Liposuction Techniques and Methods

By: Arindam Chattopadhyay

Liposuction is a way to remove fat quickly and can help sculpt your body. Specific areas may include the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, it can remove stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to traditional dieting and exercise.

Over the last 10 years, surgical liposuction (also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy) has undergone some refinements. New techniques in the market now include ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), the tumescent technique, and the super-wet technique.

Surgical Liposuction
During liposuction, localized fat deposits are removed to re-contour certain areas of the body. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies beneath the skin. The cannula breaks up the fat cells, suctioning them out. The suction action is provided by a vacuum pump or a large syringe, depending on the surgeon's preference.

The problem with liposuction plastic surgery is that fluid is lost along with the fat and it is vital that this fluid be replaced during the procedure to prevent shock.

For this reason, patients need to be carefully supervised and receive intravenous fluids during and immediately after this procedure.

Fluid injection: A medicated solution is injected into fatty areas before the fat is removed. The fluid is a mixture of intravenous salt solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a drug that contracts blood vessels). The fluid helps to remove fat easily, helps reduce blood loss and provides anesthesia pre and post surgery. It will also helps reduce bruising.

Tumescent liposuction: This is a technique used on patients who only need a local anesthetic. This procedure can take up to 5 hours. Large volumes of fluid, often as much as three times the amount of fat to be removed are injected in this technique. The injected fluid contains an adequate amount of anesthetic which could cut the anesthetists costs.

The Super-Wet technique: This is similar to the tumescent technique, except that lesser amounts of fluid are used. Usually the amount of fluid injected is equal to the amount of fat removed. This technique often requires IV sedation or general anesthesia and typically takes one to two hours of surgery time.

Non-surgical Liposuction
A new breakthrough in non-invasive body technology is Body Contouring which removes excess fat cells without surgery, focusing on the hips, stomach, thighs, bottoms and flanks.

This non-surgical liposuction is a safe, painless, surgery-free body contouring treatment. The process sends ultrasound beams into the problem area to destroy fat cells. The entire procedure is guided by innovative tracking technology that ensures smooth, uniform contouring.

Body Contouring is the latest successful technology for the effective removal of excess fat. Together with Ultrashape, a scientific breakthrough which redefines the contours of your body, it is a great alternative to surgery. There are no side effects to this treatment that takes between 1 and 2 hours and it is possible to resume your daily routine immediately thereafter.

Liposuction can give you the body you so desire, but do remember to know all about the procedure before you decide to take the plunge.

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