Liposuction surgery or Lipo as in abbreviation it is called is a procedure to remove fat from certain parts of the body and tries to change the shape of the body. It is mostly performed on abdomen, love handles, thighs, arms, buttocks, neck, chin and calves.
Let’s get this straight; liposuction is not a Weight Loss or Bariatric Surgery. If you are suffering from obesity, then liposuction is not for you. Liposuction is one kind of a cosmetic surgery that intends to remove existing fat, but does not address the actual cause of the weight gain.
This cosmetic surgery can help you reduce your waist size by few inches or if you have heavy thighs, it can make it look slimmer. Patients who opt for liposuction are normally healthy and not so much obese, but they just want fat removed from specific parts of body.
How is Liposuction surgery performed?
As liposuction removes fat, it is important to understand what is fat? A fat is a tissue made up of cells that stores energy. Fat is stored under the skin; and where it is deposited around the body depends on the gender.
During a liposuction procedure, the cosmetic surgeon makes a tiny cut on the skin and inserts a hollow, stainless-steel tube called a cannula into the deep fat layer. The doctor pushes and pulls cannula to break up the fat cells and a vacuum pump sucks the fat and deposits it into container. The surgery is performed under general or local anaesthesia. It usually works fine on people with normal weight and good skin elasticity.
It can give better results if the surgery is performed along with few other cosmetic surgeries like tummy tuck and breast augmentation.
Benefits of Liposuction
As you must be aware by now, that lipo is performed for cosmetic purpose rather than for health benefits, but sometimes it is used to treat explicit conditions. Lipo can be really helpful in Lymphedema where excess fluid stored in tissues can be removed. It is also helpful in gynecomastia where excess fat can be removed from man’s breast area. Here are few generic benefits:
- Enhance the shape of your body
- Overall improved health with less fat
- Removal of lipomas, which are like fat tumors in certain areas of the body.
- Helps treat lipodystrophy syndrome to make patient look symmetrical again.
- Almost immediate results apart from minor swelling
How painful is liposuction surgery?
As liposuction is performed under anaesthesia, you won’t feel a thing during the operation. 2-4 days immediately after the liposuction can be little painful depending on the anaesthesia used. Patients are always given pain killers to manage the pain in the initial days. After the effect of anaesthesia is contracted, patient may feel symptoms like sunburn on the skin, muscle soreness or mild pain.
Swelling and soreness of skin happens due to blood clots remaining under the skin after the liposuction surgery. Doctors prefer complete drainage of the blood through tiny liposuction incisions, so that no clots are present under the skin.
How much weight can you lose after liposuction?
So, here is the most important question one may ask, how much actual weight can one lose after the surgery? Liposculpture Suction as it is also known, is not actually a fat loss surgery, but it removes the fat from certain parts of the body, so don’t expect to see much difference on a weight scale after the surgery. If you watch your diet, keep working out with exercise and/or gym and follow a healthy lifestyle, you will eventually be able to move the needle of the weight scale.
How much does it cost to get liposuction surgery done?
It is not possible to give exact cost of liposuction as each patient has different requirements and costs vary a lot for this procedure. The cost is dependent on many factors like treatment areas, body type, procedures and technology used, doctor’s experience and geographic location.
Apart from temporary side effects like swelling, bruises and discomfort, liposuction surgery works best. Infact it is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in United States. Apart from celebrities who want to look best for their roles, normal people are also opting for this surgery as it can not only enhance your looks, but also boost your confidence.