Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure to reduce unwanted fat deposits from specific pockets in the body. It is not a weight loss treatment, but it removes stubborn fats to make the body shapely and enhance the overall physical appearance. Liposuction has become easier, safer and less painful in recent years with advanced techniques and improved technologies.
Two primary techniques of liposuction today are tumescent and ultrasound-based liposuction.
Tumescent Liposuction: This procedure begins with the application of a local anesthetic in the targeted area of the body where the tumescent tube will be inserted. A significant amount of anesthetic solution such as lidocaine is injected into the fatty tissue before the liposuction is performed. The advantage with this tubular procedure is that general anesthesia can be avoided.
Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction: This innovative liposuction procedure involves the use of ultrasound to dissolve the fat. Liquefied fat gets easier to drain out from the body. This technique is typically used to reduce fat in areas such as the tummy, sides, and the back.
After the Procedure
Liposuction may be performed as an outpatient procedure, unless a large volume of fat is required to be removed. In case of an extensive liposuction procedure, the surgeon may decide to perform it at the hospital. Following the procedure, the treated area is wrapped firmly to help reduce pain, bruising, and swelling. The patient may be required to wear a compression garment for about a month. Full normal work activity may be resumed after about a week to 10 days following the procedure.
Liposuction is one of the most effective ways to reduce unwanted fats from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and sides. However, it is not a procedure to reduce weight or treat obesity. Patients who are looking to firm up loose skin, reduce cellulite or treat stretch marks may have to opt for other procedures as liposuction is not appropriate for them. Improvement in body contours can be seen within a few days of the surgery, but full results may take several weeks or even months to show up.
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