It is a surgical procedure that slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat locally, thereby improving the body proportions.
Areas that can be treated with liposuction:
- Tummy area (abdomen and waist)
- Hips and buttocks
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Check, chin and neck
- Shoulder fat
In patients with excess local fat along with loose and lax skin, liposuction can be performed along with another procedure called Tummy Tuck to give a contoured look.
- Treat more areas and longer areas is one procedure.
- Consistent and predictable results than non invasive procedures.
- Single session procedure.
Limitations of lipo:
- It is not a treatment for obesity
- Cannot treat cellulite (dimpled skin)
Who are the candidates?
- Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone.
- Individuals who do not have life threatening illness or medical conditions.
- Individuals with realistic expectations.
- Simple liposuction will not require any hospital stay but, when done along with tummy tuck, hospital stay for a day or two is required as there will be a suture line.
- Post procedure, a compression garment or elastic bandages will be given that are to be worn over the treated areas. This will help compressing the skin to the new body contours.
- Also, small drains may be placed at sites of liposuction points, for aiding the drainage of excess blood/fluid.
During discharge, instructions will be given on:
- wound care,
- Medications to be taken orally and applied topically.
- Next follow up visits.
- Lifestyle modifications (diet you need to follow and exercises you should be doing).
One should start at least brisk walking as soon as one can get on their feet and should follow the exercises suggested.
One can experience pain, tenderness ,bruising and swelling over the treated area for a couple of days.
Preparing for your procedure:
- After the initial consultation and through evaluation by your doctor, you will be asked to :
- Get some relevant blood tests done (surgical profile)
- Stop smoking (if you’re a smoker)
- Avoid taking certain medications that may risk the procedure
- Make sure that you are at the right place and in right hands. check if the doctor is a board certified practitioner or not, and if that the place has authorised operating environment.