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    Liposuction

    Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or liposculpture, is surgical removal of excess fat tissues by the use of small metal cannulas. It is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure in the world.

    What are the indications for liposuction?

    Liposuction works best for treating localized fat deposits like Abdomen,  Hips, Thighs, Buttocks, Waist, Back, Cheek, Jowls and Neck, Arms, Upper Torso, etc. that do not respond to traditional diet and exercise. The treated areas will usually retain the new contours. Large volume of fat removal will also help reduce weight of the person with proper dietery care.

    if the fat is removed, will it return?

    Most of the fat cells are situated under the skin. The total number of fat cells present in a person’s body usually does not increase in number after the age of 18 years.  In general, after reaching maturity the total number of fat cells in the body will not increase. Fat cells that are removed through liposuction or other techniques will not be replaced by other fat cells. So Therefore, the fat cells that are removed, are removed permanently.

    What are the common sequelae of liposuction?

    The common sequelae include contour irregularities, numbness, swelling & discoloration, which occur routinely in almost all patients who undergo liposuction. However, they usually resolve spontaneously or with minimal treatment such as massage & Pressure garment.

    How much fat can be removed?

    Usually upto 10% of total body weight, deposited extra subcutaneous fat can be removed safely in a single sitting from different parts of body.

    What is the postoperative care required?

    No special care is required but one needs to wear pressure garment for at least 3-6 months.

    What is “wetting solution”? Why do we use it?

    Wetting solution is the delivery of subcutaneous saline. Injection into the subcutaneous fat before liposuction. It has an advantage of allowing fat suction with minimal effort & blood loss.

    Does the excessive skin need to be excised after removal of fat by liposuction?

    In general, despite large amounts of fat being removed, skin has good elasticity and will give no laxity. However, in patients with inelastic skin or in older patients, the skin may not redrape and skin removal may be needed. (Tummy tuck / Abdominoplasty)

    The results of liposuction can be permanent, provides you eat sensibly and exercise regularly. If you gain weight, you will gain it more uniformly throughout your body and not just in the former “Bulges”.

    When will the results be apparent?

    The results of liposuction are usually seen after 3 weeks to 3 months and improvement continued even later.

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