Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes excess fat and contours the body. Also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, lipectomy, or lipo, it’s usually done to remove fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, butt, arms, neck, or ankles. A plastic or dermatological Surgeon inserts a thin tube called a cannula through tiny incisions and sucks out the fat.
Liposuction can be done for disproportionate fat in almost all the areas of body. Various techniques are used in different areas like Suction Assisted liposuction (SAL), Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL), Power Assisted Lipostion (PAL) or Laser Assisted liposuction (LAL). What technique will suite you can be told by your plastic surgeon.
The procedure takes one to four hours, and most patients have dramatic results after only one session. This is why so many doctors and patients prefer it to nonsurgical fat reduction treatments like SculpSure, CoolSculpting, or Vanquish, which usually require at least two sessions and take months to see results.
Expect some pain, swelling and bruising after the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe medication to help control the pain and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection
After the procedure, the surgeon may leave your incisions open and place temporary drains to promote fluid drainage. You usually need to wear tight compression garments, which help reduce swelling, for a few weeks. You may need to wait a few days before returning to work and a few weeks before resuming your normal activities — including exercise.
During this time, expect some contour irregularities as the remaining fat settles into position.