Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that includes sucking fat from various parts of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, chest, back, calves, ankles, buttocks, upper arms, and neck, allowing not just fat removal but also contouring of these areas.
Liposuction is a surgical technique that is more of an art than a science. It is a skill acquired through clinical experience that includes the actual application of scientific information with accuracy and artistry. It provides as much happiness and delight to the person through it as it does to the surgeon doing the terrifying work of delivering that final result.
It is also called lipo, lipoplasty, or body contouring. The procedure uses a suction technique to remove the fat from specific parts of the body such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, or neck.
Liposuction has evolved over the last 15 years with the introduction of the tumescent and super-wet techniques, ultrasonic assisted liposuction, power assisted liposuction and laser lipolysis. These advances have made possible the removal of larger volumes of fat with negligible blood loss and relatively trifling complications.
Lately, it has become a popular cosmetic surgery option for people who want to lose weight easily. However, it is not typically considered an overall weight-loss method or weight-loss alternative because you are more likely to lose weight through diet, exercise and bariatric procedures, such as gastric bypass than you would lose from liposuction.
People usually get a liposuction procedure to improve the shape of their bodies and to remove excess fat from specific areas. They try liposuction when diet and exercise can’t do the job.
The most often used definition of ‘large volume liposuction’ The term LVL refers to either the overall amount of fat removed during the surgery or the total volume removed during the procedure (fat plus wetting solution). Because many of the problems associated with big volume liposuction are connected to fluid shifts and fluid balance, categorizing the surgery as large volume based on total volume taken from the patient, including fat, wetting solution, and blood, is preferable.
Clinically, large volume liposuction refers to the removal of more than 5 liters of total volume from the patient. Gilliland et al. have properly separated and classified them as:
- Large Volume Liposuction (LVL) is an aspirate of 5000 ml
- Mega-volume liposuction as an 8000 ml aspirate
- Giganto-volume liposuction as an aspirate of 12,000 ml