Liposuction

Liposuction: Fat Loss Surgery in Bangalore

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove stubborn excess fat from specific area(s) of the body with an aim to reshape it. Hence, liposuction contours these areas according to the requirement of the individual.

Liposuction is also known as lipo, liposculpture, lipectomy, lipoplasty and fat removal surgery. It is a popular body contouring surgery as it helps get rid of the fat that doesn’t respond to vigorous exercises and strict diet. After years of trying to lose fat this surgery becomes the best option to achieve the body goals. However, one should not confuse this with a ‘weight loss’ surgery. As mentioned earlier, it is a ‘fat loss’ or ‘inch loss’ surgery. One may be surprised to know that plastic surgeons suggest having an ideal and stable body weight before undergoing liposuction. If a person has too much body fat in a specific area but otherwise has a stable body weight, only then he/she will be considered as a suitable candidate for Liposuction.

Which body parts are targeted with Liposuction?

With liposuction different body parts can be targeted for fat removal, such as:

  • Buttocks
  • Calves and ankles
  • Chest and back
  • Hips and thighs
  • Abdomen
  • Chin and neck

Additionally, liposuction can be performed for breast reduction or gynecomastia treatment.

For any surgery, it is necessary to be in good health so as to avoid any complications. For liposuction one must:

  • Have an ideal & stable weight
  • Have fat deposits that do not go away either with diet or exercise
  • Have firm, elastic skin
  • Have good muscle tone
  • Avoid smoking & drinking for at least 2 weeks before & after the surgery

NOTE: If you have blood flow difficulties, heart diseases, diabetes, or a weak immune system, avoid going for this surgery.

What are the benefits of Liposuction?

Many people may not know that liposuction is also used to treat the following medical conditions:

  • Lymphedema: It is a chronic (long-term) disorder in which excess lymph fluid gathers in tissues, resulting in edema (swelling). Edema usually affects either the arms or legs. Swelling, uneasiness, and pain can be reduced by liposuction.
  • Gynecomastia: It is a condition in which the male chest starts looking female-like because of fat deposition, excess of glandular tissue or both. So, to reduce puffiness in the nipples and provide a flat masculine chest liposuction can be performed alone or along with gland excision (depending on the individual requirements).
  • Lipohypertrophy: This is a condition in which fat accumulates in one area of the body. This commonly affects people with HIV infection. Although rare, but this syndrome can be congenital (by birth) too.
  • Severe weight loss after obesity: A severely overweight individual who loses at least 40% of their BMI always requires treatment to remove extra skin and in some cases liposuction is also performed to eliminate the remainder stubborn fat.
  • Lipomas: Lipomas are fatty tumors that are benign. Patients seek treatment in case the appearance of lipomas bothers them or pains or if it keeps growing. Liposuction & surgical excision are the only 2 reliable treatments for lipomas removal.

During the procedure of Liposuction

 Some liposuction procedures only involve local anesthetic that is only applied to a specific part of the body. Other procedures may entail general anesthesia, which puts the patient into a phase of uneasiness. With the help of an IV injection, the patient remains calm and relaxed.

A small incision is made in the target site to allow the cannula to enter inside. Cannula is a thin hollow tube that is moved back and forth to break the fat cells and suction them out of the body. Although the incisions made during liposuction are tiny and inconspicuous, surgeons at DNA Skin Clinic make sure they are placed in the natural creases of the skin to further conceal them. For e.g. if it is abdominal liposuction, incision will be made in the navel area.

Throughout the surgery, the doctor keeps an eye on the heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels.

If the patient has been given a local anesthetic and is experiencing pain during the surgery, he/she must let the doctor know about it. Its possible that the medication or movements need to be changed.

Depending on the amount of fat removed and the areas to be targeted, the process could last several hours.

After the procedure

  • After the operation, one can expect some pain, swelling, and bruising in the area treated. The doctor may give pain relievers as well as antibiotics to limit the chance of infection.
  • The doctor may leave the wounds open and insert temporary drains to promote fluid drainage after the procedure. For a few weeks, tight compression garment needs to be worn to help reduce swelling.
  • The patient may need to wait a few days to return back to work and a few weeks to resume strenuous activities including exercise.

  • Swelling usually goes away after a few weeks of Liposuction.
  • The treated area appears to be less bulky. Expect the treated area to appear slimmer within a few months.
  • Although the skin loses rigidity as it ages, the results of liposuction are usually long-lasting as long as one is able to maintain weight.

Types of Liposuction

With the advancements in medical technologies, there are many ‘safe’ liposuction techniques available, such as:

  • Tumescent liposuction It is a traditional liposuction technique in which a sterile solution is injected in the area where the fat is to be removed. It's made up of saline, or saltwater, as well as lidocaine and epinephrine. The solution makes suctioning the fat easier, with less blood loss and pain.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction or UAL It is one of the latest and most used liposuction techniques nowadays. It uses sound waves to tear fat cell walls beneath the skin. This causes the fat to change its state to liquid form, allowing it to be suctioned out easily without damaging any surrounding nerves and cells. This technique allows precision, hence, it is preferred to perform hi-definition liposuction which is also popular as 6 pack abs liposuction.
  • SmartLipo or laser-assisted liposuction As the name indicates, this technique uses a laser to generate results. The laser heat liquefies the fat and also helps in tightening the skin to some extent. So, it is chosen for those who have mild skin laxity along with unwanted stubborn fat. It is suitable for smaller areas such as underarms, double chin etc.
  • Apart from these, other types of liposuction include dry liposuction, super-wet liposuction, power-assisted liposuction. But, these are very rarely used now.

What happens during the consultation for liposuction?

Following things are discussed during the consultation:

  • Medical history (if any), drug allergies, and on-going medical treatments.
  • What the patient desires to achieve with the surgery.
  • Any medications, vitamins, supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.
  • Previous surgeries (if any).

The doctor will also:

  • Assess the health status and any pre-existing health status or risk factors
  • Take pictures if needed
  • Discuss liposuction options
  • Advise the most suitable course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of liposuction and any risks or any complications

Risks Associated with Liposuction:

The latest liposuction techniques are quite safe and do not pose any serious risks of complication. The risks are further reduced when the surgery is performed by an experienced liposuction surgeon. Some of the common side effects of liposuction can be as follows:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Asymmetrical contours

To avail a safe liposuction, please feel free to meet the best liposuction surgeon in Bangalore at DNA Skin Clinic.

Exercises After Liposuction

The surgeons provide a few instructions after liposuction surgery in Bangalore that must be adhered to for the best results. This also includes exercise regimen.

  • After two days of liposuction treatment, light aerobic exercises and walking are recommended.
  • Return to exercise routines slowly.
  • Most doctors advise waiting three weeks post-surgery before engaging in high-impact sports like jogging.
  • Resistance exercise routines should be gradually resumed and increased according to tolerance.
  • If the patient experiences any discomfort, soreness, or discharge as a result of these resistance exercises, he/she must consult the doctor immediately.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. 1. Are the results of liposuction long-term?

Ans. During liposuction, fat cells are permanently eliminated. However, it is recommended to follow a diet rich in protein, fruits and vegetables, healthy grains, and low-fat dairy to maintain weight post-surgery. Also, exercise on a regular basis.

The results can last for years or even a lifetime. But, the results may be less noticeable if an individual gains weight.

Q.2 When are the results of liposuction visible?

Ans. A significant difference can be visible immediately after the surgery, but it takes months to see your final result as the swelling goes down and skin redrapes the new body contours.

Q. 3 Is liposuction a weight loss treatment to treat obesity?

Ans. Liposuction is not used to address obesity, and it is a common misperception that it is a weight-loss procedure. It's a fat-removal operation, not a weight-loss procedure. The quantity of fat that can be removed is determined by a variety of factors while keeping the patient’s safety in mind.

Q. 4. What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

Ans. Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat from troublesome areas of the body. The surgical incisions for liposuction are small, and the recovery time is less. Liposuction does not tighten extra skin caused by substantial weight loss after delivery whereas tummy tuck is a procedure where the surgical area is larger and the incision is longer. While liposuction aims at removing the stubborn fat only, a tummy tuck aims at excess skin removal and tightening of the abdominal muscles. So, most women need a tummy tuck after childbirth and sometimes even liposuction is combined with it. This combination procedure is referred to as Lipo-abdominoplasty.

Q.5 Is Liposuction a painful procedure?

Ans. During the surgery, either general or local anesthetic is used to alleviate pain and discomfort. And, after the surgery, patient is given pain medication and antibiotics to manage the discomfort.

Q. 6 Is there a scar from Liposuction surgery?

Ans. Given the fact that liposuction is a surgical operation, there will be a scar. The scars are very tiny, measuring just a few centimeters in length, hidden in natural creases of the body and they go away over time.

Q. 7 Can Liposuction be done twice on the same body part?

Ans. Liposuction can be performed in the treated area more than once. However, it is rarely needed. Liposuction, in general, does not need multiple sessions. In a single surgery, it is possible to achieve desired and long-lasting results, if the patient maintains his/her health.

Q.8 Which is better: Liposuction Or CoolSculpting?

Ans. CoolSculpting removes less fat per treatment, you may need many Cool Sculpting treatments to achieve the desired outcome. And, as mentioned above liposuction provides desired results in a single treatment session.

Q. 9 Will Liposuction tighten the skin?

Ans. Although the proportion of fatty tissue in the treated area will be reduced, the remaining skin will tighten slightly. Laser-assisted liposuction is specifically known to tighten the skin but to some extent only. Excess skin is not treated with liposuction. If the person has excess skin he/she will need to combine liposuction with surgeries such as tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, etc.

Q. 10 Can liposuction be combined with other plastic surgery procedures?

 Ans. Other plastic operations, such as facelifts, breast reductions, and stomach tucks, can be combined with liposuction.

Q. 11 What is the cost of liposuction in Bangalore?

Ans.

  • The cost of liposuction varies according to the following factors: Type of technique being used
  • Whether a single or multiple body parts are to be targeted
  • Whether any other surgical procedures are to be combined
  • Experience of the surgeon

To know the exact liposuction cost in Bangalore, please feel free to visit DNA Skin Clinic.

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