Liposuction Surgery – Demystified

Liposuction Surgery – Demystified

Your body is a vessel that carries your brilliant mind. Your body and the way it looks affects everything from your self-confidence to your personality. Are you working out regularly, eating healthy and still find certain stubborn problem areas in your body that refuse to go? Have you considered surgical options like liposuction, VASER 4D liposuction etc. but are not sure whether they are right for you?

Dr. Ashish Davalbhakta from Aesthetics Medispa answers your questions about this immensely popular procedure. Liposuction is the most common cosmetic procedure that takes place in India.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed to remove the excess fat deposits underneath your skin using suction techniques. It is a common misconception that liposuction is a weight loss procedure. Liposuction actually falls under the body contouring cosmetic procedure. It works best on specific areas where the undesirable fat deposits are concentrated.

Everyone has problem areas on their body, which resist responding to exercise and diet. Some of the most common areas where liposuction works best are:

    • Chin
    • Chest
    • Abdomen
    • Upper arms
    • Stomach
    • Hips
    • Thighs
    • Knees
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Liposuction in India is a safe and affordable procedure. In fact, a lot of foreign citizens travel to India for this procedure because of the great results and inexpensive prices.

What Are The Different Liposuction Techniques?

Liposuction involves making small incisions in the targeted areas and inserting a small metal tube called the cannula through which the fat is suctioned out of the patient’s body. Liposuction surgery can be performed through the following techniques:

  • Suction Assisted Lipoplasty

This method is similar to the traditional method of tumescent or super-wet liposuction. In this surgery, a saline solution is inserted into the patient’s body, which makes it easier to suction the fat from the body. The solution is also removed from the body during the suction.

  • Power Assisted Liposuction

Power assisted liposuction is an up gradation of the tumescent technique.  In this liposuction surgery, the doctors insert a special type of cannula in the body along with the saline solution. This cannula is connected to a device which sends out vibrations in close succession into the body. The vibrations help in breaking up the fat cells faster. The amount of time required for this surgery is less than the traditional method.

  • Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction

This method uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat cells before they are suctioned out through the cannula. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is one of the safest liposuction surgeries in India.

  • Laser Assisted Liposuction

Laser-assisted liposuction is similar to ultrasound assisted liposuction. Under this technique, instead of using ultrasound energy, lasers are used to melt the fat. The molten fat is suctioned out through the cannula. The laser liposuction cost in India is reasonably low.

  • VASER Liposuction

VASER stands for Vibrant Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance and is one of the most advanced surgical procedures in the field of cosmetic surgery. Surgeons harness sound energy to break down fat cells at an enormous pace and then suction them out of the body. This treatment is considered to be minimally invasive and safe. VASER liposuction is considered to be one of the best liposuction surgery options with great results. Men with unshapely breasts have seen huge changes after the chest VASER liposuction.

VASER liposuction can be combined with 4D body contouring for better results. 4D liposuction is a super specialized procedure which has immense precision in removing body fat from the abdomen muscles. A 4D VASER hi def liposuction is ideal for patients who want to have toned abs or a muscular, rugged look. VASER 4D lipo is suitable for people who are already exercising well enough and need finishing touches to their looks. The VASER 4D lipo is also called as VASER 4D body sculpting because of its accuracy and perfection. The high definition liposuction before after images of our patients are proof of that.

A frequently asked question is whether or not VASER liposuction safe? The answer is a straight forward YES! In fact, all the techniques of liposuction surgeries mentioned above are perfectly safe if performed by competent doctors.

4D Liposuction VASER

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight loss technique, therefore the ideal candidate for liposuction cannot be an obese individual. Following are the liposuction Pune patient requirements:  

    • The patient has to be over the age of 18.
    • The patient has to be close to his ideal body weight. The patient’s weight should be stable and not fluctuating.
    • The patient already practices a healthy lifestyle with special attention towards fitness.
    • The patient’s skin is elastic.
    • The patient is generally healthy with no major disorders.
    • Patients with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases should not undergo this procedure.
    • Pregnant women are also not allowed to undergo this procedure.
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Apart from certain basic requirements, the liposuction surgery center may ask you to undergo some medical tests before the surgery.

What Are The Advantages Of A Liposuction Surgery?

Liposuction has a variety of advantages. Let us take a look at them:

    • Liposuction can help in treating lipodystrophy. Lipodystrophy is a medical condition wherein the patient’s body is unable to produce healthy fat tissue.
    • Liposuction surgery can be used to remove lipomas. Lipomas are actually benign tumors of the fatty tissue. Since laser liposuction or VASER liposuction can liquefy fats, liposuction surgeries have the ability to treat lipomas.
    • VASER liposuction of the chest has the ability to treat a medical condition called gynecomastia in men. Men suffering from this condition have excessive amounts of fat in their breasts. Liposuction can remove these undesirable fats.
    • The greatest advantage of liposuction is that it gives the patient’s body a sculpted look. It transforms the patient’s fatty areas into toned, shapely body parts.
    • Liposuction aids in increasing a patient’s self-confidence. It helps in battling low self-esteem issues that a patient may have due to their appearance.
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What Are The Risks Associated With Liposuction Surgery?

A liposuction surgery is a safe procedure. But even the safest of procedures come with their fair share of risks. Please note that even though all the following risks are a possibility they are not likely to appear incase of most patients.

    • Bleeding or blood clots may happen due to the surgery.
    • There may be a reaction to some of the drugs that are used during the surgery.
    • In some cases there may be a fluid overload in the system due to the surgery.
    • In some cases if the fluid is not replaced into the body in the right quantity, then the patient may suffer from a shock.
    • Fat embolism is another risk of a liposuction. Fat embolism means the fat tissues enter the bloodstream and may remain in the blood vessel.
    • The liposuction surgery may cause inflammation in the skin or areas where the surgery was performed.
    • A rare risk of liposuction is nerve damage which may be caused due to exposure to heat used in laser liposuction.
    • Sometimes a liposuction surgery may leave undesirable scars or marks on the patient’s body.
    • If the patient’s skin was not elastic enough, then it may result in baggy skin that sags a little.
    • Infections post the surgery are also a possibility under the risks of liposuction surgery category.

With what other procedures can liposuction be combined?

Liposuction can be combined with procedures like abdominoplasty which is known as lipoabdominoplasty. Dr. Ashish is highly experienced in the lipoabdminoplasty procedure where he first performs excess fat removal using Liposuction and then follows it up with an abdominoplasty (commonly known as tummy tuck procedure) for removing excess skin. The results of this combined procedure have been terrific. The advantage of combining the two procedures is not just shorter recovery time but also lesser nausea and almost-invisible scarring. Liposuction can be combined with other procedures such as breast lift, breast augmentation or reduction and tummy tuck for a total mommy makeover. Liposuction is useful in removing the fat pockets in the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, and back which helps in getting back the pre-pregnancy shape.

Are Liposuction Surgeries Performed Under Anesthesia?

Yes, a liposuction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. If a very small part of the body is going to undergo liposuction then local anesthesia may be administered on the patient.   

What Post-Operative Care Is Necessary For Liposuction Surgeries?

Liposuction surgery is generally a short and swift procedure. Most of the times, it is not necessary for the patient to stay in the hospital overnight. The patient is monitored for a couple of hours after liposuction in the clinic. Once the doctor ensures that the patient is stable, they are discharged from the facility.

The area of treatment on the body will be covered with bandages after the surgery. The bandages provide a sterile environment for the body to heal by eliminating the risk of infections. Patients are not allowed to remove the bandage on their own. They must visit their doctor for its removal.

Some of the best liposuction surgeons in Pune, also advise bed rest for 2-3 weeks after the surgery for recovery. Bed rest allows your body to focus on healing the treated area. Undertaking physically strenuous activities after the surgery is strictly prohibited. Rest and relaxation after a liposuction can work wonders.

Swelling, bruising and numbness in the treatment area is common. It takes a few weeks for the swelling to go down. The patient will start feeling better once the 3 weeks threshold is crossed.

Post liposuction surgery, the surgeon will provide you with compression garments that must be worn constantly. Compression garments need to be worn for a minimum period of 2 weeks. The duration may be more depending on the nature of the treatment.

Apart from these common steps, taking your antibiotics on time and visiting the doctor for follow ups are also vital steps in the treatment.

How To Choose The Right Doctor For Liposuction?

A doctor who is a Master of Chirurgiae in Plastic Surgery accredited by the Indian Medical Association is equipped and certified to perform liposuction surgeries.

When choosing a doctor bear in mind the following factors:

    • The infrastructure available at the clinic
    • Number of years’ experience of the doctor
    • His past patient testimonials
    • Your comfort level with him/her
    • Your budget!

What Are The Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor?

Before going into surgery, you must speak with your doctor about the pre-operative care you need to take. You should ask about any specific dietary restrictions that you need to follow in the days leading up to the surgery or whether any medicines that you maybe regularly taking need to be stopped for a while.

As a patient you have the right to ask which procedure is most suitable for you and why. You can also ask him/her about how the procedure is performed. Get a deep understanding of the recovery time and methods, since it is essential for a healthy outcome. Do not forget to ask for a quote and ensure that you don’t feel overcharged in any way.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost In India?

Liposuction is one of the few popular and affordable cosmetic surgical procedures. The liposuction cost in India is cheaper than in European countries. The liposuction cost in Aesthetics Medispa depends on the technique employed and the area covered –

  • SAL Rs.15-20,000 per area
  • PAL Rs.25000 per area
  • VASER Rs.35,000 per area 

Traditional liposuctions are cheaper as compared to what a VASER liposuction costs. A high definition liposuction costs a bit more, since it is super specialized and requires precision.

The liposuction surgery cost in Aesthetics Medispa will vary from patient to patient because every patient is a unique case. The doctor will be able to give a final quote based on the individual’s treatment plan.

Do Mediclaim Policies Cover Liposuction Surgeries?

The short answer to this question is no. Since, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, which is not considered a necessity by insurance agencies, it does not fall under the ambit of mediclaim. The liposuction cost has to be borne by the patients themselves.

Liposuction surgeries have the ability to transform you from simply good looking to stunning. The results of a high definition liposuction are amazing and can be maintained by the patient in the long term. If you are already habituated to a healthy and fit lifestyle, supplemented by good eating habits, then liposuction is the solution for your undesirable body fats. It is a safe and medically proven procedure which enhances your body. We agree that looks aren’t everything, but they do play a huge role in our mental and physical well-being. So, why not use liposuction to become a better version of yourself both physically and mentally!

Liposuction Surgery Before and After Results

See the before and after pictures of patients who have had liposuction and VASER performed by Dr. Ashish Davalbhakta

Dr. Ashish Davalbhakta is the Managing Director and Chief Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon at Aesthetics Medispa. He trained as a plastic surgeon to the highest level of qualifications and became board-certified in India. Having reached the top of his training in India, he went to the UK for further experience. He has done fellowships in Hand and Microsurgery, Breast aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and Cosmetic surgery in various centers including the world-renowned plastic surgery unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge, St. Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery, Chelmsford, The Royal Preston, Mt Vernon among others, acquiring his FRCS in 2000. He worked as a Consultant in the South Manchester University NHS Trust Hospital. He then gained experience in the US before returning back to India and started Aesthetics Medispa in 2009. 

This article was first posted on August 17, 2015 and last updated on April 18, 2019.