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Liposuction or Lipoplasty is a surgical procedure in which excessive fat or ‘lipo’ collections are removed from specific areas of body by ‘suction’. It slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improves body contours, proportion, and ultimately, improving self-image. Hence, it is more aptly addressed as “liposculpting” also. Currently, liposuction is the most commonly performed surgery in the world making it the most potent tool for emerging victorious in "the battle of the bulge" now existent worldwide.

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Is Liposuction Right for You?

While liposuction (sometimes referred to as lipoplasty) has helped countless people since the modern version of the procedure first appeared in the early 1980s, not everyone is a good candidate for the treatment. Generally speaking, good liposuction candidates will be in good physical shape, having used traditional weight loss techniques such as diet and exercise to remove as much excess fat as possible. This policy is advisable for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, a liposuction procedure can safely remove only a limited amount of material before the risk of certain medical complications arises (though Dr. Richards is a recognized authority on the safe performance of higher volume liposuction procedures). In addition, patients who have demonstrated a commitment to fitness are more likely to keep the weight off and enjoy the benefits of their surgery.

When appropriate, though, liposuction can offer excellent body sculpting possibilities to people with stubborn fat pockets in the trunk, hips, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and elsewhere, especially when combined with an arm lift, breast lift, or tummy tuck to address the shape of the skin. These procedures are often combined in a series of plastic surgery procedures after weight loss.

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Fat Removed after Liposuction?

Liposuction is a simple & safe surgical procedure, anybody healthy and having tried exercise, dieting but failed, can undergo liposuction. Though it is possible to undergo liposuction at almost any age, best results can be obtained if one’s skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour following fat removal. Inelastic skin as in some older patients or after multiple childbirths may not recover well only with liposuction, making a skin tightening procedure (like abdominoplasty / thigh lift) inevitable for better results. Liposuction may be performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, calves, arms, buttocks, back, neck, face or enlarged male breast (gynecomastia).

A session of liposuction may include more than one site, for instance, the abdomen, back, and thighs all on the same day. Women and men who are overweight or of relatively normal weight but having isolated fat pockets causing certain areas of their body to appear disproportionate, are particularly well suited to liposuction. Resistant areas like belly, back and side bags are routinely done. These localized fat deposits may at times be inherited traits that normally are impervious to dieting or exercise. However, whether the fat is localized or dispersed making the person overweight or obese, in any case, one should not fall prey to appealing advertisements claiming “X” kg guaranteed weight loss in countable days without any exercise or dietary restrictions. People tend to consider that these outlets can work against Newton’s Law of motion and get a desired weight or shape passively, without any effort. However in due course of time they feel cheated as such mighty claims fall flat. It’s an established fact that weight gain occurs only when the input of calories increases the output. It should be borne in mind that there is no short cut for weight loss other than by reducing the input / diet or by increasing the output by way of regular exercise regime to burn those extra calories unless there is some hormonal imbalance underplaying, which again demands medical attention. So, doing “nothing” would reduce “nothing” only, both theoretically and practically, no matter what any on brags. However, the notion that liposuction is a low-effort alternative to exercise and diet for weight reduction is also not justified. Any weight loss method enfolds an innate fear of weight gain. Contrary to normal apprehensions, liposuction is done for nearly permanent reduction of ‘resistant’ fat spots. The rationale behind no regain of removed fat unlike other weight reduction processes is that an individual is born with certain fixed number of fat cells which do not increase in number but only in size with age. Once liposuction removes considerable number of fat cells they cannot regenerate again and account for fat increase. Frequently liposuction is also used very efficiently to treat a condition called gynecomastia or male breast enlargement, showing aesthetically better results with minimal scarring, rapid healing due to least incision compared to open surgery.

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FAQ Regarding Liposuction?

Q. How long is the Liposuction Surgery Post-Op and Recovery time?

A. When liposuction is done totally by local anesthesia, patients can usually depart from the surgical facility within 30 minutes of the completion of surgery. When general anesthesia is employed, then patients usually require one to three hours of post-anesthesia observation before being discharged home. Most patients can return to a desk-type job with two days after tumescent liposuction. Because of the significant decrease in swelling, inflammation and pain after tumescent liposuction, patients are able to return to normal physical activities very soon after tumescent liposuction.

Q. Is there Pain or Discomfort after Liposuction Surgery?

A.During the two days immediately after liposuction, the amount of pain experienced depends on the type of anesthesia used for liposuction. Soreness is usually the most intense 2 to 4 days after liposuction and then decreases steadily. The tenderness and soreness typically is quite bothersome for up to 4 weeks, but gradually subsides over the following next 4 to 8 weeks.

Q. How does Liposuction Affect the Appearance of the Skin?

A.The appearance of skin after liposuction depends on the skin’s elasticity. Skin with good elasticity should look smooth and natural after liposuction. Scars are not a common problem with modern liposuction which uses very small cannulas (microcannulas) and thus only very small incision are required.

Q. Is Liposuction a Reasonable Treatment for Obesity?

A.Liposuction is not a good treatment of obesity. Liposuction is not effective, even as a last resort, for people who are unable to lose weight by dieting and exercise.

Q. Is it Normal to be Anxious Before having Liposuction Surgery?

A.Yes. Almost everyone has some degree of anxiety before having a surgical procedure, including liposuction. Some people have more anxiety than others.

Q. How does Abdominal Liposuction Differ from a "Tummy Tuck"?

A. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a major surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia, and involves liposuction and excision to remove fat, plus a large excision of skin. In many patients (but not all) liposuction of the abdomen can often provide equivalent or better results than a tummy tuck. Because liposuction is safer and causes less scarring compared to tummy tucks, abdominal liposuction is now far more common than are tummy tucks.

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If you’d like to show off those abs and pectorals you’ve worked so hard to develop but can’t because of stubborn fat pockets, contact us today to schedule a liposuction consultation with Dr. Reetesh Purwar. Please let us know if there are any other procedures not found on this site that you would like to discuss.