3 things about liposuction that may surprise you
If you’re new to the world of cosmetic procedures, liposuction can seem a little intimidating. However, advances to modern liposuction mean that the procedure is now quicker and more effective than ever before, with faster recovery and minimal discomfort.
Not familiar with modern liposuction? Here are three things that you may be surprised to know.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity
Despite its reputation, liposuction is not actually used as a treatment for obesity. In fact, to be eligible for the liposuction procedure you typically need to be at a stable, healthy weight and be generally physically healthy.
The aim of liposuction is not simply the removal of fat, but rather the targeted removal of disproportional deposits of fat to achieve a more pleasing and proportionate body shape. It is most suitable for individuals that, despite being otherwise healthy and active, have pockets of excess fat in certain areas and wish to cosmetically reduce or improve their body contours.
These stubborn fat deposits are commonly due to family traits as opposed to any lack of weight control or fitness. They are the regions that just don’t seem to respond to diet or exercise, with typical areas of focus being the thighs, upper arms, abdomen and underneath the chin.
There are different types of liposuction
Liposuction is an individualised procedure and there are several different techniques that may be utilised. These include:
- Suction Assisted Lipectomy, which utilises vacuum suction to remove fat from the body. This includes Tumescent liposuction, where a solution of anaesthetic and epinephrine are injected into the targeted area/s, resulting in a shorter recovery time than traditional liposuction.
- Ultrasound Liposuction, which uses an ultrasound device which melts fat cells and allows for a more precise extraction.
- Laser Lipolysis, which produces a smoother result with tighter skin by utilising a laser light to melt fat and contract collagen fibres.
To achieve an even smoother and contoured result, liposculpture is often performed at the same time as the liposuction procedure. Liposculpture involves the shaping of the body to help attain the desired proportions.
Growing in popularity is a procedure known as a ‘fat transfer’ or fat grafting, whereby fat removed via liposuction is used to enhance shape and contour to another part of the body. The results from this procedure are extremely natural, as the introduced fat perfectly complements the existing fat.
Liposuction is permanent
After adolescence, your body stops creating new fat cells. During liposuction these fat cells are removed from localised fat deposits to reshape the area.
Fat cells removed will not grow back and are permanently eliminated from those areas of the body.
If a healthy lifestyle is adhered to following the procedure, the results are essentially permanent. It is, however, possible for weight gain to occur due to the remaining fat cells enlarging. Maintaining healthy eating habits and moderate exercise reduces the likelihood of this happening.
As with any surgery or cosmetic procedure, liposuction can carry some risks and complications.
If you are considering liposuction, or curious as to whether it is suitable for you, be sure to seek out an experienced professional who has valid qualifications. Reputable cosmetic surgery clinics offering liposuction can be contacted directly, or you can ask your doctor for advice on how to contact a specialist.
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