What is Liposuction

Liposuction is medically termed as liposculpture suction lipectomy and is a type of cosmetic surgery, which involves the removal of fat in common, areas such as the neck, thigh, abdomen and buttocks through suction. Liposuction is very common amongst women as it is one of the easiest way to appear slimmer and toner.

What is the procedure?

Liposuction can be done in 3 steps.

Step 1 – The doctor will determine the best type of anesthesia for you, whether it is the general, local or regional anesthesia.

Local anesthesia constraints sensory perception within a specific area of the body such as the urinary bladder. As for regional anesthesia, it renders a larger part of the body numbing the nerve impulses between a single part of the body and the spinal cord. Not everyone is suitable for regional anesthetic and can be more dangerous for others.

Step 2 – After the anesthesia has set in and the patient feels comfortable, the doctor will then perform an incision.

An incision is performed with slim, hollow tube or a cannula, which is inserted to loosen excess fat. A sterile liquid called Betadine, which is used, on the areas in which the surgery will be performed. This helps to reduce bleeding and trauma. The access fat is then surgically vacuumed out of the body through the syringe attached a head of the cannula.

The patient typically does not feel much pain except for the scraping of the cannula front the incision.

Step 3 – See The Results. Depending on the extent of the liposuction performed, the patient is typically able to return to work as usual within 2 days. Your improved body contour will be more apparent as the swelling subsides usually within two weeks.

How much does it cost?

Liposuction costs can range from S$2,000 to S$30,000 depending on the extent of the procedure and who it is performed by. For general practitioners, the costs typically range from S$1,000 to S$2,000 and S$4,000 or more when performed by a plastic surgeon. Additional costs are charged for pre-operative tests and post-operative tests, compression garments, antibiotics and other drugs as well as S$3,500 on average for the operating theatre facilities and the anesthetist’s fees.

What are the types of liposuction available?

In Singapore, there are at least 4 types of liposuction available.

1.    Traditional Suction-Assisted Liposuction.

The traditional suction-assisted liposuction is performed using a cannula, which is inserted, into the targeted area to loosen access fats in order for it to be sucked out.

2.    Vaser Liposelection.

The second available option is the Vaser Liposelection, which is currently one of the more popular options for liposuction in Singapore. The Vaser Liposelection uses an ultrasound to dissolve the fat before it is sucked out. This procedure is more comfortable and reduces the chances of error.

3     Smartlipo.

Smartlipo uses a form of laser-assisted  lipoplasty, which melts the fat away. It is more commonly used for smaller areas such as the chin of cheeks.

4.    Waterjet liposuction.

Waterjet liposuction is the most expensive yet most comfortable and effective method for liposuction. High-level water pressure is used to remove fat cells before it is sucked out. The water spray also delivers anesthesia to the targeted area.

What are the side effects?

Liposuction is usually performed under general local or regional anesthesia. However, the more the patient undergoes liposuction, the higher the risk of surgery.

Some of the side-effects of liposuction include infections, blood clots, excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation, thermal burn, irregular pigmentation, unfavorable scarring, uneven contours, change in skin perception, skin discoloration and swelling, asymmetry, persistent pain, deep vein thrombosis, damage to the nerves, blood vessels, fat clots, and abdominal organs as well as the possibility of revisional surgery.