Melt Those Bags Away

Liposuction is melting of  fat and removing it from your body. This is the quickest way of losing body fat.  `Lipo’ as it is commonly called is used for  body sculpting and can be done on any part of the body. The procedure involves melting of the fat by three different methods. This liquid fat is then removed with thin tubes called  cannulas which are inserted around the fat deposit through tiny incisions.



The three methods of doing Liposuction are


  • Tumescent Liposuction·       
  • Ultrasound Assisted
  • Laser Assisted


Tumescent Liposuction

This technique involves injecting a large amount of a dilute solution of local anesthesia (lidocaine and epinephrine) into the targeted areas which melts the fat. This liquid fat is then removed through canulas using a suction machine. This is one of the most frequently used method and can remove upto 8% of the body fat in one sitting. The second sitting if required can be done at an interval of 3 months. The procedure takes anywhere between 3-6 hours and requires a hospital stay of only 8-10 hours. The skin has a tendency to sag at the areas from which fat has been removed. In order to prevent this the patient is given a compression garment for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction

Ultrasound waves are used to melt the fat deposits which is then extracted through the Cannula. Since the fat deposits have already been broken down the incision size can be reduced. This has less bruising and swelling but can result in tissue burns.

Laser Assisted Liposuction

A laser is used to bombard the fat with low energy waves for melting it. Once again the incisions are usually no bigger than a rice grain. The bruising and swelling afterwards seem to subside at the same rate as that of the procedure of ultrasound assisted liposuction. The risk of tissue damage is still present.

Doctors are divided over the use of Liposuction as a slimming procedure.  The best benefits of Liposuction are obtained when the procedure is used to remove obstinate fat on people who are not able to exercise due to obesity. After Liposuction the further weight reduction should be done through proper diet and exercise. Whether or not liposuction is needed depends from case to case. Sometimes it is used as a method to simply boost one’s confidence, in which case the patient should be realistic about the results which may take 3 months to 6 months after the procedure. Other times it is used to treat medical conditions such as benign fatty tumors, gynecomastia (male breasts), symptoms of lipodystrophy etc. However it is not a permanent cure for obesity. Patients with  heart disease or  history of blood-clotting disorders should not get liposuction done.  






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