Liposuction – Lipo – Lipectomy

English: Photo of Liposuction Surgery being pe...

English: Photo of Liposuction Surgery being performed by plastic surgeon with heart monitor in background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Liposuction – we’ve all heard of it right? Isn’t that where the plastic surgeon sucks out the fat from your thighs (or anywhere else where you’ve got a little surplus) with a giant medical vacuum cleaner? Well, it’s doesn’t quite work like that, but it’s definitely on the right lines.

Liposuction – Is It For Me

Well, that kinda’ depends on a few details, like;

  • Have you got areas with excessive fat deposits which are out of proportion to the rest of you?
  • Are these fat deposits so stubborn that they just will not shift, no matter how much dieting and exercise you do? This type of fat is called “diet resistant fat” and now you know why!
  • Do these areas have only a small amount of excess skin, it’s important to remember that liposuction only tackles the fat, it can’t help with removing skin, your skin needs to have good elasticity for best results.
  • Liposuction works on many different areas of the body and is suitable for both male and female patients. Areas which can be successfully treated with liposuction include; stomach, hips, buttocks, saddlebags, love handles, calves, ankles, thighs, breasts, arms, neck, back – I think that just about covers everywhere really.

How Long Do The Effects of Liposuction Last

The results of liposuction should be very long lasting, just so long as you don’t go piling on the pounds or other lifestyle changes like getting old or pregnant. Okay, so we can’t stop the hands of time, but all I’m saying is that the ageing process could affect the long lasting results of your liposuction procedure, but not for a long time. Anyway, pregnancy does have obvious (and sometimes long lasting) affects on body shape, so that’s another thing which could affect the results of your liposuction procedure. If you’re planning on getting pregnant anytime soon, or other lifestyle changes be sure to discuss it with your plastic surgeon before undergoing the liposuction procedure. You also need to tell the plastic surgeon exactly what you wish to achieve from the liposuction process, saying you want to look like Jennifer Aniston just ain’t gonna’ cut it.

Bear in mind that the results of your lipectomy procedure cannot be accurately assessed for several months. The healing process is a gradual thing, but the small incisions which are made for the procedure to take place should also fade over the months until they are hardly visible at all.

Liposuction – How It Works

We’ve already spoken a little about how we imagine liposuction to work, and to be honest, it’s not far from the truth. The fat is removed through a hollow tube called a cannula, which is passed through the fatty tissue and then attached to a pump which acts as a vacuum to suck out the offending fat.  This type of liposuction procedure is called SAL – suction assisted liposuction. In some cases a motor is actually attached to the cannula which makes it vacillate backwards and forwards, this is called PAL – power assisted liposuction. In other cases an ultrasonic generator is used to produce sound waves to break down the fat cells, this fat is then removed by suction assisted liposuction. All methods of liposuction have advantages and disadvantages which should be discussed with your cosmetic surgeon.

The Risks of Liposuction

Liposuction procedures are a very common type of plastic surgery, and fortunately the number of people who suffer from significant complications are very small indeed. Most people don’t suffer any type of problem at all, although all types of surgery do carry some type of risk.

  • Hematoma – is where blood accumulates under the surface of the skin, sometimes this needs to be removed.
  • Infection – is a risk for any kind of surgery.
  • Scarring – is usually minimal and very faint in time.
  • Allergic reactions – can happen in all kinds of surgery.
  • Need for revisions – the results may not be exactly as you had envisaged them, just so long as your expectations are realistic.

The amount of time needed to recover from a liposuction procedure varies between patients. It’s really important that you follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon to the letter, particularly within the first few days after your surgical procedure.

  • Rest quietly for the first few days after your cosmetic surgery.
  • Elevate the body part if possible (that’s usually the advice given).
  • Don’t take any aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Make sure that you don’t wear any clothing which is too tight and restrictive.
  • You may experience some swelling and bruising for the first couple of days or so, but this should soon pass.
  • You’ll normally have any stitches removed within a week or so of your surgical procedure.
  • You should be able to resume your normal daily activities within around 10 days, but resist the temptation to strain, bend over or lift immediately after your surgical procedure.

Liposuction really can make a huge difference, I’m sure you’ll agree that some of these pictures are just amazing.

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