What is the goal?:
The goal of liposuction is to reduce the volume of fat in a given area to improve the contours of the body.
Who is a good candidate?:
Good candidates for liposuction are generally healthy nonsmokers with a BMI below 33 and without excess/hanging skin or stretch marks. Liposuction candidates are both men and women who have stubborn fat areas like the "love handles," which have not been resolved with diet/exercise. Liposuction can be performed on any area with excess fat, including the face, neck/chin, arms, armpits, buffalo hump, bra roll, flanks/"love handles," chest, abdomen, back, pubis, hips, thighs, saddlebags, banana rolls, legs, and ankles. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and is ineffective for excess skin, stretch marks, or cellulite.
How is the procedure performed?:
Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia for a small area or general anesthesia for larger or combined areas. It involves making small 1/2cm incisions and inserting a cannula to suck the fat out. Dr. Kalaria performs power-assisted liposuction and can combine this with moderate skin tightening using a variety of devices. The incisions are closed meticulously, and you may have a drain depending on the amount of liposuction done.
What is the recovery time?:
You can expect 2-3 weeks of swelling. Lymphatic massages are essential and should begin 1 week after surgery. A compression garment worn for at least 3 months is also mandatory to maximize results.