to liquify the fat. 
  3. Power assisted liposuction: A special cannula capable of mechanical movement is used for quicker fat removal and better reshaping. An improvement in the body shape might be noticed immediately after the procedure. Pre existing skin laxity also reduces with the liposuction procedure. The recovery period is around a few days to 2-3 weeks.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Liposuction - How Can It Help You?

Dr. Mansi Sanghvi 91% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Dermatology & Venereology
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Liposuction - How Can It Help You?

Looking good and feeling good are sometimes one and the same thing which can be achieved with good skin and a fit body. One can turn to many measures to achieve the same, including cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgery like liposuction is generally used to remove the excess fat in the body which cannot be treated with normal exercise or diet control measures. This surgery is conducted by a plastic surgeon. Here is everything you need to know about liposuction.

About: Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure. It removes the excess fat present in one’s body with the help of a procedure known as body contouring. This kind of contouring may be carried out in various parts of the body including the calves, knees, buttocks, hips, abdomen, upper arms, breasts and even the neck and chin area. These are the areas that generally end up accumulating excessive fat which does not go away easily. For some people, persistent diet control and exercising may help. But for severe and chronic cases, one will have to make use of measures like liposuction.

Types of Liposuction: Depending on your case as well as the individual system of the patient, one can go in for one of the various types of liposuction. The fluid injection based liposuction is the most popular and common form where a large dose of medicated solution is injected with a local anaesthesia blended into it. This helps in contracting the blood vessels so that the fat can be suctioned out. The next type is the super wet liposuction where the amount of liquid solution injected is the same as the amount of fat that has to be removed. Ultrasound assisted liposuction uses ultrasonic waves in order to transform the fat cells into liquid which can be vacuumed out later. Further, laser assisted liposuction makes use of laser pulses and beams in order to make the fat cells liquid before they are vacuumed out of the system.

The procedure: The plastic surgeon will make use of a special liposuction machine and cannulas or special instruments, so that the surgery may be carried out in a proper manner. Also, depending on the type of procedure you are going in for, you will require local or general anaesthesia. A small incision is made so that the tube may be inserted for the liquefaction process to begin. After this, the fat that has been dislodged will be vacuumed away through the same suction tube. Small drainage tubes will be inserted to remove blood and fluid from the deflated areas and in some rare cases, blood transfusion or fluid replacement may also be required. High blood pressure and cardiovascular cases should not use this option. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Liposuction - How Can It Help You To Lose Weight?

Dr. Adhishwar Sharma 86% (23 ratings)
MCh, MS - General Surgery, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Felloship In Microvascular Surgery & Hand Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Faridabad
Liposuction - How Can It Help You To Lose Weight?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that involves the removal of small bulges of fat from the body, which diet and exercise fail to reduce. This type of surgery is most commonly performed on the hips, thighs, abdomen, buttocks and arms. Since it is an inch loss procedure (and exactly the one that is used for weight loss), it is not recommended for morbid obesity.

Before opting for this procedure, you need to keep in mind these vital points:

The types of liposuction
There are two types of liposuction, and your doctor will help you decide which is more appropriate of the two for your condition.

  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction:This form of liposuction makes use of ultrasonic energy to liquefy the fat, which is then removed from your body. 
  • Tumescent liposuction: In this technique, a solution made up of saline, anaesthesia and epinephrine (a drug that helps in the contraction of your blood vessels) is first injected into the fatty area of your body before the fat is removed. This solution makes the removal of fat an easier process, helping to reduce blood loss as well as easing pain during surgery. 

The process of liposuction
Depending on the type of liposuction you opt for, you may be allowed to go home on the same day when the surgery takes place.  But if large amounts of fat are required to be removed, you may have to stay overnight.  At the very start of the operation, you?ll be injected with either local or general anaesthesia, again that being dependent on the amount of fat to be removed. 

After this, the surgeon will make a small incision on the area to be operated, and will insert a suction device that will remove the extra fat from the body (by making use of a large syringe or a suction pump). The duration of the operation is dependent on how much fat is going to be removed.

Liposuction Surgery

Dr. Shobha Jindal 88% (184 ratings)
M Ch., MS - General Surgery, DNB Plastic surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Delhi
Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction is a type cosmetic surgery that refers to the removal of excess fats from the body through suction.During liposuction, small, thin, blunt-tipped tubes (cannula) are inserted through tiny cuts in the skin.

Liposuction is used to remove fat deposits from:

  1. Thighs.

  2. Hips and buttocks.

  3. Abdomen and waist.

  4. Upper arms.

  5. Back.

  6. Inner knee.

  7. Chest area.

  8. Cheeks, chin and neck.

  9. Calves and ankles.

Different techniques are adopted in liposuction process. Some of them are:

  1. Traditional Liposuction: In traditional liposuction, the surgeon uses a thin tube called a cannula, connected to a powerful suction pump.

  2. Tumescent Liposuction: Tumescent liposuction is similar to traditional liposuction, but experts often hail its innovative use of medication and reduced risks for complications.

  3. Super-wet Liposuction: Super-wet liposuction is a variation of the tumescent technique that uses less fluid injection.

  4. Ultrasonic Liposuction: This popular form of liposuction uses a specialized cannula that emits ultrasonic sound waves into the fat deposits to liquefy fat cells and make them easier to remove.

  5. Power Assisted Liposuction: By employing a cannula that has a vibrating tip, surgeons are able to break up fat cells for easier removal.

More and more people are turning to liposuction to help achieve their aesthetic goals. Patients benefit both mentally and physically from liposuction. In fact, liposuction has become one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world because it is a safe and effective way to remove fat and cellulite in your body. To add to it’s effectiveness, liposuction can be paired with a myriad of complementary procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and even facial plastic surgery.

The benefits of liposuction include:

  • Safe removal of fat

  • Reduction of cellulite or improvement in the appearance of cellulite

  • Improved health, usually associated with fat loss

  • Changes the way you look, and the way others perceive you

  • Boost in self-esteem

  • Sculpting areas of body that even exercise and diet don’t seem to impact

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Liposuction - Side Effects Of It!

Dr. M Rajkumar 86% (100 ratings)
M.Ch (Plastic)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Chennai
Liposuction - Side Effects Of It!

Liposuction can be defined as a surgery, which uses the suction technique to pull out bodily fat from various parts. It is more commonly used for certain body parts like the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms or neck and the surgery is performed on both men and women.

However, there are certain facts on liposuction you need to know about:

  • Liposuction gives you better skin

It is proven that after a liposuction surgery, the skin becomes more elastic, smooth and adjusts automatically to its new shape.

  • The process of liposuction

Liposuction surgery techniques involve ultrasound and laser for breaking down fatty substances and ultimately removing them.

  • Time taken for the results of liposuction to show

After a liposuction surgery, you may not see the results immediately. Compression garments and/or elastic garments are used to get your affected body part to adapt to its new shape.

The side effects of liposuction

A liposuction surgery is mostly safe but in some cases it might just have certain side effects. The most common side effects are: temporary fluid accumulations, short-lived numbness, kidney and heart problems, internal organ damage/puncture, skin irregularities, etc.

Now that you know how it works, there are some factors that you need to keep in mind before going for a liposuction surgery. They are:

  • Checking your medical history

The operating doctor should carefully review your medical history before even thinking to start the surgery. This helps to disclose a lot of medical conditions related to the patient that minimize the side effects.

  • Checking your family's medical history

The health records of your family should also be reviewed to check for genetic conditions and allergies that might be common amongst the family members. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon.

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