Liposuction is primarily for body shaping and not for weight reduction though there is some weight reduction. Liposuction can be used to remove fat from your abdomen, hips, thighs, love handle, saddle bags, arms, necks, breasts, & others parts
Liposuction can be performed through various mechanisms. Some of these mechanisms include Suction – Assisted (SAL), Ultrasound-Assisted (UAL), and Power – Assisted (PAL).
At First Consultation
You should express your desires and expectations. The surgeon will evaluate your medical health and explain the surgical techniques available to you. Your questions will be answered as thoroughly as possible. Thorough examinations of the area to be removed will also be performed. The surgeon will go over the risks and potential complications of the procedure, as well as the pre-operative and post-operative process.
The anaesthetic: If small volumes of fat are to be removed then VASER has the advantage that a local anaesthetic is all that is required and this means that you are awake during the procedure. For larger volumes of fat removal or if multiple areas are treated then a ‘twilight’ anaesthetic can be used which means that an intravenous sedation technique (TIVA, total intravenous anaesthesia) is more suitable. For even larger volumes of fat removal a full general anaesthetic may be required.
The markings for liposuction is done in the standing position. The surgeon begins the operation by making a small incision of 4-5mm long in the selected area. The fat layer is then infused with tumescent fluid containing lidocaine and adrenaline to control blood loss. A small probe, which transmits ultrasonic energy is then inserted. The probe is used to selectively break the stubborn fat cells and emulsify into the liquid infusion. The emulsified fat is then removed using a specially designed suction cannula Vent.
As the procedure only requires a small incision and no physical force whatsoever, the payback period is much shorter than traditional liposuction. Moreover, no suturing or sewing is necessary, and during the healing process, the skin retracts seamlessly to give firmer looking, smoother and more natural feel. However, some scars are inevitable. Patients can expect to resume their normal activities after a week, depending on the area treated and amount of fat removed.
Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
Using traditional mechanisms of liposuction such as SAL requires the surgeon to manually move the cannula through the parts of the body where fat needs to be extracted and hence the movements are sometimes difficult and tiring. It can also prevent the surgeon from extracting all of the fat necessary for the procedure to be efficient and successful. Power-assisted liposuction involves the uses of a specialized mechanical device added to the cannula to help in the extraction of fat.
The device used in power-assisted liposuction is a specialized cannula, which incorporates a mechanical device on the tip that creates small but rapid vibrations. These vibrations break up fat cells so they can be extracted more efficiently and in less time than with a traditional cannula. The shorter period of time makes the procedure safer because there is less chance of infection. The procedure also has a faster recovery time than longer, older forms of liposuction. The vibrating tip also allows the surgeon to guide the cannula through the tissue with less effort, and the movement allows for greater precision. Specific areas can be precisely targeted without causing damage to other surrounding tissue. The power-assisted liposuction is performed in conjunction with the tumescent liposuction technique.
This procedure is easy to execute since it uses ultrasound to liquefy the fat. However, this technique does not effectively remove fat from the upper abdomen,sides,and back.
Liposuction is a safe procedure with least complications. The common complications include Wound infection- can be controlled with antibiotics Skin bruising-can be resolved in a month time Surface irregularities and mild asymmetry of the treated areas. Serious liposuction complications are quite rare.
Instructions After Surgery
The treated area is properly wrapped to help reduce swelling or pain. Specific firm-fitting garments, cotton pads and tapes may be used. All of these requirements depend on the treated part of the body. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least a month after the procedure. Hardness and altered sensation of the treated areas will be improved gradually over a period of two months.