Liposuction - Multi Specialty Hospital | Bangalore Orthopaedic and Surgical Hospital | BOSH | Bangalore

Liposuction is a way of getting rid of stubborn fat that will not go away despite your best efforts to improve your lifestyle through diet and exercise. Liposuction is cosmetic surgery procedure of fat removal from particular areas of body. It is a quick, safe and effective way of removing unwanted fat. Liposuction removes fat from the body by using a tubular probe connected to a suction machine or syringe Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or suction-assisted lipectomy, is carried out on areas of the body where deposits of fat tend to collect, such as the buttocks, hips, thighs and abdomen. Other popular areas for liposuction are under the chin, neck, upper arms, breasts, knees, calves or ankles.

Liposuction is also used as part of the treatment of certain conditions, including the ones outlined below.

Lymphoedema: Lymphoedema is a condition where fluid (lymph fluid from the lymphatic system) accumulates in body tissue rather than being drained away. This causes swelling, numbness, discomfort and, sometimes, infection. It is most common in the arms and legs.Lymphoedema is caused by an impaired lymphatic system. This can be a problem from birth, or caused by damage later in life through surgery, infection, radiation or injury.

The most common form of chronic Lymphoedema is found in women who have had treatment for breast cancer, such as removal of the lymph nodes or radiotherapy to the lymph nodes in the armpit. This causes their arms to swell. Liposuction can be used to reduce the pain, discomfort and swelling of lymphoedema, but is only advised for the most severe cases. People who have this procedure have to wear a compression bandage for up to a year after the operation.

Gynaecomastia: Sometimes, fatty swellings that look like breasts can develop under a man's nipples. This condition is called Gynaecomastia, and it is caused by a hormone imbalance or some forms of drug therapy. Liposuction can be used to remove these swellings.

Lipodystrophy syndrome: This is a condition where fat is gained in one area of the body and lost from another. It is a side effect of some medicines used to treat HIV (antiretrovirals). The redistribution of fat can cause obvious physical changes and may be traumatic and stigmatising for some patients. Liposuction may be used as part of the treatment to improve the patient's appearance.

Extreme weight loss: This is where a person was morbidly obese (has a body mass index of 40 or more) but has lost a significant amount of weight as a result of a controlled dieting programme or surgery, such as a gastric band or bypass surgery (bariatric surgery). In this case, more surgical procedures may be needed to remove excess skin or correct any scarring or other abnormalities. Liposuction may be used as part of this process.

Treatment:
BOSH has experienced and caring medical staff. Liposuction is usually performed under general anesthesia. If you are only having a small amount of fat removed, a local anaesthetic can be used instead. One treatment may be all that you need to reshape the problem areas. A more consistent and predictable result than noninvasive treatments.
Best candidates are normal people who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. Liposuction is neither a substitute for dieting nor cure of obesity and does not prevent a person from gaining weight afterwards. Therefore, proper precaution and maintenance is necessary. People with reasonably normal weight and elastic skin with extra localized fat in certain areas get the best results from this procedure. This procedure is usually done under general anaesthesia and overnight stay for larger liposuction area may be warranted. They can go back to work in 1-2 days

  • medicalTumescent (wet) liposuction: This is the most common technique. A liquid solution is injected into the area being treated. It contains a mixture of local anaesthetic to numb the area, salt solution, and epinephrine (a drug that makes the blood vessels contract and reduces blood loss, bruising and post-operative swelling). The amount of liquid injected can be up to three times the volume of fat being removed.
  • medicalSuper-wet liposuction: This other method is known as the super-wet technique. This is similar to tumescent liposuction, but uses less fluid. With this technique, the surgeon injects a volume of solution equal to the amount of fat being removed. Super-wet liposuction may require you to have a separate anaesthesia, either intravenously (through a drip), or general anaesthesia by injection.
  • medicalDry liposuction: This is when fat is removed without any fluid being injected first. This kind of liposuction can cause more bleeding and bruising. It is not used now.
  • medicalUltrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL): Ultrasound-assisted liposuction was established as a liposuction preparation technique in 1996. Ultrasonic vibrations are used either above or below the skin to turn fat into liquid before it is sucked out. This is particularly useful for stubborn fat deposits. This technique may lengthen the time of the procedure, as it is often done in combination with tumescent liposuction.