Also Known As: Lipoplasty, Lipo, Liposculpture, Suction Assisted Lipo, Ultrasonic
Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of medium to large amounts of fat deposits in order to reshape and reduce the heavy appearance of the patient.
Liposuction is intended to remove fat, which are under the skin, using a vacuum-like suction (cannula), or an ultrasonic probe.
Liposuction does not promote weight loss. However, it is an effective method for reshaping the body.
Liposuction may be performed on the hips, abdomen, thighs, calves, buttocks, arms, back, face or neck. Each procedure can include two or more areas such as the face and neck, or hips, thighs and buttocks.
Benefits of Liposuction
Liposuction will benefit both male and female who cannot obtain a trim and contoured look by dieting or exercise.
For safety reasons, liposuction is beneficial to overweight men and women, who exceed their body weight by thirty to fifty percent.
Liposuction will benefit patients with good skin elasticity and have no expectations to loose large volumes of weight.
Lipoplasty can help men with large breast size (gynecomastia) and lipomas (fat tumors), in order to reduce the overly large area.
The Liposuction Procedure
Before the lipo procedure, the patient is administered with general anesthesia or local anesthesia, (with or without sedation). Small incisions are made at the area where fat is to be removed. A wetting solution is applied to prevent excessive bleeding and promote fat extraction.
The suction instrument, known as cannulas, is inserted beneath the skin through a chriss-cross-back-and-forth motion within the fat enabling the excess fat to be vacuumed out the system.
The fat output should be measured in cc, without exceeding three to five liters of fat. A binder or garment is placed over the treated site.
Recovery After Liposuction Procedure
Immediately after the liposuction procedure, the patient should walk slightly to reduce possible swelling. A garment or binder is recommended to add pressure to the treated site while reducing swelling.
To prevent infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. Mild burning sensation and numbness is normal and usually disappears in a few days.
Although liposuction may seem a major operation, the patient can go back to work after a week. However, he or she should refrain from strenuous activities for a few months.
The result of liposuction provides a new body shape for the patient. The results are somehow permanent.
A patient who underwent liposuction and gains a few weight after his or her operation, results in a larger version of the new body shape. Since the fat cells, which are removed through liposuction, will not grow back, maintaining the weight is much easier.
If the patient avoids gaining weight, the results of liposuction can be permanent. However, the aging process can produce the usual body changes of the patient’s shape.
Surgical facility And Cost
Lipoplasty can be performed in an outpatient surgery center, surgeon’s office-based center and hospital setting as an outpatient or inpatient.
The cost of liposuction varies largely depending on several factors such as the amount of liposuction performed, surgeon fees and geographical area where the procedure is performed.
There are four fees involved in liposuction – Lipoplasty, surgeon fee, anesthesiologist fee and facility fee. However, each procedure and cost will vary depending on which part is treated and how many areas are treated.
For instance, while abdomen liposuction may cost $3,500 to $9,000, hips, waist and thighs may only cost $2,000 to $6,000.
The average total cost for one specific area is $3,500. Three areas cost $6,800, while five areas may cost up to $10,000. These fees are inclusive of surgeon fee, anesthesiologist and facility fee.
Remember to ask your surgeon regarding liposuction fees during your consultation.
Side Effects, Risks, Complications and Contradictions
In general, liposuction is a safe procedure with minimal complications and side effects.
Complications after liposuction include skin irregularities, hematoma, seromas, hyperpigmentation, swelling, rapid heart rate, blood clots, abdominal organ injuries, excessive blood loss, cardia arrhythmias, allergic reactions to medications and brain damage caused by oxygen deficiency during general anesthesia.