Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or suction lipectomy, is a body-contouring treatment that removes stubborn fat that you cannot get rid of with exercise and diet. During this cosmetic surgery, a surgeon removes stubborn fat from various body regions. It is, however, worth mentioning that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure as it helps remove fat from the subcutaneous area only.
Table of Contents
- 1 What Makes A Good Candidate For Liposuction?
- 2 Objectives Of Fat Removal With Liposuction Surgery
- 3 Targeted Areas For Liposuction
- 4 How does A Patient Prepare For Liposuction Surgery?
- 5 How Is The Liposuction Procedure Performed?
- 6 Liposuction Techniques
- 7 Risks in Liposuction
- 8 Liposuction Before and After
- 9 Liposuction FAQs
- 10 Consult our Surgeons
What Makes A Good Candidate For Liposuction?
Here are the factors that make you a good candidate for liposuction.
- Your body weight is not more than 30% above what could be your ideal weight.
- You have a firm and elastic skin surface and good muscle tone.
- You are overall healthy with no chronic or life-threatening condition.
- You do not smoke.
- You have realistic expectations of the procedure.
Objectives Of Fat Removal With Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction is mainly an aesthetic procedure that helps change and improves body contours. This treatment permanently removes fat cells from the treated regions, meaning that you won’t get excess fat deposits in those regions in the future even if you gain weight. However, the untreated areas may develop more significant fat bulges in such cases.
Targeted Areas For Liposuction
Liposuction helps reduce subcutaneous fat from the following body areas.
- Inner knees
- Chest and breasts
- Buttocks and butt cheeks
- Outer and inner thighs
- Upper arms
- Chin and areas around the neck
How does A Patient Prepare For Liposuction Surgery?
Here is a summary of the steps involved in preparation for liposuction surgery.
- The doctor will perform tests and medical evaluations to check your candidacy for liposuction.
- They may prescribe some medications or change the medicines you currently take.
- The doctor will likely ask you to stop smoking.
- You will be asked not to take anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can cause blood thinning.
How Is The Liposuction Procedure Performed?
A conventional liposuction procedure involves the following steps.
- First, the anesthesia expert will administer an anesthetic solution to make the surgical process painless. The type of anesthesia depends on your preferences or other needs. Generally, they inject a mixture of local anesthesia and a medicated solution to aid the quick and easy removal of fat cells.
- In the second step, the surgeon will make small incisions in the treatment region and insert a cannula or a thin hollow tube through those incisions into the subcutaneous area. Then, they will move the inserted tube back and forth to loosen the fat cells you want to remove.
- After that, the surgeon will use the vacuum device or a syringe attached to the cannula to suction out the dislodged fat cells.
- Treatment of large areas may require several incisions. The direction through which the cannula and the suction pump are inserted determines the shape of the contour.
- After a few days of fat removal, the doctor may call you for another appointment, during which they insert small drainage tubes in the defatted regions to remove the blood and fluids.
The liposuction procedure is followed by temporary swelling and fluid retention, which usually subside in a few days. The doctor may advise you to wear compression garments for that duration. You will notice a significant improvement in your body contours once you recover.
Liposuction mainly refers to the basic method of suctioning out the fat cells from the subcutaneous region to contour a body area. However, your doctor may choose from several other technologies to achieve specific benefits. Let’s have a quick overview of the most popular liposuction techniques.
Tumescent or conventional liposuction is the most common type. It mainly involves injecting a fluid to melt or loosen fat cells before the surgeon proceeds with the rest of the process. This fluid is a medicated mixture consisting of local anesthesia, salt solution, and a drug (epinephrine) to contract blood vessels. Local anesthesia makes the process painless; salt solution helps dislodge fat cells; epinephrine prevents bleeding, swelling, and bruising.
As evident by the name, this liposuction technique uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells that need to be removed. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and is safe for most individuals. Once the local anesthetic solution is injected, the surgeon numbs the treatment area and makes small incisions. After that, they insert an instrument with a laser-lit tip into those incisions. This tip releases laser energy to melt stubborn fat, which is then suctioned out through a vacuum device.
Vaser liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, amplifies sound energy vibrations to break up fat cells in the subcutaneous region. This treatment is essentially a modification of conventional liposuction. It involves injecting tumescent fluid into the treatment area before the surgeon inserts an ultrasound probe under the skin to release sound waves. Once the bond between fat cells is disrupted, the surgeon inserts a vacuum device to remove fat deposits.
With this technique, the doctor makes tiny incisions in the hidden body areas, such as the groin and belly button. A small tube is used to inject tumescent fluid into the fat cells. After that, the surgeon inserts small-sized cannulas into those incisions. These cannulas spray the saline solution from the tip. This pulsating spraying of saline helps break the bond between fat cells, allowing easy removal.
J-Plasma and Liposuction
Liposuction can be combined with J-plasma to enhance body contouring even further. This technique involves unwanted fat removal with liposuction followed by J-plasma, during which the surgeon inserts a device under the skin to deliver cold plasma. The plasma energy tightens loose skin by constricting stretched tissues.
Risks in Liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that does carry some risks. However, these risks are generally preventable, provided that you get this treatment from a skilled surgeon and follow their instructions afterward.
Some rare risks associated with liposuction include:
- Fat accumulation
- Fat embolism
- Contour irregularities
Liposuction Before and After
Is liposuction permanent?
The fat removal achieved with liposuction tends to be permanent, meaning that the defatted area won’t regrow fat cells in the future.
How long is liposuction recovery?
The initial recovery – after which you can return to work – takes 5-7 days. You can resume your physical activities 4-6 weeks after liposuction. And full recovery usually takes three months.
Is liposuction a weight loss procedure?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure as it doesn’t remove visceral fat. It can only remove subcutaneous fat to help you achieve the body contouring of your choice. If you want to lose weight, you can do it through diet and exercise or gastric bypass surgery, also known as bariatric surgery.
How much fat can be removed surgically?
With liposuction, the amount of fat you may remove can be between six and eight pounds.
How much does it cost to surgically remove fat?
The average starting price of liposuction is 18,000AED. The final cost of the treatment will depend on the treatment area and the treatment technique.
Consult our Surgeons
Liposuction is a quick and predictable way to get rid of stubborn fat and improve body shape. However, the skill of the surgeon performing this treatment is imperative. At EuroMed Clinic Dubai, we have top-rated, highly experienced dermatologists who can help you improve your aesthetics through liposuction and other cosmetic procedures. For more information or to book a consultation, please fill out the form below.