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Understanding Liposuction

Dr. G. Sharath Chandra Reddy, Wednesday, September 8, 2021

WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?

Liposuction is a commonly performed cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of fat deposits. It is done through a hollow instrument known as a cannula. The fat is removed through this procedure by using a high-pressure vacuum.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE SURGERY?

Before the surgery, patients should have various health tests to make sure they are fit to go through. These include blood tests, medical history, and medications. The results of these should be discussed in consultation.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SURGERY?

Patients may receive a general anaesthesia before a surgery, which lasts till the end of the surgery. An epidural may be used for treatments on the lower body. In this case, the anesthetic is injected into the epidural space surrounding the dura, or fluid-filled sac, caround the spine. This partially numbs the abdomen and legs. If the patient requires only local anesthesia, they might be asked to stand up during the procedure to ensure proper fat removal.

TYPES OF PROCEDURE:

Tumescent liposuction is a type of fat removal procedure that uses a liquid anesthetic and a small vessel-constrictor to get rid of fat. 

Dry liposuction: No fluid is injected before the fat is removed. This method is seldom used today. There is a higher risk of bruising and bleeding.

Power-assisted liposuction (PAS): PAS is a procedure that uses a motorized system to accelerate the breakdown of fat cells. This treatment can help remove fat deposits from the body in less time.


WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY?

The clear results of the procedure are seen once inflammation goes down. Most patients will experience a reduction in size within 4 to 6 weeks


BENEFITS:

Less blood is lost.

Intravenous fluid replacement is not necessary.

Bacteriostatic lidocaine may decrease the risk of infections.

Tumescence magnifies defects; therefore, the likelihood of needing a secondary procedure may be less.

Lipid-soluble lidocaine is somewhat suctioned out with the aspirated fat.

Vasoconstriction minimizes absorption.


Dr. G. Sharath Chandra Reddy

Consultant Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery

KIMS Hospitals, Kondapur.







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