Liposuction improves body contours by removing unwanted fat deposits. Liposuction is a technique that uses suction to remove excess fat from particular parts of the patient's body, including the abdomen, thighs, hips, or the arms.
Liposuction surgery removes areas of unwanted fat by suctioning it out with a cannula (hollow metal tube-like device) attached to a vacuum device. Liposuction techniques, (including tumescent or super-wet), typically are performed after targeted fat pockets are infused with a saline solution containing a local anaesthetic and adrenalin to decrease blood loss. Benefits of these liposuction techniques include increased safety, easier fat removal, as well as diminished postoperative discomfort. This also reduces postoperative bruising and swelling.
The most common locations for body liposuction are upper arms, the area above the breasts, abdomen, lower back, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. There are several techniques commonly used, including the "Traditional Technique", "Laser Technique," and the "Ultrasonic Technique (UA)." The Traditional Technique utilises a hollow tube to remove the fat, and the Laser and Ultrasonic Technique utilises laser or ultrasonic energy to dissolve that fat before it is removed. Your plastic surgeon will explain which technique would be best for you.
Generally, liposuction takes one to two hours or more.
General anaesthesia can be used, or intravenous sedation and local anaesthesia are used.
This is an outpatient procedure.
Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness or burning sensations.
Infection, asymmetry, rippling of the skin, pigmentation changes (hypo/hyper), injury to the skin, fluid retention and/or excessive loss of blood and fluids.
The patient usually returns to work after five to fourteen days. More strenuous activity may be resumed after two to four weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising may take one to six months depending upon the amount of fat that is removed and the areas that were treated.
Usually, liposuction results are permanent, providing the patient maintains stable body weight. Liposuction results should ideally be augmented with a sensible diet and regular exercise.
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