Also known as liposculpture, lipoplasty, body contouring surgery or simply lipo, liposuction is one of the most performed and popular cosmetic surgical procedures, it is often combined with other procedures, such as the transfer of fat to other sites, for example buttocks.
Dr. Chopra uses liposuction surgery to sculpt the body, reducing unwanted fat deposits from regions such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, arms, neck, calves, ankles, and breasts (including male breasts).
Although liposuction cannot replace diet and exercise, it can reduce the fatty tissue that accumulates in some parts of the body and that are very resistant to traditional weight loss methods. The best candidates for liposculpture are those with firm and elastic skin, who have localized sites of adipose (fat) tissue in certain areas of the body.
Some liposuction procedures may require only local or regional anesthesia — anesthesia limited to a specific area of your body. Other procedures may require general anesthesia, which induces a temporary state of unconsciousness. You may be given a sedative, typically through an IV injection, to help you remain calm and relaxed. The surgical team will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen level throughout the procedure. If you are given local anesthesia and feel pain during the procedure, tell your surgeon. The medication or motions may need adjustment. The procedure may last up to several hours, depending on the extent of fat removal.
Expect some pain, swelling and bruising after the procedure. Your surgeon may prescribe medication to help control the pain and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. After the procedure, Dr. Chopra may leave your incisions open and place temporary drains to promote fluid drainage. You usually need to wear tight compression garments, which help reduce swelling, for a few weeks. You may need to wait a few days before returning to work and a few weeks before resuming your normal activities — including exercise.
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