Being one of the commonly done cosmetic procedures ‘liposuction’ is now a common man’s term. Part of its popularity can also be credited to over zealous advertising and performance of this procedure by untrained and self proclaimed specialists. Here are a few clarifications for those genuinely interested in its details.

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Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for liposuction surgery:

  • Areas of fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of your body and do not go away with diet and exercise – so called “diet resistant fat”
  • Areas with minimal amounts of excess skin (Liposuction removes fat not skin) and good skin elasticity

Liposuction surgery may be considered to treat areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breast enlargement), back, arms and neck Liposuction is equally effective in both men and women.

Liposuction Results

Liposuction surgery usually improves contours. In some instances it may be used in a circumferential fashion, thinning an area. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several months to get an accurate picture of the results of your surgery. The small incisions used for access of the instrument known as a cannula, will fade over a number of months usually becoming barely visible.

The results of liposuction surgery are usually long-lasting, but they may be affected by weight gain, aging, pregnancy and lifestyle factors.

Your Personal Consultation– How will my plastic surgeon evaluate me for liposuction surgery?

During the initial consultation, you may be asked to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved.  This will help your plastic surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved. A determination of the elasticity of the skin will also occur.

How Liposuction Surgery is Performed?

The basic technique of liposuction involves the removal of fat via a hollow metal tube (cannula) that is passed through the fatty tissue. One of the most common types of liposuction involves the aspiration of fat by attaching a pump that generates a vacuum. This is known as suction assisted liposuction (SAL). In addition, a motor may be used on the cannula that causes the cannula to move back and forth thus performing much of the “work” of liposuction know as power assisted liposuction (PAL). An ultrasonic generator may produce sound waves above audible frequency that “breaks” the fat cells and the broken down fat is removed by SAL. A laser can also be employed to break down the fat cells. Each of the methods has advantages and disadvantages. These methods will be discussed with you at the time of the consultation. Additionally, the above techniques may be combined to yield optimal results. The decisions concerning the appropriate technique will best be accomplished by your plastic surgeon.

Understanding Risks of Liposuction

Fortunately, significant complications from liposuction surgery are infrequent. Liposuction surgery is one of the two most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Most often this surgery is performed without experiencing any major problem.

The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis between you and the plastic surgeon. The risks in most surgeries are similar. Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, changes in sensation, scarring etc.

The goal of your plastic surgeon and the entire staff is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.

If you are a smoker, it is recommended to stop smoking well in advance of surgery since smoking can impair the healing process. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens should be discontinued before undergoing liposuction surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.

Liposuction surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. If this is the case, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the next 24 hours. If you are undergoing large volume of liposuction, it may be suggested that you be hospitalized even for one night.

The Day of Liposuction Surgery

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Frequently, local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing liposuction surgery, although general anesthesia may be desirable in some instances. For your safety during the operation, various monitors are used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.

When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. You will most likely be wearing a compression garment, usually used to help “shrink” the skin. Concerning postoperative pain, many patients state that the area feels sore, as if they underwent a vigorous work out.

You probably will be permitted to go home after a short period of observation, although some patients may stay overnight in the hospital or surgical facility.

Recovery from Liposuction Surgery

It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.

The first few days after surgery, you should rest quietly. If you can elevate the body part, it is usually suggested that you do so. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications. You most likely will wear a garment. If it is too tight you should promptly notify your surgeon.

During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising. The swelling persists longer. Bruising typically disappears within seven to ten days. Stitches are usually removed within a week of surgery.

Straining, bending over and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less.

How much will liposuction cost?

Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Prices for liposuction vary widely, and are often dependent on the area to be tackled.

Courtesy- The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

For appointments contact

Dr Sreekar Harinatha at 9902223733 or

55 thoughts on “Liposuction

    • I could not fully understand your question. Anyway Liposuction can theoretically be done anytime. But its better avoided in pregnant ladies. The body shape and weight undergoes major changes during pregnancy. Hence its better to delay the procedure until child birth when these factors stabilize.
      And if you are planning pregnancy in the near future, its again better delayed. Liposuction does not affect future pregnancies. I hope i cleared your doubts.

    • After liposuction, the new body’s shape is more or less permanent. If a patient does gain a moderate amount of weight after liposuction, then the figure will simply be a larger version of the new body shape. Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back. If you do not gain excessive amounts of weight, then the new more pleasing silhouette is permanent. Of course after liposuction, the clock keeps ticking, and advancing age will produce the usual changes in the shape of the body associated with the aging process. Nevertheless, the benefits of liposuction will always be apparent. The more weight a patient gains after liposuction, the less dramatic the results of liposuction will be.

  1. Sir i am Madhu my weight is 90 and height is 5.8 for 29 yrs .so any solution for reduce my weight in surgery .and if I go with surgery how much weight I reduce . please reply me

    • Hello,
      One thing you need to be clear about is this… Liposuction is more a body contouring surgery than a weight loss procedure. What it means is that its useful when you want to alter the shape of a body area. generally up to 10 litres of fat can be removed in each sitting resulting in considerable weight loss.

  2. Hi, my hip will be wider. So iam planning to for lipo. but iam unmarried, marriage will be with in an year. so i need your suggestion whether its corect to go for lipo now. and what will be the cost for only hip.

    • Hello,
      Generally the recovery period after liposuction is around 3 weeks. So as far as the timing of surgery is concerned, you can decide that for yourself. The cost of one sitting of liposuction in our setup is Rs.75000 + tax.

  3. I have delivered a baby on Oct 22, 2012.I have fat accumulated in my tummy and sides, also at the back at my bra-line. Also, the tummy is so loose now, it hangs. I am 71 kgs and my height is 5.35. I had a C-section delivery. I work as a software engineer and hence requires to sit for longer hours. I am now trying to reduce weight through dieting and exercise. But the shape of the tummy cannot be changed now with the loose muscles after delivery. I wanted your expert opinion whether i should consider liposuction to reduce the said areas. Also, please give me an idea regarding how much the cost will be.I am not planning for another baby atleast another 3 years.All i am looking for is regain the proper body shape and lose inches and safety is my biggest concern. Please advice. Thank you.

    • Hello,
      Usually after delivery there are two issues regarding the abdomen.
      1. Excess fat
      2. Excess loose skin with stretch marks.
      If the amount of loose skin is too much you will need a tummy tuck or else liposuction will do.
      The cost will be around Rs.45000.
      Call 9902223733 for appointments and other details.
      Thank you

  4. Hello,
    I am 28yrs and I have a breast size of 38E. I am not inclined towards having a breast reduction surgery. I was curious if a liposuction would be helpful in attaining a reduced cup size. If yes, please let me know the approximate expense so I can plan for a personal consultation.

  5. Hello,
    I am 26yrs and weigh 70kgs. I also have hyperthyroid, for which I am on 100mcg/day.
    Can I undergo this surgery? I have huge fat on tummy area and upper hands and back. Please tell me the total cost so that I can arrange for personal consultation. Thank you.

  6. Hello Doctor,

    I am 29 years old guy. My buttock is looking very big, fat got stored and looks very ugly. when i wear my pant also, its looks like projecting from normal how man’s butt will be.

    Kindly pls let me know what kind of treatment i can undergo to reduce the fat and looks like normal man butt and also the cost for the treatment.

    • Hello. The exact treatment needed for the same depends on various factors that can be examined during consultation.
      Generally, the cost will be around Rs.45000.
      Call 9902223733 for appointments and details. Thank you

  7. Hi I am 29 years old have tendency to gain weight becoz of hypothyrodsm, I am not obese but I have wider hips and love handles, pls tell me the cost and recory time and side effects

  8. Respected Sir,

    I am 29yrs old. I have delivered a baby on Feb 10, 2013.I have fat accumulated in my tummy and sides, also at the back at my bra-line. Also, the tummy is so loose and the cup size of my breast has been increased to 38DD now. I am 80 kgs and my height is 5.4. I had a normal delivery. I work as a Clinical data Analyst and hence requires to sit for longer hours. I am now trying to reduce weight through dieting and exercise. But the shape of the tummy is not changed now with the loose muscles and size of my breast reduced after delivery. I wanted your expert opinion whether i should consider liposuction to reduce the said areas. Also, please give me the exact cost for the same. I am not planning for another baby atleast another 4 yearsfrom now. All i am looking for is regain the proper body shape and lose inches around my tummy region and reduce the breast size. Please advice.

    Thank you.

    • Hello,
      Generally after delivery, there are two issues. Excess skin with stretch marks and excess fat.
      The choice between liposuction and tummy tuck depends on the relative excess of skin and fat.
      This can be decided only after personal consultation.
      As far as the breast is concerned you may require breast reduction.
      Call 9902223733 for appointments and other details.
      Thank you

      • Thank You Sir!!
        Please let me know approximate price for a breast reduction + lipposuction around tummy n back.


    • Hello,
      Going by your weight and height you have a high enough BMI to merit bariatric surgery.
      However liposuction does have a role in managing pockets of fat that you would be concerned about.
      If you do not want to undergo bariatric surgery, you can think of liposuction. Cost of liposuction is Rs.45000 per session.
      Thank you

  9. I am 34 year old , my weight is 52 KG and height around 5′ 2” … my problem area is stomach… i have skinny legs and thigh and butt but stomach look so big and bloated .what would be approx cost of liposuction?

    • Hello,

      This is in response to your query.
      Yes we can do the liposuction in two sessions

      Regarding Liposuction- Each session:
      Time of Surgery: Around 3 hours
      Duration of admission: One day
      Cost of Surgery: Rs.45000

      Consultation Timings:
      1. Apollo hospital: Any day(Except Sunday & Wednesday) between 8am to 5pm with appointment.

      2. KR Puram Super-Speciality hospital: Sunday at 10am
      Wednesday at 4pm
      Any other day with prior appointment.

      Please call 9902223733 for further details and appointments.

  10. Hello Doctor,
    I have been exercising regularly from past 2.5 years with proper diet. I was weighing 90kg before and now 68 but problem area have been my hips and thighs .
    which are 44″ and 28″ respectively no matter what I do , I’m not able to achieve inch loss around these areas.Does liposuction help people like me to achieve inch loss say 38″ to 36″ on hips and 21″ on thighs.

    • Hello,
      though the exact results can be asessed only bt having a look,
      your expectations are fairly realistic and look achievable.
      Kindly save this for future reference. The cost of liposuction is Rs.45000 for one area.

      Dr Sreekar Harinatha,
      MBBS,MS,MCh,DNB, MECAMS(European College of Aesthetic Medicine & Surgery,Dublin,Ireland)

      Plastic, Cosmetic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeon,

      Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta road &
      KR Puram Super Specialty hospital, Bangalore.,
      You can call me on 9902223733.

      My clinic address is,
      Raghavendra Nilaya,
      7th main, Near Bata showroom, Ramamurthy Nagar.

  11. Hello doctor,

    I am 100 kg male with big stomach due my work style. I consulted a lipo cosmetic doctor at our area. He advice me 6 to 7 litter of fat at stomach area and my two breast area slightly bulky , he advice me to do lipo .

    Pls advice how much it will cost if you cover that two area(stomach and breast area)

    • Kindly save this for future reference

      Dr Sreekar Harinatha,
      Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon,

      *Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta road,
      *KR Puram Super Speciality Hospital,
      Near Vinayaka temple on old Madras road

      My Clinic address is Raghavendra nilaya, 7th main, Near bata Showroom, Ramamurthy Nagar

      Regarding Liposuction
      Cost Rs.45000
      Admission for one day

      Cost of both will be around Rs.85000.
      Admission for two days

      Call 9902223733 for appointments and other details.
      Thank you

  12. Hi,
    I am a 29 year old male. I’m about 6 ft tall and weigh about 92kgs. I would like to undergo liposuction. Could you please give an idea as to what would be the cost for this?

    Thank you.

  13. I want to reduce my butt and thighs.i have pear shaped butt measures 45 age is 25 years.heaight 5.6 ” and weight 68kg. I want to know total cost for reducing butt and thighs.

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