WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?

Liposuction is also identified by other names such as linoplasty, liposculpture suction, lipo, or lipectomy. The goal of this procedure is to suck or break up fat from the body.

Liposuction is used on the thighs, calves, back, arms, chin, neck, buttocks, and even the abdomen.

A cannaula is used to remove the fat. This cannula with the fat is then inserted under the skin while a high-pressure vacuum is applied to the cannula.

Liposuction is one of the commonest cosmetic procedures in the US. Studies have shown that at least 300,000 procedures are done on a yearly basis.

People who do this procedure usually have a very stable weight. However, the desire to take away some undesirable body fat deposits motivates them to undergo the procedure.

Please note that liposuction is not an obesity treatment, and neither is it used as a weight loss method.

A liposuction does not expel cellulites, stretch marks or simples. It is mainly an esthetic procedure. It is meant for those who desire to enhance their body contour, or change it totally.

Liposuction removes fat cells permanently. This alters the shape of the body. However, if a patient fails to live a healthy life, he or she stands a risk of developing bigger fat cells.

There’s a limit to the amount of fat that can be safely removed.

There are some associated risks such as numbness, infection, and scarring. If an excess amount of fat is harvested, then there will be dents or lumpiness in the skin.

WHAT ARE THE USES OF A LIPOSUCTION?

The major reason why a liposuction is done is to improve appearance. It is not done for any health benefits. Most people would probably achieve better results with a balance diet, a healthy and active lifestyle, and healthy sleep schedule.

A liposuction is recommended if the desired results cannot be achieved by lifestyle modifications. It can treat fat-laden areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.

When a person adds weight, the volume and size of the fat cell increases. Liposuction trims down the population of fat cells in such isolated areas.

You should have an appointment with your doctor before you decide whether you should go for a liposuction or not. Careful consideration must be done before opting for this procedure.

Liposuction yields subtle results.

Areas that are mostly treated by liposuction include:

  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Chest
  • Hips
  • Upper arms
  • Neckline
  • Flanks (love handles)

Liposuction is very beneficial to those who have a good skin elasticity and skin tone, where the skin is molded into contours.

People with inelastic skin may end up with loose skin in the treated areas.

A liposuction candidate must be at least 18 years of age, and in good health. Liposuction is contraindicated in people with the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Weak immune system

PREPARING FOR THE PROCEDURE

Prior to the surgery, you may be asked to do some health tests to be sure that you are physically fit for the surgery.

Recommendations that may be made include:

  • Contraindication of anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin at least two weeks to the surgery.
  • Contraindication of contraceptive pills
  • Anemia patients may need to take their iron supplements.

You’ll sign a consent form showing that you are aware of the benefits, risks, and alternatives to this procedure.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?

You will be given a general anesthetic. Some anesthetics can last for up to 4 hours.

An epidural is used for treatments in the lower body. The doctor will inject some anesthetic into the epidural space, around the spine. This will cause partial numbness of the legs and the abdomen.

A local anesthetic may be used if the liposuction is done on small areas.

There are quite a number of liposuction techniques that may be used. These include:

  • Tumescent liposuction
  • Dry liposuction
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
  • Power-assisted liposuction (PAS)
  • Laser Assisted Lipolysis (LAL)

After the liposuction, you will have access to the following:

  • Support bandages
  • Anesthetics
  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers