Liposuction is a surgical procedure carried out to remove the fat from certain areas of the  body that exercise or dieting cannot eliminate. It is a popular form of cosmetic surgery, but like any other carries risks and possible complications. It is vital to talk to a doctor before considering it. 

The safest and fastest form of liposuction is a technique known as microlipo, which is performed at the Hunar Clinic by Dr Puneet Gupta, one of Europe’s elite cosmetic surgeons. Dr Gupta mastered microlipo under the personal tutelage of its inventor Dr Jeffrey Klein, of Beverly Hills, and has performed more than 3,000 procedures.

Large volumes of dilute mix of local anaesthesia and  tumescent fluid are injected into the areas to be treated, which then swell and become firm; a process known as tumescence.

A tiny tube called a microcannula, connected to a suction or vacuum, then sucks the tumescent fluid from the body, removing the fat.

Unlike traditional liposuction, where the cannula diameter is six to 10 millimetres, microcannula are smaller, allowing the fat to be removed in a slower and more uniformed manner. This results in a smoother finish, and the procedure is so minimally invasive it leaves almost no trace any work has been carried out. One of the main benefits of microlipo is the elimination of the need for pain medication after the procedure, as the effect of the local anaesthetic lasts for many hours.

Tumescent liposuction, when done correctly and in the right quantity, is proven to be the safest form of liposuction. This is because the anaesthetic solution shrinks the capillaries thereby reducing surgical blood loss. Complications arising from microlipo are thus extremely rare.

Dr Gupta will talk you through aftercare considerations prior to your procedure at the Hunar Clinic, as this is an important way to ensure a smooth and safe recovery. 

There is usually residual anaesthetic solution under the skin following microlipo, and it can be removed in multiple ways. Damage to the capillaries cannot be avoided during the procedure, but the prolongation of the solution can be reduced using the open drainage method. Tiny adits, holes 1mm, 1.5mm or 2mm in diameter, are made to stimulate drainage after the procedure.

The use of open drainage post-procedure reduces bruising as the incisions made are so small that they do not require suturing. The residual solution drains out in two-to-three days, and not sealing the incisions reduces bruising and swelling while speeding up the healing process. Bruising is minimal, as tumescent liposuction reduces the amount of blood left under the skin.

The cost of liposuction surgery is a big factor when considering a procedure, but by no means the most important aspect, given patient safety is the Hunar Clinic’s top priority. It is unwise to have too much work done at once, especially where lipedema is concerned, and certain areas of the body require more time and attention, which will be priced in.

Dr Gupta will consider the number of areas being treated and whether they can all be treated in “one sitting” when calculating the cost for you, alongside the size of the patient and the size of the area being treated. The anticipated degree of difficulty of the particular procedure is also a consideration.

Dr Gupta will only proceed with clients who he feels will benefit from a liposuction procedure; no two individuals are the same, and it is only after the consultation that suitability is determined and a cost can be delivered.

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