Liposuction (sometimes referred to as lipoplasty) is a cosmetic surgical procedure intended to remove fat deposits from under the skin using a vacuum-suction canula or ultrasonic probe that emulsifies the fat and then removes it with suction to reshape your body contours.
Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits as a result of family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness.
It is a procedure to slim and reshape specific areas of the body. It is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.
Common body areas where lipoplasty may be performed on include:
Liposuction was the number one cosmetic surgery procedure performed on men and women in 2007, according to statistics compiled by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
If you are bothered by excess fat deposits located anywhere on your body that don't respond to diet or exercise - it may be right for you?
Ideal candidates include:
In general, the ideal candidates are men and women who are of relatively normal weight, but have isolated pockets of fat that do not respond to an adequate diet and exercise program. Think love handles or muffin tops.
Based on your surgeon's experience and expertise and your particular case, he or she will choose a method of anesthetic, the appropriate wetting solution and one of many different methods of liposuction.
Time in surgery varies, depending on the size of the area being treated and can span from 30 minutes to five hours. If you choose to have multiple areas treated at once, the procedure will take longer.
All surgeries have risks, and lipoplasty is no exception. They include:
The decision to have liposuction is extremely personal and you'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
Some advantages include:
It may take several months for any swelling to fully dissipate. As it does, your new contours and enhanced self-image should continue to develop.
The fulfillment you feel from the initial results should continue as long as you control your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A significant weight gain can reverse your results.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science and although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations with liposuction, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
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