With more than 400,000 surgeries performed yearly, Liposuction remains the most performed cosmetic surgery.
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat from specific body areas.
During the procedure, a small incision is made in the skin. A thin, hollow tube is inserted and used to suction the excess fat using a surgical vacuum or a syringe.
The procedure is typically performed under local or general anesthesia. Recovery time varies depending on the type of liposuction performed, the amount of fat removed, and the patient’s overall health.
It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery and is not intended for individuals who are significantly overweight. It is intended to remove fat that is resistant to diet and exercise and should be used to contour the body in specific areas.
Types Of Liposuction
- Tumescent: It involves injecting a solution of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine into the area to be treated before suctioning out the fat.
- Ultrasound-Assisted: This type of liposuction uses ultrasound energy to break up the fat before sucking the fat out.
- Laser-Assisted: Laser-assisted liposuction is a type of liposuction that uses a laser to melt the fat. Once the fat is all melted out, it is sucked out of the body.
- Power-Assisted: This type of liposuction uses a mechanical device to help suction out the fat.
- Water-Jet Assisted: This type of liposuction uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula that is connected to a high-pressure water jet.
All these methods are used to remove unwanted fat from various body parts and are performed under local or general anesthesia.
Liposuction is more invasive than non-invasive fat removal procedures and has a longer recovery time. It also risks complications such as infection, bleeding, and nerve damage.
It is important to consult with a qualified surgeon and have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. Visit ArabiaMD to find the right surgeon for your need.
What Are The Common Misconceptions About Liposuction?
Liposuction is a weight loss procedure. It is not recommended for individuals who are significantly overweight or obese.
- Liposuction Has No Risks: Liposuction is a surgical procedure, so it carries the risks associated with any surgery, such as bleeding, infection, and nerve damage.
- Liposuction Will Get Rid Of All Your Fat: Liposuction can only remove a certain amount of fat and is not intended to remove large amounts of fat. It is best suited for individuals at or near their ideal body weight but with small pockets of stubborn fat that they would like to remove.
- Liposuction Will Give You Perfect Results: Liposuction can give you a noticeable improvement in the appearance of your body, but it will not give you perfect results. There may be some unevenness or asymmetry in the results, and you may still have some fat remaining in the treated area.
- Liposuction Does Not Require Recovery Time: Liposuction is a surgical procedure, so recovery time is required. You will need to take time off from work and other activities, and you will have to follow a specific post-operative care and recovery plan.
- Liposuction Is A One-Time Procedure: Liposuction results are not permanent, and you will have to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to maintain your results.
It’s important to have realistic expectations about liposuction results, understand the risks and recovery time involved, and consult with a qualified surgeon before undergoing the procedure.
What Happens Years After Liposuction?
The effects of liposuction can last for several years, but the results may not be permanent. Liposuction only removes a portion of the fat cells in a specific area, and the remaining fat cells can still expand or shrink depending on weight gain or weight loss.
Years after liposuction, it is still possible to gain weight in the treated area, and if you gain weight, the fat cells that were left behind will expand, and the liposuction results may be less noticeable.
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen after liposuction to help maintain the results of the procedure.