Liposuction: a quick solution for excessive weight?
With advancements in technology, cosmetic procedures to improve and enhance ones appearance are becoming increasingly popular. Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture, suction-assisted lipectomy or simply lipo, is a type of cosmetic surgery that reshapes and slims down specific areas of the body by removing excess fat. While not a solution to obesity, properly conducted lipo can do wonders in sculpting and contouring the body to give it the desired look and shape.
As the name suggests, liposuction uses suction techniques to remove abnormal fatty deposits from virtually any part of the body, including:
- Outer and inner thighs
- Abdomen and waist
- Hips and buttocks
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
- Flanks (love handles)
The main purpose of liposuction is to reshape the body, not to reduce weight. The body structure of certain individuals is such that no amount of exercise and diet restrictions can help them achieve the desired results in weight loss and body shape. For these individuals, liposuction is the solution.
There are three major types of techniques used: Tumescent liposuction, Ultrasound-assisted liposuction and Laser-assisted liposuction. Liposuction surgery is a relatively easy procedure therefore, for the removal of small amounts of fat doctors conduct an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia, with or without a sedative. However, when larger amounts of fat are being removed, the patient is put under general anesthesia and kept overnight for observation.
Liposuction side effects:
Common side effects: Although an easy enough procedure, liposuction has its fair share of side effects. Minor risks of this type of surgery may include swelling, bruising, scarring and numbness for some time after the surgery. These side effects subside as time passes but can be experienced on and off for almost six months, in some cases.
Serious side effects: Sometimes, however, liposuction can cause serious complications including excessive fluid loss, blood and/or fat clotting and infection, leading to death, although rarely. In ultrasound-assisted liposuction, there is also danger of damage to the nerves and skin due to the heat generated by the machinery. While these risks cannot be predicted beforehand in any patient, it is important that the patient be in good health before the surgery. Any previous health issues such as coronary heart disease, auto-immune diseases, diabetes etc. can further increase the risk of unfortunate outcomes of the surgery.
Benefits of Liposuction
High Confidence Levels: Having reduced fat is not just a pleasant change for one’s own eyes. For people who are very conscious of their body image, removal of body fat through lipo also acts as an esteem booster as others start to appreciate the positive change in one’s appearance. Especially for women, in work places as well as in domestic settings, excessive weight can be a source of personality complexes that can be eliminated with the help of this weight loss surgery.
Better Health: Apart from convenience and psychological benefits, liposuction also has certain health benefits. Excessive body weight can lead to various other health issues, and for some people reducing weight through exercise is either a very slow and tedious process or is not possible at all. Excessive weight can limit mobility, cause joint and bone problems, heart issues, as well as other medical problems. Lipo not only provides a fast weight loss solution for these patients, but also a chance to live a healthier life and avoid any issues that might have otherwise aroused from obesity.
Technically, liposuction is considered a permanent solution for people who have abnormal body fat. However, like any other surgery, post-operative care after liposuction is also very important. Eating the same high cholesterol foods and avoiding exercise can result in fat returning to the body. However, post liposuction surgery the fat does not return in the previous target areas of the body. Although there is no knowing what new areas the fat might target, there are high chances of the fat depositing deep in the body such as around the heart or liver. Hence, it is also crucial for liposuction patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the surgery since weight gain can be a bigger problem for them post-surgery then it had been before.
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