Liposuction - Remove accumulated fat

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Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from localized areas of the body. The bodyweight increases due to fluid retention and fat accumulation in the fat cells. The number of those cells is fixed throughout one’s lifetime, but they can increase their volume. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in the surgical area; therefore, the results are stable and permanent. The patients have fat deposits on different body areas and they are unable to lose them through diet and exercise. Some common areas for liposuction includes the stomach, thighs, hips, arms, neck and back. Candidates who do well with liposuction have good skin tone and elasticity.

Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity and does not remove cellulite, but it is a way of changing the body's shape and contour.

The result of the procedure is stable in generally, and not dependable on whether the patient puts on or loses weight. The removal of excess fat, mainly from the thighs, may cause skin laxity and in some cases require a Thigh Lift.


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The Liposuction is performed under General Anesthesia and can last from 45 minutes to 2 hours.The procedure involves introducing a significant amount of solution into the treated area which helps to minimize bleeding and bruising and also numbing the area to reduce any pain.Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. The suction action is provided by a vacuum pump or a large syringe, depending on the surgeon's preference.

An elastic compression garment must be worn immediately after the procedure to reduce postoperative swelling. This garment has to be on for 20 days and can be removed only when bathing.

Fluid may drain from the incision sites for several days and a course of antibiotics will be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection.After the procedure there can be some post-operative discomforts, some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding and temporary numbness.The stitches are removed or dissolve on their own within the first week to 10 days. Although most of the bruising and swelling usually disappears within three weeks, some swelling may remain for six months or more.The body contour improvement will become apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided and in about three months, any persistent mild swelling usually disappears and the final contour will be visible.

Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL) requires the use of a special cannula that produces ultrasonic energy and as it passes through the areas of fat, the energy explodes the walls of the fat cells, liquefying the fat. The fat is then removed with the traditional liposuction technique.This technique is usually done in a smaller volume body areas and may take longer than the classical procedure.