Liposuction is the process of fat removal from the body via a suction method. In the process thin hollow tubes with blunt tips are pushed under the skin through small incisions and are moved about the targeted areas by the doctor. Fat in these areas is suctioned through the tubes – called cannulas – by means of a surgical syringe or suction pump.
Liposuction used to be quite a morbid technique that has constantly been perfected to lower pain threshold, improve efficiency and reduce risks associated with plastic surgery and general anesthesia. Nowadays mostly local anesthesia coupled with mild sedative is used during the process hence cutting down on complications a lot. The main modern methods of liposuction are listed below.
- Tumescent liposuction: Prior to inserting the cannulas and after local anesthetic has been administered to numb the targeted area for liposuction, another mixture of anesthetic is injected into the area to help break down fatty tissue. The volume of injected fluid would vary on the type and location of fat being removed. The anesthetic solution contains lidocaine and epinephrine hence removing the necessity of general anesthesia and makes fat removal easier.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: Patients who have done a little research should know that the term VASER lipo is the brand associated with this form of liposuction. In this process a cannula with a probe attached to it (variations in devices may exist) that emits ultrasound waves to break down and turn fat into liquid is employed to make liposuction easier. This technique is widely used to remove fat from the abdomen, flanks and waist.
- Laser-assisted liposuction: in this method a low energy laser beam beneath the surface of the skin burns through fat deposits and liquefies the fat, which is then removed afterwards via cannula suction.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that no longer requres extensive hospital stays and in a properly equipped doctor’s office, clinic or hospital will normally take between 1 to 2 hours at most. Local anesthetic with mild sedation is normally used but deep sedation and general anesthesia may be required if large volumes or fat are being removed.Liposuction in dubai performed by an experienced surgeon usually removes almost all possible risks that can be associated with the procedure. Complications are based on various factors that a surgeon has to consider before performing on a patient. Consequently, treating large volumes of fatty areas may increase the risks of the procedure with that patient both during and after the surgery.