Many people suffer from unattractive fat build up in certain areas
of their bodies. Women tend to accumulate fat around the hips, thighs,
abdomen, and buttocks. Men have problems with ?love handles? and
their abdomen. Either might have problems with their neck, chin, legs,
arms, or breasts. These stubborn deposits remain even after diet and
exercise. At best, many people would have to become excessively thin in
other areas prior to slimming these problem spots. But now there is away
to help people like this, by decreasing their size to one that fits them
more appropriately, but only through a surgery called liposuction.
Liposuction is also referred to as suction assisted lipectomy,
lipo-sculpture, or lipoplasty; but they basically are the same. Liposuction
removes fat deposits which are unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Surgeons can vacuum fat from beneath the surface of the skin, using an
instrument called a cannula. This surgery is used to decrease fullness in
any area of the body. It is an excellent method of spot reduction and
unwanted bulges, but it is not very effective for losing weight.
First started in the early 1980s, liposuctions present significant
advantages over other techniques of body contouring. Huge scars are
avoided by laboring through small incisions, (less than a half inch), that
are placed in the most unnoticeable areas, such as natural folds of skin.
Liposuction scars are very small and they are strategically placed in
obscure places. Then a slender, smooth, round, hollowed out surgical
suction rod, also known as a cannula, is injected and is connected to a
vacuum like object with a suction tube. This vacuum sucks the fat right
out of the body, leaving muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and skin in place.
This process allows the surgeon to recreate the body's shape, and sculpt a
new improved contour. For women, the most common areas treated are
the thighs and stomach. Men tend to have their ?love handles? and flank
area treated. Other areas that are treated as well are the hips, buttocks,
knees, ankles, double chins, and facial accumulations of fat. Liposuction
has become one of the most common cosmetic techniques all over the
world during the past fifteen years, due mainly to its safety and
Athletic individuals who are of normal body weight and are already
using an exercise program make the best candidates for liposuction,
because their deposits of fat are usually in one place due to their physical
fitness, but others can also benefit from this surgery. Usually people with
localized areas of bulging fat receive the most dramatic results, because
these localized areas of adipose are easily removed since the fat is all in
one place. Patients who are slightly overweight will also benefit, but
patients should not be obese. Age is not a important factor, but good skin
elasticity in patients will help the skin shrink to its improved contour.
The most important quality for patients, is for them to have realistic
expectations of what can be accomplished. Patients should not have heart
or lung problems, but should be in generally good health. This procedure
is not an alternative to weight loss, and there is a limit to how much fat
can safely be removed at one time.
The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
recognize liposuction as a safe and effective technique of removing
sectioned areas of excessive fat. Nonetheless, in rare occasions, this
surgery may cause severe trauma, especially when many or very
extensive areas are suctioned at one time. Like any other surgery,
complications such as bloodclots, infection, skin loss, and in the most
extremes cases even death can occur. However, a well trained and
qualified surgeons perform the surgery, these instances become quite rare.
Although a surgeon maybe very skilled, conflicts can occur; such
may include bagginess or rippling of the skin on the area treated. Also
pigment alterations (brown spots), can become common and become
permanent if disclosed to the sun. Bagginess of the skin may become
permanent if the skin fails to adjust to its skin surface. However,
problems like these are uncommon due to the new techniques such as: the
use of smaller cannulas and the combination of deep suctioning with
superficial suctioning.
If you are thinking about liposuction, choose a surgeon carefully to
insure that you receive the best cosmetic and surgical results possible.
There are a lot of official-sounding organizations and certifications that
don't mean anything in ways of qualification. To select a well trained and
educated surgeon, use these guidelines:
*Make sure the doctor is board-certified, and that the office
or surgery center where the procedure will be performed is