Most frequent questions and answers
A: Cosmetic surgeons have successfully treated following areas for fat removal with the procedure:
– Love handles
– Male and female breasts
A: Yes, this unique technology allows the surgeons to treat multiple areas at once. This, however, largely depends upon the intensity of the fat deposition and the areas to be targeted. You need to discuss with your doctor regarding the same.
A: This largely depends upon the intensity of the procedure performed. Those with high intensity of fat removal may be better able to visualize results after a particular period of time. In order to seek realistic expectations, it is best advised to consult your physician for the same.
A: If you are frustrated by your body’s appearance that does not respond to diet and exercise, VASER offers you with perfect solution. You need to be in good health and should be aware about the anticipated results and the process of recovery.
A: It is an advanced technique that comes with minimum invasiveness. It is impossible to seek an accurate estimate for the problem without an in-person consultation with the cosmetic surgeon. The total cost of the treatment may vary depending upon the problem areas the extent of the fat removal required.
Liposuction is commonly performed under General Anesthesia. Depending upon the intensity of the procedure, local anesthesia can be used for small areas along with light sedation to help the patients relax. Services of an anesthesiologist are always sought. For those who have had problems with anesthesia should bring it to the notice of cosmetic surgeon during initial discussion about the procedure.
The duration of the procedure largely depends upon the areas to be treated and also the combination of the liposuction with other procedures. Most of the times patients combine liposuction with tummy tuck for best results. The type of liposuction technique used also determines the duration. Generally, it may take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours.
In view of latest development and technology available for liposuction, the incisions made are very small in size usually varying from 0.5 to 1 centimeter in size. These incisions are placed carefully in a natural skin fold or crease adjoining the area being treated so that they are nearly invisible.
During the procedure, a long and thin hollow tube called cannula gets inserted under the skin through a small incision. Firstly, the surgeon will inject salt water and anesthetic solution which is called tumescent liposuction. For those who opt for ultrasonic liposuction, the surgeon inserts an ultrasound probe into the fat. During the ultrasonic procedure, the fat is liquified by vibration of the probe. At the end of the procedure, the fat is removed by using high pressure machine and the surgeon moves the cannula back and forth underneath the skin. Ultrasonic and Tumescent liposuction are the advanced options in liposuction. They help to achieve best results by diminishing the swelling and bruising for a speedy recovery.
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis, that refers to the fact that you are free to go home the same day after recovering from the effects of anesthetic. For larger areas of treatment, patients may be required to stay at the surgery center overnight and are discharged to go home the next after the surgery
The procedure is free of stitches. The incisions are small and they can heal in a period of about 5 days on their own.
Most of the patients will experience tenderness after the surgery. Pain medications are administered for patient’s comfort. For those planning to get the procedure done should plan on taking 4 to 7 days off of work for recovery. Regular activities at home can be resumed but any heavy activities should be refrained from for about a month.
After the procedure, patients will be required to wear a support garment for 6 weeks – night and day for the first 3 weeks, and after that only during the day for another 3 weeks. This garment is worn to diminish the swelling and help the skin to get into the new shape. The patients can take a shower on third day after the procedure. In order to help with swelling, treated areas are massaged 10 days after the surgery. This also helps to remove any skin irregularities. Initial scars will be raised and red but over a period of 3 to 6 months, they tend to lighten out.
Predictable achievement of good body shape. Well hidden liposuction scars make the procedure invisible. The procedure accounts for large number of satisfied patients. Results are best seen at the period of 2-3 months.
The procedure is aimed to give a new contour to your body by removal of fat cells. The results are thus permanent. For patients who gain good deal of weight, the fat cells that do remain can continue to enlarge diminishing the advantages of the procedure. Overall the body contour remains improved.
It is important to make your cosmetic surgeon aware of your complete medical history. This will include the intake of any drugs, vitamins, or natural herbs, if any. There are many illnesses that affect body’s ability to heal, such as diabetes.
The healing process also gets affected by smoking. Smoking cessation is thus recommended at least a week before the surgery. Intake of anti-inflammatory pills, aspirin, and vitamin E needs to be stopped 2 weeks prior to the procedure.
Dr. Vikas Gawri is dedicated keeping all his patients well informed. If you have any queries, you are most welcome.