Liposuction

Getting Rid of Excess Fats through Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that involves the slimming and reshaping of some regions of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving body proportion and contours. In layman’s terms, liposuction breaks up and sucks fat from the body. Other names for this surgery include lipectomy, lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, or lipo.

This surgery is usually performed alone or with other cosmetic surgeries, such as breast reduction, facelift, or tummy tuck. Areas of the body where it is usually carried out include the hips, buttocks, thighs, chest, abdomen, waist, cheeks, back, neck, chin, upper arms, inner knee, and calves.

During the surgery, fats are removed through a hollow instrument called cannula. A powerful, high-pressure vacuum or syringe is attached to the cannula. The cannula is then inserted under the skin through an incision. The excess fats are loosened using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using the surgical vacuum or syringe.

It is important to know that liposuction permanently removes fat cells. This will alter the overall shape of the body. However, the patient is still expected to lead a healthy lifestyle after the surgery. This is to ensure that the remaining fat cells will not grow bigger over time.

Types of Liposuction

There are 3 types of liposuction techniques. They are all familiar with the use of a cannula with a connected vacuum or syringe. The 3 types are further explained as follow:

1. Tumescent liposuction: This is the most common type. Here, the plastic surgeon will inject a sterile solution into the area where the fat is to be removed. This solution is made of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine. This combination makes it easier to suction the fat with less pain and blood loss.

2. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: This technique uses sound wave energy to rupture the cell walls of the fat. This liquefies the fat and makes it easier to suction out.

3. Laser-assisted liposuction: This procedure is also called SmartLipo. It uses a laser to produce a burst of energy that liquefies the fat. The liquid fat is then suctioned out.

Eligibility for Liposuction

People who undergo liposuction usually have stable body weight. They are only opting for liposuction because they want to remove undesirable fat deposits in certain parts of the body. Another qualified group for this surgery is those who want to undergo other cosmetic surgeries such as breast reduction, facelift, or tummy tuck.

It is important to know that liposuction is not used to treat obesity. For obesity, proper diets and exercises are still the gold standards for treatment. This surgery is also not an effective treatment for loose, saggy skin or cellulite. It also cannot be used to remove dimples or stretch marks.

Also, to qualify for liposuction, the patients must be within 30% of their ideal weight. They must also have firm, elastic skin and be a non-smoker.

At Change Me Clinic, we do not recommend this surgery for patients that have diabetes, poor blood flow, weakened immunity, or heart diseases.

To learn more about how liposuction can help you, feel free to contact us for consultation.

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