Liposuction is a body contouring or sculpting procedure, not a weight losing or weight reduction treatment. Depending on the area or the number of areas to be liposuctioned, only 2000cc to 3000cc of fat can be safely removed.
If you are obese, you may be considered as a high risk candidate and may not qualify to undergo liposuction. The reason for this is that chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart or coronary diseases, metabolic problems, etc. may be present. Effects of liposuction in obese may also not be appreciable. It is therefore recommended that patients with BMI of 30 or greater need to lose some weight to qualify to undergo Liposuction.
Overzealous removal of fats may result to skin “rippling”. This is caused by excess fat removal making the skin very thin (having less fat) and thus cannula tracks under it become visible (the rippling or multiple wave effect). In our Centre, we make sure this complication is avoided by removing only enough fat.
It will be more safe if your Cosmetic Surgeon is board certified and has a background in General Surgery on top of his fellowship in Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery. This will put the surgeon in good position to avoid intra-operative accident of abdominal penetration in tummy liposuction.
Several laboratory (blood exams) and ancillary procedures (X-ray and ECG) are usually requested by the cosmetic surgeon prior to liposuction. A cardio-pulmonary clearance from a cardiologist or pulmunologist is requested for those over 30 or 35 years of age. Those younger patients may undergo the same steps if the doctor find it necessary.
Other terms: Lipoplasty, Liposculpture, Lipocontouring
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Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed worldwide. It aims to reduce localized fat deposits or sculpt certain areas of the body and face that are resistant to diet or exercise.
The procedure involves the use of special numbing fluid (tumescent) which are administered via a long thin but blunt infiltrator. The fluid softens the targeted fats, anesthetizes the area, and constricts the surrounding blood vessels thereby reducing or controlling the bleeding when the surgeon does the fat suctioning.
After a few minutes of waiting, the softened fats are aspirated or sucked out using special blunt hollow tubes or cannulas (typically 2-4mm) connected by a hose to a suctioning device. This can be manually operated with a syringe or with a suction machine. Recent technologies have also incorporated the use of ultrasonic waves, mechanical vibrations, and laser into the liposuction procedure to facilitate easier and less traumatic fat removal.
1920s - The first known use of a suction device to remove fat from the body or for contouring was done by French surgeon Charles Dujarier.
1974 - Italian gynecologists Arpad and Giorgio Fischer invented the blunt cannula marking the start of modern liposuction.
1978 - French physicians Illouz and Fournier further developed liposuction around.
1985 – American dermatologist Jeffrey A. Klein invented the tumescent technique for liposuction, which allowed fat removal with less bleeding complications.
Consultation with the cosmetic plastic surgeon
Basic laboratory examinations, chest x-ray and electrocardiogram (ECG)
Cardio-pulmonary evaluation by an internist or cardiologist
On the day of your liposuction procedure, you are expected to be on at least 8 hours fasting. This will prevent respiratory aspiration of stomach contents when you are put to sleep. Anesthesia is either sedation (via vein) or general (throat tube). Sometimes our anesthesiologist/s may opt for spinal or epidural anesthesia (spine injection) for liposuction below the chest such as tummy or lower limbs. Local anesthesia liposuction (direct injection of anesthesia into the problem area) is possible when only one area is considered for treatment.
Before proceeding to the operating room, our surgeon will have a final check on you to do the following:
The Gold standard for liposuction that involves infiltration of “tumescent fluid” then suctioning the fat mixture with a cannula connected to a syringe or vacuum machine. This is also a part (first process) of most types of liposuction enumerated below.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (VASER)
Involves insertion of an “ultrasonic probe” (the size of a cannula) as a pre-suction process that will “implode” then dissolve the fats in targeted areas making it easier for the surgeon to suction.