Liposuction-Procedure and Facts

Liposuction is one of the most common and popular cosmetic plastic surgeries today. People choose this procedure to get back into shape. The procedure removes extra fat from the body that does not respond to traditional weight- loss methods. Apart from traditional Liposuction, a number of new techniques have also come up that includes Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty, the tumescent technique and the SmartLipo techniques that utilize lasers to remove extra fat from the body areas.


In traditional Liposuction, a cannula is inserted into the patient’s body, and fat is suctioned out. The cosmetic surgeon first marks the area to be treated. After this, an IV line is attached to the patient and is hooked up to vital monitors. Anesthesia is given to the patient through the IV. Now the surgeon will make several tiny incisions of half an inch in the area from where fat is to be suctioned. Through these incisions, a cannula is inserted. This cannula is manually directed around in the body to remove the fat. The fat is suctioned out of the body via tubes. This process is repeated for each incision.

Facts about the surgery

A person weighs more during the first 2 to 3 weeks, following the procedure. This is because of the fluid retention in the body after the surgery. The full effect of the procedure will be noticed  2 to 3 months after the surgery. Traditional Liposuction may cause swelling and takes time for it to go away completely. Liposuction removes fat from the body but does not affect the fat under the skin known as cellulite. If too much fat is removed during the procedure, the appearance of cellulite worsens.

This is not a permanent treatment. Fat cells in the body can be removed and re-created. So you have to keep your weight stable and should exercise regularly. If you gain weight, the fat will come back again. Usually fat tends to come back in the stomach and waistline areas.