Suction assisted lipectomy or liposuction is one of the most popular means of body contouring techniques in cosmetic surgeries. A number of important modifications to the standard suction assisted liposuction including UAL (ultrasound assisted liposuction), PAL (power assisted liposuction), VASER and laser assisted liposuction are available today.
Prior to liposuction, a pre operative marking is done with the patient in an erect position. In patients undergoing total body liposuction or contouring, marking can be done one day prior. Areas to be suctioned are marked with a circle.
Incisions are placed in hidden areas and are approximately 3mm to 4mm in length.
Types Of Anaesthesia: Small volume liposuction can be done under local anaesthesia with mild sedation. Large volume liposuctions require general anaesthesia.
The procedure involves injecting anaesthetic solutions into the body to facilitate fat removal and decrease post op pain. Special cannulas are used to aspirate the fat from the problem areas via small incisions.
Post Operative Care: Patients require a compression garment which is customised as per area. Patients can be discharged on the same day and can return to normal activities within a week.
Light exercises are allowed after a few weeks. Post operative swelling and bruising occur and subsides over a week to fortnight. Final aesthetic result will be visible within a few months.
Can liposuction be used to treat obesity ?
An obese patient looking for weight loss is not an ideal candidate for liposuction. Essentially, liposuction is best suited for people who are within the healthy BMI range but have certain problem areas like the abdomen, arms, or thighs not responding to diet and exercise.
When can I return to work?
A period of 3 -4 days is required before one can resume working. A compression garment is to be worn during a period of at least 6 weeks post the procedure. This helps in tightening the skin and creating a better definition of a post surgery. Patients should abstain from smoking and alcohol after surgery to hasten to heal. A period of 6 weeks is recommended before resuming weight training and other strenuous activities.