Liposuction is the most common Cosmetic surgical procedure done today.
Unwanted fat can be removed from almost any part of the body. The most common areas are the abdomen, thighs and hips.
Some of the fat suctioned out can also be injected into other parts of the body for filling areas deficient in tissues, such as lips, chin etc. That is when the procedure may be called ‘Liposculpture’.
Traditional liposuction involves removal of fat through tiny incisions and cannulas attached to a suction machine, which is still the most common method. This method is quickly evolving because of introduction of many technologies involving Ultrasound, Radiofrequency or Lasers.
Lasers are rapidly being accepted today to complement traditional liposuction. The laser allows us to fine tune the liposuction to a great extent. The Laser liquify fat and allows the doctor to aspirate it easily through smaller incisions. Some Lasers also facilitate ‘Skin Tightening’. There are many Lasers available in the market for this purpose. The Laser we use at La Belle allows us to liquify fat as well as tighten the skin.
Ultrasound, as a tool for this purpose, is also being used but the Lasers seem to have better advantages and fewer complications. The choice of Laser vs Ultrasound is usually the Surgeon’s preference. Newer technologies evolve all the time and is mind boggling to keep up with even for the doctors, much less the patients. Suffice it to say that most of these technologies offer marginal benefits to the patients while being expensive, but allows a lot of flexibilities to the surgeon.
Liposuction has come a long way since the introduction of the ‘Tumescent’ technique introduced by Dr. Jeffrey Klein. This technique has revolutionized the procedure allowing us to perform the procedure entirely under tumescent local anesthesia, avoiding all the risks of traditional general Anesthesia.
In our institution, we perform liposuction:
- As a walk in and walk out procedure
- Under tumescent local anesthesia with or without some deep sedation, entirely avoiding General anesthesia and associated risks
- With very tiny scars that results in almost invisible scars
- With very little down time from work or daily activities
- Almost painless
- And extremely low risk for any type of major complications
- can be combines with some other procedures like Tummy Tuck and or Brazilian Butt lift.