Liposuction is a kind of cosmetic surgery that aims at improving the appearance of an individual by removing the fats deposited in the body and making them appear lean. The surgical procedure uses a suction technique hence the name liposuction. This procedure is employed for the contouring of the different areas of the body: arms, neck, hips, buttocks, abdomen, thighs, calves and ankles, chest and back etc. Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty or body contouring.

This is a cosmetic surgery associated with risks and recovery after the surgical procedure is slow and painful. Therefore, one should decide wisely before opting for liposuction or any other cosmetic surgery as a matter of fact.

Types of liposuction

Liposuction is classified on the basis of the specific technique that is employed. The common methods are:

  • Tumescent liposuction: It is the most common procedure for liposuction. A sterile injection is injected in the areas where the surgery is to be done; the injection contains anaesthesia and fat removing agent. The surgeon makes incisions in the skin through which a thin tube called cannula is inserted. This tube is connected to a vacuum and thus sucks out the fat from the body.


  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: This method is can also be used in association to tumescent liposuction. In this procedure, a low-frequency ultrasound device is attached to the cannula. The emitted frequency emulsifies the fat, following which the fluids and fats are removed with a suction tube.


  • Power assisted liposuction: In this procedure, an oscillating tip is used with the cannula. This ensures more precision in removing the deposited fats.


  • Laser assisted lipolysis: Laser energy is used to liquefy the deposited fats from the cells which is removed by traditional suction technique. Here the tube is used is smaller and thus its used only for confined areas such as the chins, jowls and face. Laser assisted technique has one benefit over the other techniques which is production of collagen which is the fiber- like protein that helps maintain the skin structure.

Benefits of Liposuction

  • Liposuction can help reshape and provide desired contouring to your body, thus improving one’s appearance. Your altered appearance makes you feel good.


  • In men, the liposuction procedure helps remove the fats that have been deposited in the breasts (the condition is called gynecomastia).


  • It helps treat the benign tumours which get formed due to the excess deposition of the fatty acids.


  • Helps treat the lipodystrophy syndrome which in fact is the cause for deposition of the fats.


  • The effect is immediate. Large amount of fat is easily removed at once without the need of exercise and diet.


  • Excessive sweating from the arm-pits can be treated using liposuction.


Cost of Liposuction

The cost of liposuction varies according to the different parts of the body. The average cost of a liposuction surgery has been estimated to be around 2 lakhs INR. The rates of the procedure depends upon the location, the skills of the doctor, the equipment used and the total time involved . These surgeries may last for up to 4 hours. Its not always necessary that the most expensive liposuction surgery will be the best. The cost highly depends upon the equipment that are going to be used, but you should consult a good surgeon and research on your own too to find the option that suits you the best.

Risks of Liposuction

Liposuction is associated with high level of risks such as injuries to other organs, burns from equipment ,nerve damage, fat clots, blood clots, skin necrosis, swelling, infections etc. The skin colour may change too. Liposuction is associated with issues in healing as it is often painful and slow. This is going to cause a permanent change and if one is not happy about their appearance after surgery, there is no going back.