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Modern Cosmetic Surgery - Liposuction Procedure

Updated on June 6, 2011

What is liposuction?

Over the last decade, liposuction has become one of the most important procedures of modern cosmetic surgery. This operation is able to improve body appearance and gives proper shape to the irregular or distorted contours through the elimination of excess fat deposits. Liposuction is used in the areas below the chin, neck, cheek, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, upper arms, knees, ankles, and calves.

It is really important to note that this is a complicated surgical procedure and patients can go through a painful recovery period. Also, there presents a possibility of rare and sometimes even fatal complications, so the decision to undergo liposuction must be weighed seriously.

Liposuction of hips before and after the procedure is done.
Liposuction of hips before and after the procedure is done.
Plastic surgeon preparing and marking the patient's skin before starting liposuction.
Plastic surgeon preparing and marking the patient's skin before starting liposuction.
How liposuction is done?
How liposuction is done?
Liposuction of abdomen, thighs, and buttocks done using Tumescent technique.
Liposuction of abdomen, thighs, and buttocks done using Tumescent technique.
Appearance of abdomen after undergoing liposuction procedure.
Appearance of abdomen after undergoing liposuction procedure.

Your complete guide to liposuction using Tumescent techqnique

How liposuction procedure is done?

Liposuction usually takes 1 to 2 hours, however, it can vary from 30 minutes to several hours depending on the area treated and the amount of fat to be suctioned.

The intervention begins when the surgeon makes a tiny incision, sufficiently large to allow introduction of the suction tube or cannula. The rear end of the cannula is connected to a suction machine.

A method called tumescent technique is involved in this procedure through which the surgeon injects saline with lidocaine and epinephrine at the level of the fatty tissue located under the skin. Injection of this mixture before starting the suction procedure allows numbing of the tissues and vessels thereby reducing bleeding, tissue trauma, and inflammation in addition to eliminating pain.

Virtually all areas of the body can be treated with liposuction (chin, cheeks, neck, arms, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, and knees.

Postoperative care after liposuction procedure

After surgery, there may be some drainage of fluid from wounds, which reduces in quantity after two to three days. An elastic band is used for several weeks from the time of completion of the intervention.

The patients are instructed by the doctor to not expect to see immediate results after the operation. The treated areas will be swollen and you may feel a burning sensation. Pain is controlled with analgesics. Antibiotics will be indicated to prevent infection.

All surgical practice involves certain risks. In rare cases, the procedure can cause severe trauma especially if large areas are treated in one surgical setting.

Other rare but potential complications are infection and excessive loss of body fluids.

However, liposuction is a highly secure and reliable procedure, provided that there is availability of appropriate equipment with the surgeon doing this procedure.

Least but not last, I would say that it is really important for the patient to choose an experienced and specialized plastic surgeon for getting this procedure done.

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes I agree with you as liposuction has lots of side effects and then main problem is that it is not natural and fat will keep on returning after some months or years.

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      Mineral Based Cosmetics 

      8 years ago

      In my honest opinion, liposuction should be the last resort for women to loose their weight. There are lot of natural methods available.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi GmaGoldie, how long the effects of liposuction will be there depends on a person to person. Some people experience fat again in two years and some don't experience up to 5 years or more but the main thing is that if a person maintains his/her weight after undergoing liposuction, then it would be a great step. People depending totally on this procedure will always put on fat whereas people who are active enough and involve in an exercise program on a routine basis will derive most benefits. I think now it must be clear that how long this will work.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      The photos show that it works but for how long?

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot PSChannel for taking your precious time to read this hub in great detail.

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      PSChannel 

      8 years ago from TX, United States

      True, a good surgeon can make the difference between life or death.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes you are right friend.

    • evaoparah profile image

      evaoparah 

      8 years ago

      Hmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!! Do you not think this is a better procedure than other weight loss surgery? I think it might take longer to achieve but definitely if a small portion can be gotten rid of a lump can as well but may take a bigger dose and longer time.

      Thanks for this info

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Michelle. I will publish a new one tomorrow now as I am totally exhausted with the full day work today.

    • michelle.dragon99 profile image

      michelle.dragon99 

      8 years ago

      Hi Soni....great hub...:)...awaiting for your next hub:)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Ethel and Veronica for your comments. It is really important to choose a very good experienced surgeon before getting these types of procedures done because there are a lot of fakes and charlatans around and why not we should opt for a good one as we are spending our hard earned money.

      Plus Ethel this is not my pic. I uploaded it a week back to let my fans and friends know that which type of hubs I am writing currently.

      and right now I am into hubmob weekly topic- cosmetic surgery so I will change to something related to cosmetic surgery for that.

      Have a look on my latest hub. Thanks in advance.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub! I appreciate how you stress the importance of choosing a reliable and experienced physcian to do this procedure.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Far too painful for me to consider lol. You have given a good write up though so that readers can make up their own minds. By the way is your image really you lol.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot ocbill.

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      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      The after part is most pleasing to view.

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