Liposuction For Fat Reduction


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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgery, which removes fat from marked areas in the body, such as:

  • cheeks, chin, and neck
  • upper arms
  • chest
  • back
  • abdomen and waist
  • buttocks
  • thighs
  • knees
  • calves and ankles

At the outset, general or topical anaesthesia will be administered to you depending on the size of the area being treated on your body. Small incisions are made on the marked fat accumulated areas of your body, through which tubes or cannulae are inserted. The tubes are attached to a suction pump or syringe, using which the doctor suctions out the accumulated fat deposits.

Over the years liposuction has undergone many refinements, so now, there are several options you can choose from, depending on your particular requirements and comfort level. 

To know more about the different types of liposuction please see Types of Liposuction.

Are there any side effects of liposuction?

The risks that you may face during or after a liposuction surgery include: 

  • feeling lightheaded after the surgery
  • infections
  • bruising
  • damage to internal organs
  • embolism (a condition where fat loosened during liposuction enters blood vessels and may travel to the lungs or brain)
  • persistent swelling
  • burns
  • fluid imbalance
  • cardiac or pulmonary complications
  • changes in skin sensation which may become permanent

 Other side effects include: 

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • irregular menstrual cycle for ladies for a month or two. At times, this procedure may even be fatal, and in fact, there are numerous reports of death related to liposuction surgeries

It is, therefore, advisable to make an informed decision, by first discussing at length the pros and cons of any liposuction procedure with your doctor.

Are there any post-treatment guidelines to be followed after undergoing liposuction? 

You will be advised to avoid any strenuous activities, including exercising, till 4 days after the surgery. You can expect the drainage of a large amount of blood-tinged fluid to occur, from the incisions site for the first 24 to 48 hours, during which period you will be provided with bulky absorbent pads to be worn over the treated areas, under compression garments. This is generally considered a good sign as it causes less bruising and swelling. 

The incision areas have to be cleaned frequently. You will be given antibiotics which you need to take on time. You should avoid taking any kind of blood thinners. You should avoid applying ice-packs or bandages on the incision site, and also avoid soaking yourself in a swimming pool, jacuzzi or bathtub.

How long will it take to recover after a liposuction procedure? 

The recovery time varies for different patients, depending on the size and location of the treated areas. Most of the patients rejoin work in two to three days time. Some patients require 5 - 7 days to recover. The swelling may, however, last for a month or two.

Complete healing usually takes 6 months.

Am I an ideal candidate for liposuction? 

If you have good skin elasticity and within 30% of your ideal weight, and do not suffer from life-threatening diseases or serious medical conditions, and have heavy accumulated fat deposits in your body, which do not respond to a proper diet or exercise, then you are an ideal candidate for liposuction.

What is the price/cost of liposuction in India?

Cost of liposuction can vary depending upon the city/locality,  clinic/hospital type & amenities, experience of the provider, the technology & material used, body area and body type, extent of liposuction required etc. Depending on these factors, cost of liposuction can vary from Rs.50,000 to Rs.1,25,000.

Please consult your doctor to get the exact treatment plan and price quote suiting your unique needs.

Are the results of liposuction permanent? 

Results are considered to be permanent in the areas that have been treated. However, if you do not maintain your weight, chances are the fat will start accumulating again in other areas which might not be very appealing.

A reasonable diet coupled with a consistent level of physical activity which includes exercising will guarantee permanent optimal results.

More Related Topics

People interested in this topic also see:


1. Stephan P, Kenkel J. Updates and Advances in Liposuction. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 1, 2018.

2. Venkataram J. Tumescent liposuction: A review. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 1, 2018.

3. Rama B. Rao, M.D., Susan F. Ely, M.D., M.P.H.T.M., and Robert S. Hoffman, M.D. Deaths Related to Liposuction. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 1, 2018.

4. RH G. Fatal outcomes from liposuction: census survey of cosmetic surgeons. - PubMed - NCBI. Ncbinlmnihgov. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 1, 2018.

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Patient Experiences

Happy With Liposuction results
I got liposuction done 5 months back. initially 1 year back dr. Vishal refused to do liposuction and helped me reduce weight by diet and exercise. then i got the surgery done 5 months back. i am very happy with the results and thank Dr. vishal for giving me the best advice truthfully. now i have all healthy habits, this has changed my attitude and life. i recommend dr. vishal to all my friends *** ****** ******** ** ** ******* *** ******* *** ********* ******* ********** ********** ...Read Less
Doctor in this story :Dr. Vishal Purohit
Kalpana Aesthetics
Satisfied With Liposuction Surgery
I took treatment in this hospital for liposuction..********* *** **** **** ********I am really satisfied with this surgery you are really great plastic surgeon...your all hospital staff is very co operative and caring...and your hospital is very nice and clean...thank you sir..thanks for everything...Read Less
Doctor in this story :Dr. Ramakant H. Bembde
Bembde Hospital
Regained Symmetry in Knees With Liposuction
I had some liposuction performed on an unsightly fat deposit left after injury by dog bite. Dr Rajat Gupta removed the excess fat and gave me back symmetry in my knees. I was very pleased with the results....Read Less
Doctor in this story :Dr. Rajat Gupta
Skinnovation Clinics - The World Of Aesthetics

Questions answered by trusted doctors

Verified User
Hi doctor, will drinking lemon juice (lemon with warm water and little salt) in empty stomach will reduce fat in our body?? Also drinking radish juice in a day time will reduce fat in body?? Pls advice..
Dr. Swathi S Aithal
Family and Community Medicine Specialist, Bangalore
Hello, They both surely are very effective in reducing the body weight but along with those you need to cut the carbohydrates from other side like reducing the amount of rice you are taking in, taking boiled veggies as salads and also taking fruits will help you reducing the carbohydrate intake. Avoid junk food and taking alcohol. Thank you
Verified User
Is it good to get fat reduced through surgery? What are the consequence? What are the usual charges for this surgery? What are other methods other than exercises and diet?
Dr. Chethan R S
General Physician, Bangalore
Hi....., fat reduction surgery will have lot of side effects..... Following these steps will help- Choose a low-carb diet.. Eat when hungry.. Eat real food.. Measure your progress wisely.. Be persistent Avoid artificial sweeteners.. Review any medications.. Stress less, sleep more.. Eat less dairy products and nuts.. Supplement vitamins and minerals.. Use intermittent fasting.. Exercise smart.. Achieve optimal ketosis.. Get your hormones checked.. Add green tea.. Consult Dietitian for diet chart...  
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