Liposuction is a surgical treatment that removes fat from your body by suction. During the process, small, thin tubes (cannula) are inserted through small cuts in the skin. When the fat is suctioned through the tubes, the doctor moves them around the skin to target specified fat deposits. In the recent years, liposuction has been proven to be the best weight loss surgery with improved techniques with modern technology to make the treatment safe, less painless, and easier to process.
The latest techniques in Liposuction include:
This treatment uses a local anesthetic to number the region where the tube will be placed. Then, a large amount of anesthetic solution that contains Lidocaine and Epinephrine, which is injected into the fatty tissue before the liposuction is complete. Tumescent liposuction does not usually require general anesthesia.
This technique requires an ultrasound to liquefy the fat to make it easier to remove. It is found to be helpful in removing fat from the upper abdomen, sides, and back.
This treatment uses low-energy waves to liquefy the fat that is removed through a small cannula.
Liposuction is normally done as an outpatient procedure in a hospital, properly equipped doctor’s office, or ambulatory surgery center. It usually does not require a 24-hour stay unless a large amount of fat has been removed. When a large volume of fat is being treated, general anesthesia or deep sedation is used with a local anesthetic. In some cases, local anesthesia is used, though you may or may not be given a sedative.
What to Expect
Once the produce is complete, the area of the body treated will be wrapped firmly to help reduce any swelling, bruising, and pain. Depending on which parts of the body were treated, a special girdle, support hose, and elastic bandages may be used. You will have to wear the compression garment for up to 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the volume of treatment. Remember to expect normal bruising and swelling for at least the first week and a half.
Most patients can move around after the treatment is finished and any sedation and anesthesia has worn off. Fluid from the incision may drain for several days as you will be given antibiotics to help reduce any risk of infection. You will be able to return to your normal lifestyle and activities when you feel comfortable as many have returned to work within a week. Although for larger areas, recovery may take longer.
What is Liposuction for?
Liposuction is done to reshape the areas of your body due to health risks and concerns. It is typically done to remove problem areas that may not have responded to diet and exercise. The areas are usually the outer thighs, waist, and hips for a woman and the back on men. The most commonly treated areas are the face, neck, stomach, back, legs, upper arms, and buttocks.
In many cases, Liposuction is often used with other cosmetic surgery procedures; including breast reduction, facelifts, and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). The treatment is also used for medical conditions which include Lipomas, Fat Metabolism issues (lipodystrophy), and excessive armpit sweat (axillary hyperhidrosis). It is important to understand that Liposuction is not meant to treat obesity as it will not get rid of cellulite or stretch marks on the body.
Does it work?
Liposuction is very effective when it comes to removing fat deposits in specific areas. It is important to remember that if you regain the weight that was originally removed through liposuction, the fats are highly likely to return. Though any improvement in body contour is noticeably after surgery, the full effect of having liposuction may not be visible for several months.
Liposuction does not usually tighten the skin over the area treated, except for laser liposuction. One the fat has been removed; the skin may become loose. Though some people’s skin is very elastic, it may take up to six months for the skin to tighten up. Those who expect to lose weight with liposuction alone may end up disappointed.
Risks with Liposuction
When the procedure is done by an experienced doctor in a proper facility, Liposuction is safe. Having s very large or more than one area treated may increase any risk of complications anytime during or after the procedure.
Some of the most common side effects include:
– Body soreness, numbness, in and around the area, and temporary swelling or bruising.
– Minor scarring and irritation around the treated area
– Baggy skin (Note: the skin should tighten after a few months, though in some cases, the skin may remain loose)
– Some of the less common side effects include:
– Permanent skin color changes
– Uneven surface of the treated area
– Damage to skin and nerves. (The heat that is generated ultra-assisted liposuction may risk burning the skin or damage the tissue).
It is important that Liposuction is to be done by a licensed doctor with special training and knowledge of how to respond to sudden complications. Liposuction will be less risky if done solo rather than at the same time as other cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgeons agree that healthy people that have stubborn at deposits are best candidates for liposuction.
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