Liposuction Explained

Liposuction is a treatment that is useful to sculpt areas on the body or the face that are disproportionate. Pockets of fat are extracted through a tiny hole in the skin and using a thin cannula to shape and contour that particular area. The saddlebags, the love handles or a belly that is not in sync with the rest of the body shape are common areas for liposuction. But almost any where, from face to ankle can be contoured.

Vaser Liposuction (or Vaser Liposelection) is a particular form of power assisted liposuction that we do a lot of.

High-definition Liposuction (aka Vaser HD) is a form of liposuction that is used to sculpt areas of stubborn fats to reveal muscles shapes and definition. Male clients who need that extra help to sculpt their already athletic-looking bodies mainly request this particular treatment.

Liposuction is a minor surgical procedure. It is performed in a day-surgery operating theatre with an anesthetist to administer sedation. The surgery takes about 2 hours in general to complete.

The recovery process involves few days (4-10) of swelling and some bruising over the treated areas. All our patients are active and mobile during the recovery period. The degree of discomfort is in proportion to the extent of the liposuction. A compression garment can be worn to minimise the swelling.

Travelling is not a problem although the swelling that one normally experiences on airplanes may worsen the swelling during long fligts.

In some cases, the extracted fat can be transplanted to augment other areas, which have shrunk in the process of aging, in a procedure called Fat Transfer. The face and the breasts are examples of such areas where Fat Transfer is useful.

The recovery time depends on the extent of the liposuction and fat transfer, but generally most patients will be able to go out of the house and run errands to very next day. Although movements will be a bit slower as the treated areas are slightly sore from the swelling. The swelling peaks at about 4-5 days and will mostly disappear by 4-6 weeks.

The extracted fats are normally discarded, but it can also be recycled and processed as mesenchymal stems cells (MSC). These MSC are stored in a reputable stem cell bank for future use. Although there are no clinically approved use for MSC at the moment, there are therapeutic applications on the horizon with promising results for the treatment of diseased organs.

Read more about Mesenchymal Stem Cell banking.