Fat removal (Liposuction):
Liposuction, which is also known as suction assisted fat removal is Surgical procedure in which fat is sucked out from area of body with excess accumulation of fat. Liposuction is not an alternative to proper diet or regular exercise. Liposuction is a means of achieving body contouring and is not a weight loss method. The amount of fat removed varies between doctors, generally the average amount of fat removed is 4-5 kg.
Liposuction removes fat cells (also called Adipose Cells) by sucking fat using special cannulas (hollow tubes made of Stainless Steel or other hard metal) and aspirator (a suction device).
Liposuction is mainly used for double chin, gynaecomastia , abdominal fat, and localised fat on arms, thighs, hips & back.
The safety of Liposuction relates to the amount of fat removed, the choice of anesthetic agent used and overall health of patient. Ideally a patient should be as fit as possible before the procedure and should have given up smoking for several months.
A good candidate is above 18 yrs, in good health & follows a proper diet and exercise schedule. Diabetes, heart disease infection and other Medical Problems are considered high risk for Liposuction procedure. Results are generally poor In older people,as the skin is less elastic, and does not tighten up easily to the new shape. In these cases abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can be added to the liposuction .
The suctioned fat cells (adipose cells) are permanently gone. However, if patient doesn’t diet and exercise properly, the remaining fat cells can enlarge, creating false impression on regaining of weight.
The likelihood of probable complication, which are seen more nowadays, increase when very large areas are treated and large amount of fat removal is demanded by the patient.
At Saraswat Hospital, we generally take out maximum upto 5 litres of fat. We keep fat in few syringes to correct irregularities if present.
We see patients who have already undergone the Liposuction elsewhere and have Contour irregularities, where the treated areas have bumpy appearance, due to uneven fat removal. These changes can be permanent.
We treat such cases by doing Syringe Liposuction using specialised instruments from Tulip, so that there is minimal damage to harvested Fat Cells, and they are then re-injected into irregular areas. So if you have had any such complications with prior procedure, Dr Satya Saraswat will make special plans to correct them.
We have a Special Fat Stem Cell Lab, the first of it’s kind in India, where we harvest Stem Cells from Fat & use them for variety of Applications.
Dr Satya Saraswat is member of ISAPS – International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and regularly attending the International Conferences and Workshops to keep himself abreast of all advances in this field.
Fast Facts about Liposuction:
- Length of Liposuction Surgery – 1 to 4 hours
- Anaesthesia used in Liposuction – Local Anaesthesia/ General Anaesthesia
- Length of Stay- 1 day
- Recovery- Normal Activity in 7-14 days
- Scars- Tiny & inconspicuously placed
- Contour irregularities- seen commonly due to unevenly performed procedure, can be corrected by another surgery.
- Fluid accumulation- Temporary, may sometimes need evacuation with syringe.
- Temporary Numbness
- Infection- Very Rare in patients with other Medical Problems
- Puncture of an Internal Organ- Needs Emergency Surgery, inluding other Surgical Specialities
- Fat embolism- It is a Medical Emergency.
- Kidney and heart problems- Seen in Large area/volume Liposuction
- Very Rarely Death has been reported.
At Saraswat Hospital, we take complete precautions before taking for procedure (ask for complete Medical & Social History & Fitness Certificate from a Physician).
It is mainly useful for double chin, gynaecomastia (female type male breasts), abdominal fat, abnormal fat on arms, thighs, hips & back.