About Liposuction Treatments
Liposuction Treatment also called as “lipo” in common language, liposuction comes under the techniques used in cosmetic surgery which is the removal of excess body fat deposits through the suction procedure, to reshape the body in the best possible way.
How is it done?
Firstly, the area of the body which a person wants to get treated it’s locally anaesthetized i.e. if a person wants to get liposuction of abdomen, then abdominal region is anaesthetized and same goes for other common areas like liposuction of love handles, liposuction of outer thighs, liposuction of buttocks and liposuction of double chin or neck. A person can also get general anesthesia for the procedure if his/her surgeon recommends them to go with.
Next, an unobtrusive incision is made to the area of interest to insert the cannula attached to a syringe or a surgical vacuum that will suck out all the excess deposited fat. A clear improvement in the body form can be seen once post-surgery swelling fades.
The pros and cons of liposuction
Before going for liposuction, a person must be fully aware and informed about the pros and cons this procedure holds. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for this technique. Criteria for a perfect prospect includes good health and good skin elasticity. Some of the pros and cons are mentioned below:
- The decrease in the number of fat cells that will ultimately stop body cells with replacing them and hence no returning of fat cells and no fat deposition. If a person keeps a balanced diet after lipo, then this change can be long lasting.
- A safe procedure since it is known to be the most common cosmetic surgery technique in US and UK and is the second most popular cosmetic surgery worldwide.
- No long bed rest is required as patient recovers quickly from this surgery, usually within 2-3 days. Patients with a lot of fat deposits removed may take longer than usual recovery time.
- Help maintain self-confidence in people that previously had larger body mass.
- More substantial weight loss is seen through lipo as compared to diet and exercise.
Since it is considered as a major surgery, so risks are associated with it just like other major surgeries like:
- Skin bruising and swelling (inflammation). In some cases, fluid discharge is seen from the site of surgery (incision).
- Blood clotting in veins.
- Due to improper skin elasticity, or aberrant removal of fat, the final form of the body may appear somewhat irregular.
- Surgical area/incision infections and scarring are common and antibiotics are usually given to reduce such infections.
- Allergic reactions to anesthesia and other medication, resulting in shock and ultimately death.
- Skin burns are common due to irregular movement of the cannula.
- A disturbance in body fluids level due to continuous administration/suction of fluids, leading to different complications such as kidney or cardiac problems in the future.
- Uneven pigmentation in some cases during healing procedure.
Quick Facts on Liposuction
- As per American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, about 414,335 liposuction procedures were carried out in the year 2017.
- The average cost of liposuction is €2,200, excluding anesthesia, operating room facilities or other hospital expenses.
- Lipo is not a solution for obesity.
- About 5 liters to 30 liters of fat can be removed from lipo.
Different types of Liposuction