Liposuction is a body-sculpting procedure to remove fat that is unresponsive to dieting and exercising. This procedure can be applied to any area of the body. Liposuction is used effectively to reduce love handles, saddlebags, a double-chin, a bulge around the waistline, or other unsightly fatty deposits in order to develop a better shape and create a more beautiful body.
Liposuction results in a slimmer and better proportioned figure.
Reasons for Considering Liposuction:
1. Eliminate fat from any of the following areas:
Chin and Neckline
Stomach and Waistline
Hips and Buttocks
Thighs and Knees
Calves and Ankles
2. Create a more proportioned figure
Liposuction is not a replacement for proper exercise and diet. Instead, liposuction is a reduction procedure for stubborn areas where fat accumulates and does not reduce. Used in combination with several areas of the body, liposuction can provide a well proportioned body appearance. Ideal surgical candidates are those already in good physical condition but having stubborn areas that do not respond to diet and exercise.
Liposuction can be done under general anesthesia with the patient asleep or under local anesthesia where the area is numbed and the patient remains awake. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or “cannula” is inserted and used to vacuum out the fatty tissue beneath the skin. There are several different types of liposuction procedures.
Tumescent Technique. Dr. Sachin Shah favors the tumescent technique for fat removal by liposuction. This is the gold standard liposuction technique that all other techniques are based on. It is a very common misconception that other techniques like laser lipo are fundamentally different than tumescent lipo… they’re not. The tumescent technique involves much less discomfort and a quicker recovery time other liposuction methods. Tumescent liposuction involves the use of a solution which is injected into the tissues prior to liposuction. The fat tissue actually plumps up and “tumesces”. In the next step, this fat is suctioned out with cannulas.
Laser Liposuction. The idea behind laser liposuction is that a laser cannula is used to melt fat cells before the suctioning step of regular liposuction. The biggest misconception about laser liposuction is that it is a different technique than tumescent liposuction. It really is not. Laser lipo still requires a tumescent lipo. The only difference is the additional “laser” step in between the tumescent solution and the regular suctioning. For most patients, this step only adds additional time and cost to the procedure with no better results than regular lipo, but for some specific body areas like the arms and neck, this may be considered. SMART Lipo, VASER Lipo, Cool Lipo, and SLIM Lipo are all laser lipo and all essentially the same technology.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL). This technique uses a hand piece that vibrates the liposuction cannula very fast. This vibration allows the cannula to pass through fibrous tissue easily and therefore speeds up the fat removal process.
Ultrasonic Liposuction. In Ultrasonic lipo ultrasound waves are used to ease the passage of the cannula through the tissue. The ultrasonic method isn’t quite as popular because the ultrasound cannulas can heat up and lead to a slight risk of skin burns, which is also possible with laser lipo.
Micro Liposuction. Micro Lipo involves the use of ultra fine cannulas to reduce the volume of delicate areas of the body like the chin, jowls, knees, and ankles.
New techniques allow for faster recovery from liposuction procedures. The length of the recovery will depend on how extensive an operation the patient undergoes. Most liposuction patients can return to work in less than a week, and some can even go back as soon as a few days after the procedure. Everyone is different though, so as long as you plan about a week off, you’ll be fine. A support garment may need to be worn for several weeks after the surgery. Minor pain associated with surgery can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the directions given after surgery. Most patients will notice a nice change around 2-3 weeks after surgery that will only continue to improve over a full 6-9 months.