Liposuction is a very commonly requested cosmetic treatment, with breast augmentation and rhinoplasty (nose job) surgery; this is one of the most often performed cosmetic procedures. It is not a treatment that improves a person’s health, but their appearance. Basically, it eliminates any pockets of fatty tissue from areas that prove difficult to move using any other methods, such as exercising and dieting. Liposuction is not to be considered as an alternative of weight loss but as a method of changing your body’s contour and shape. Liposuction will help people get rid of unattractive bulges of fatty tissue and also improve their body image.
If you have cellulite or are obese, liposuction is not a treatment suited to you. Patients should be within 30% of their ideal weight before liposuction will be an alternative.
Anyone considering undergoing the procedure has to be in good health, both physically and psychologically. They should also be fairly fit. Alternative options such as exercise and diet should have been considered and tried before approaching a cosmetic surgeon for liposuction. If the skin on the area you want to be treated is either too wrinkled or loose it might be deemed not acceptable for the treatment.
Liposuction is a fairly straight-forward technique. Small incisions are made in the skin where the excess fat located and then a thin tube known as a cannula is inserted in these areas. The tubes are attached to a vacuum machine which will suck out the fat. The procedure can be performed with you remaining awake using a local anaesthetic, or you can sleep through the whole thing by opting for a general anaesthetic. Most people prefer the general anaesthetic.
Generally you don’t have to stay overnight at a hospital, the procedure is commonly carried out on an outpatients basis, such as a suitably equipped doctor’s office, cosmetic surgery centre or a hospital. If a large excess of fat is to be removed then you may have to, but if it is a small area only, such as a double chin or knees, then it can be carried out quite easily in a properly equipped doctor’s office or hospital.
Liposuction can be carried out on a number of areas. Women generally have excess fat removed from under their chin, upper arms, outer thighs, hips, waist and stomach. Whilst men complain of excess fat forming love handles around the waist, enlarged male breasts and under the chin. Liposuction can make your lumps and bumps evaporate and improve body contours, giving you an improved shape both in and out of your clothes.
Liposuction on the face is often carried out at the same time as a face or eye lift. Fat can be removed from around the eyes, cheeks and chin. It can particularly help those who have undergone a breast reduction or men who are seeking a Gynecomastia reduction. The stomach and buttocks are other popular areas of the body that liposuction can help to get rid of excess fat and grant a more defined look to your body.
A common enough procedure, liposuction is seen as a safe method of removing fatty tissue. All surgery has its risks of course and you should always make sure you are aware of these before undergoing any treatment. Some patients might experience a dimpling effect or lumpiness in the skin. Also scarring, discoloration or sagging skin can be side effects of the treatment. To figure out if liposuction is right for you to achieve the look you wish for, schedule a consultation appointment with an established cosmetic surgeon to discuss your options.