What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as body contouring, lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, lipectomy or simply just lipo to some, it is a surgical procedure that removes fat from specific areas of the body. At Beverly, we offer two types of liposuction: Tumescent liposuction and Laser-assisted liposuction
(LAL). It is done through a thin tube that is hollow known as a cannula. The cannula is inserted under the skin and a powerful high-pressure vacuum breaks up the fat and suctions it out.
Types of Liposuction
Tumescent liposuction: The most common type of liposuction. The surgeon will start by injecting a sterile saline solution – a mixture of salt water, which aids fat removal, an anaesthetic (lidocaine) to relieve the pain and a drug (epinephrine) that helps the blood vessel to constrict – into the area that’s being treated.
The surgeon then makes small incisions into your skin in pre-marked areas and inserts a cannula (thin tube) into your skin. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that suctions fats and fluids from your body. Meanwhile, your body fluid will be replenished through an intravenous line.
Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL): In Beverly, we call this procedure Cool Lipo, this particular method uses a laser light to break down the fats for removal. It is a less invasive and bloody procedure than traditional liposuction method. During the procedure the surgeon inserts the laser fiber through a small incision in the skin and liquifies fat deposits by laser energy and heat, the melted fat is then removed via cannula (thin tube).
Areas that liposuction could be done:
What Type of Patient is Suitable?
Liposuction is suitable for patients that:
Things to Take Note
It is important to have a discussion with your surgeon before the surgery to discuss your expectations. The surgeon will review your medical history and ask about any conditions that you may have and any medications, supplements or herbs you may be taking. Certain medications like aspirin need to be stopped as they can increase bleeding, the doctor will tell you when to stop taking them.
You might need to undergo some health tests to ensure that you are fit for surgery.
Arrange to have someone with you to drive you home and to stay overnight as you will be warded for at least a night.
On the day of the surgery the patient will be checked-in and examined by the nurses. The surgeons will then do necessary markings before the procedure. Once that has been completed, the anaesthetist will inspect the patient and put them under local or general anaesthesia.
How the liposuction procedure is done is based on what you have discussed with your surgeon prior. Your surgeon will select the appropriate technique that matches the end goal, considerations will be made on which area that needs to be treated and whether you have had a liposuction procedure done in the past.
You will be given a sedative for the duration of the procedure, either through local or general anaesthesia depending on the area of your body, smaller area like chin can be done through local anaesthesia, larger areas will require general anaesthesia which induces a temporary unconsciousness. Another reason that the surgeons prefer to use general anaesthesia is because Liposuction can be a long procedure, this will ensure the patient’s comfort.
After Surgery & Recovery
After the surgery, you will be sent to your ward room, where you will slowly wake up from the general anaesthesia. You will be monitored by the nurses and they will check your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels. You will be required to stay overnight for further observation, to make sure there is no complications.
It will be a few days before you are fit to return to work and another few weeks before you can resume normal activities (including exercise). After several months you can expect to see the treated area to have a leaner appearance.
Apart from the usual exercise and diet, you can check out these following procedures to help maintain your leaner appearance.
That being said, it is important to choose a qualified, meticulous and experienced surgeon to handle the procedure to ensure your safety and comfort. Dr. Abdul Jalil Jidon is one of Malaysia’s leading plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeons. A board-certified surgeon at the National Specialist Register, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, Dr. Jalil is also a member of Malaysian Association of Plastic, Aesthetic, and Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons (MAPACS).