What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that involves the removal of fat deposits from underneath the skin using a tube called a cannula connected to a suction or vacuum. This is carried out either under general anaesthetic, heavy IV sedation or in some cases, local anaesthetic.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure and like any other surgery comes with its own risks. It is therefore imperative that your liposuction doctor is experienced, qualified and certified and most importantly abides by the highest levels of safety and ethical standards.

Ask for patient reviews and case studies. Don’t hesitate to speak to as many people as you can about a doctor’s track record. Find out how many successful liposuctions they’ve carried out over the past two years. Find out how many liposuctions have they performed where there have been complications and what sort of follow-up should you expect if things go wrong?

Make sure your doctor is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and Check whether or not they are a member of an appropriate professional governing body.

Dr. Gupta’s philosophy – The Art of Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction like any medical procedure comes with risks. For Dr. Gupta, the safety of his patients is paramount. According to Dr. Gupta, a successful treatment is one where the patient comes out with a sense of satisfaction in the areas of comfort, safety and result. More often than not, a positive outcome is due to the skill and artistry of the surgeon as well as the technique used.

Dr. Gupta believes in a 5 point approach to liposuction.

1. A demonstration of a surgeon’s knowledge of medical science.

2. A creation of that which is aesthetically pleasing.

3. A testament of a surgeon’s skill and precision.

4. A constant endeavour to improve upon techniques and skill.

5. The ultimate pursuit of patient satisfaction.

As specialists in the area of liposuction, we pride ourselves in providing our patients with a complete service including helping you to make an informed decision on all aspects of the liposuction journey. We have therefore created this “information hub” detailing everything you need to know about the procedures and practises surrounding liposuction. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that involves the removal of fat deposits from underneath the skin using a tube called a cannula. Dr. Gupta takes into consideration various factors including the patient’s current health status, weight and areas of treatment before advising them on the safest sedation procedure.

Risks associated with Liposuction

As with any medical procedure, liposuction comes with risks. Dr. Gupta is of the firm belief that as a prospective patient, it is important to know of them and understand them fully before embarking upon the procedure.

1. Liposuction must be controlled. Too much liposuction is dangerous and can cause surgical complications.

2. Liposuction is a surgical procedure; it is inadvisable to schedule another surgery either on the same day or in fact, within the same week. Using anaesthesia in such a short space of time can result in unnecessary complications.

3. An incompetent doctor or one that uses sub-standard techniques can cause skin irregularities, disfigurations and depression among patients.

4. Skin issues can arise if the cannulae used are too big. Ideally a cannula should have an outside diameter of less than 2.4 millimetres. Tumescent liposuction cannulae used by Dr. Gupta are usually less than 2.3 millimetres in diameter dramatically reducing the risk of skin deviations.

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a technique propounded by Dr. Jeffrey Klein (www.kleinlipo.com) that involves injecting large volumes of dilute local anaesthetic to the areas being treated. This causes firmness or a type of swelling in the area also known as tumescence (hence the name). Dr. Gupta is one of the few doctors in the UK who has been trained personally by Dr. Klein in mastering this technique. One of the benefits of this technique is the elimination of the need for pain medication after the procedure as the effect of the local anaesthetic lasts for many hours.

Modified Tumescent Liposuction

Dependent on a patient’s circumstances and medical history, doctors may sometimes choose to use a combination of Tumescent local anaesthesia in conjunction with general anaesthesia or heavy IV sedation. These MUST be administered by an anaesthesiologist due to the risks they carry.

Why choose Tumescent Liposuction? Tumescent Liposuction is the safest

The answer is simple,

Tumescent liposuction, when done correctly and in the right quantity, is the safest form of liposuction. This is because the Tumescent anaesthetic solution shrinks the capillaries reducing surgical blood loss. Complications or recorded deaths using this form of liposuction through local anaesthetic have been negligible.

The cosmetic results are better, smoother skin. Tumescent liposuction uses micro cannulae (cannulae that have a very small diameter – less than 2.3 millimetres.) Unlike traditional liposuction where the cannula diameter is 6 -10 millimetres, Dr. Gupta’s micro cannulae remove the fat in a slower but more uniformed approach. This results in a smoother finish.

Quicker healing after Tumescent liposuction. There is usually some amount of blood-tinged local anaesthetic solution that remains under the skin after the surgery which is then drained out through adits or holes into absorption pads. Using this drainage method quickens the healing process and reduces post-operative swelling and bruising.

There are 4 primary steps to achieve this;

a) leave the incision sites open without suturing

b) place adits (1.5mm tiny holes) in the skin to encourage draining,

c) use absorptive pads on the skin and

d) wear compression garments to encourage drainage.