The procedure used for a liposuction surgery varies based on the amount of fat that needs to be removed. The procedure may be carried out under general or local anaesthesia based on the area that needs liposuction. The following three procedures can be undertaken for liposuction:
- Powered Lipoplasty: is done by inserting a tube in the area from where the fat needs to be removed. This technique is used for removing tough fat, from knees, arms & ankles. The inserted tube moves back and forth, thus creating friction that removes the fat.
- Ultrasound Assisted Lipoplasty: uses a thin metal that emits ultrasound waves, which help in breaking and liquefying fat cells.
- Tumescent Lipoplasty: is done by inserting a solution, which is a mixture of water, epinephrine, salt & lidocaine. The solution stiffens the area, through which a tube is inserted to remove the excess fat.
Specialized healthcare provisions and experienced doctors minimize the risks and complication associated with the procedure. However, a patient should be aware of all plausible risks and complications, before undergoing the procedure:
- Adverse reaction to anaesthesia during procedure.
- Post procedure infections.
- Distorted appearance post the surgery.
- Scars, burn marks, skin discoloration and skin necrosis may be experienced post-surgery
- Fluid collection or blood clotting, due to improper drainage.