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Liposuction, or simply lipo, is a type of fat removal procedure used in plastic surgery. Evidence does not support an effect on weight beyond a couple of months and it does not appear to affect obesity related problems. In the United States it is the most commonly done cosmetic surgery.

The procedure may be performed under general, regional, or local anesthesia. It then involves using a cannula and negative pressure to suck out fat. It is believed to work best on people with a normal weight and good skin elasticity.

While the suctioned fat cells are permanently gone, after a few months overall body fat generally returns to the same level as before treatment. This is despite maintaining the previous diet and exercise regimen. While the fat returned somewhat to the treated area, most of the increased fat occurred in the abdominal area. Visceral fat – the fat surrounding the internal organs – increased, and this condition has been linked to life-shortening diseases such as diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.

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Are you looking to reduce excessive fat in your body and gain a youthful look with a shapely body, then a cost effective Liposuction Surgery in India may be the perfect way out for you. Liposuction surgery is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat deposits to sculpt and reshape specific areas of the body. This in turn improves the contours and proportion of the body.

In the following sections, we provide you with information as listed below –

  1. What is Liposuction?
  2. Cost of Liposuction Surgery
  3. Liposuction  Surgery, Recovery, Risks and Medical tests needed for Surgery
  4. Best Doctors and Hospitals for Liposuction Surgery
  5. Frequently asked questions about Liposuction Surgery

Diagnosis for liposuction 

Liposuction is a highly individualized procedure. The  diagnostic criteria for individuals opting for liposuction are as follows:

  • The person should be an adult and their body weight should be within 30% of their ideal weight
  • The person should have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • The person should not be afflicted with co-morbid disease conditions and should be of good health.
  • This procedure is useful in cases of Lymphedema and Gynecomastia
  • Lipodystrophy syndrome – As per this syndrome fat accumulates in one part of the body which the Liposuction surgery can mitigate by improving body fat distribution.
  • After extreme weight loss it is required to remove excess skin and other abnormalities.
  • This surgery is also useful to treat Lipomas

Types of liposuction 

  • Traditional Liposuction –The traditional  Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia meaning that the patient is unconscious during the procedure. The surgeon makes an incision and inserts a cannula. The cannula is then moved back and forth to break up fat cells which are removed with suction.
  • Tumescent /Super wet Liposuction –This type of liposuction surgery is the safest and most effective. The surgeon makes small incisions in the fatty area to be treated. Then large amounts of saline fluid are injected through these incisions  into the fatty area.  The saline solution helps separate the fat from the muscle. A cannula is then passed back and forth through the areas of excess fat and the fat is removed by a vacuum pump.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) – This procedure is also known as ultrasonic liposuction. This process uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning. It also tightens the skin during the process, which is an added advantage.
  • Power assisted liposuction (PAL) –In PAL a powered cannula is utilized which produces tiny, rapid vibrations to loosen and break up fat cells. This process allows more fat to be removed and comparatively can be performed more quickly. It also causes less discomfort and there is less post-operative bruising as well.
  • Laser Assisted Lipolysis (LAL) –LAL is also known as laser-guided lipo. In this procedure a small tube is inserted through an incision.  Through the tube laser, energy and heat is delivered into the fat that lies under the skin which then is suctioned out.

Procedure of liposuction 

Before procedure:

  • As a first step, a discussion will happen between the patient and the surgeon. This discussion will cover the patient’s expectations from the procedure, its benefits, potential risks and post operative care.
  • An evaluation of the patient will be conducted by a team of doctors – the surgical team, clinical dietician and a psychologist.
  • Complete medical history will be taken and noted.
  • A series of preoperative lab tests will be performed to check whether the patient is fit for surgery
  • If the patient is taking any medications it will be advised to adjust these medications, It is also advisable to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs or any herbal supplements as they can cause increase in bleeding
  • If the patient is a smoker then it will be advised to stop smoking

During Procedure: 

  • Depending on the surgeons’ preference and requirement, the anesthesia that will be given to the patient before surgery may be local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
  • The surgeon will make small and inconspicuous incisions to start the Liposuction procedure
  • Then through these small incisions large amounts of saline fluid are injected into the fatty area that is to be treated. The purpose of the saline solution is to help separate fat from muscle.
  • To loosen excess fat a thin hollow tube or cannula is inserted through the incisions.
  • Further in the procedure, the dislodged fat is suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

After procedure:

  • Post the operation, the surgeon may leave the incisions open so that excess fluid and blood can be drained from the body. So small temporary drains may be placed in the incisions beneath the skin to remove the excess blood or fluid.
  • Following the liposuction surgery a common experience is swelling and fluid retention.
  • In the area where the fat was removed numbness may be experienced which should improve in 6 to 8 weeks.
  • To cover the area of the procedure it is advised that compression garment or elastic bandages be used. This will help to control swelling and compress the skin to match with the new body contours.
  • During the time of healing care should be taken so that the incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion.
  • The doctor will prescribe medications to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection.
  • Once the swelling and fluid retention commonly experienced following the procedure subsides then the improved body contour will become apparent .

Complications of liposuction: 

In Liposuction complications are rare, however like any other surgical procedure it also carries certain risks and it would be in our interest to be aware of such complications. These could be – :

  • Organ perforation
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clot, which can be life threatening
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Numbness
  • Pain, bruising and swelling around the operated site
  • If too much fat is removed then there may be lumpiness or dents in the skin.

Factors affecting cost of liposuction procedure 

  • The hospital that the patient is opting for would be an important determinant of the total treatment cost.
  • Fee of the Surgeon and the team of doctors
  • Cost of Medical Tests
  • Cost of post surgery follow up

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