Fat grafting is a natural solution to restore volume, shape and to rejuvenate certain areas of your body like face & buttocks commonly. Fat is taken from the body fat areas like abdomen, inner thighs, etc. Liposuction or Micro Lipo and transferred to areas of the body where volume is needed. This way require more than one sitting due to some amount of fat getting resorbed in the body over a period of 3 months.
Liposuction just means to extract fat from the body through a machine and special cannulas. It is usually a day care procedure with discharge on the same day. It is usually done using small mini incisions at hidden sites. Liposuction is not a weight reduction procedure; it just removes fat and doesn’t address the internal fat. It helps in inch loss rather than weight loss.
Mostly a young client with good skin elasticity and minimum stretch marks and one who has neither gained or lost too much of weight suddenly is an ideal client.
Liposuction can be done for any area starting from abdomen to flanks, back, thighs, etc. It is impossible for anyone to suck out entire fat from all areas in one go. The current guidelines say that more than 5 l of fat extraction is considered mega liposuction and in a sitting the upper limit to extraction is 10% of one’s own body weight.
Immediately after surgery client is made to wear pressure garments and they stay in place for the next 2-3 days without removal. Slight oozing of fluid is normal and dressings are changed for the same. Client is advised to take adequate rest at home following discharge and told to do active toe and hand movements. Bath is recommended only after 3-4 days or may be 5 days depending upon client to client. Normal walk and other activities can be resumed in a week’s time. Heavy exercises, gym, running, swimming is not allowed for the client till 8 -12 weeks post surgery. Pressure garments are advised to be worn till 4-6 months post surgery for at least 12-16 hours a day to gain maximum benefit.
Liposuction should only be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. Pain is experienced post surgery for few days, which gradually wades away as day’s progress. Pain is easily controlled by analgesics. Slight bruising is always there on the areas treated, which disappears in a matter of 2-3 weeks. Tissue swelling is there after surgery, which initially increases and then subsequently starts decreasing with time. It usually takes about 8-12 weeks for swelling to completely subside and good contouring is evident.