Liposuction

August 29, 2008

Liposuction…when is it beneficial

Every technology is both a boon as well as a curse. It all depends on the usage. When the right applications are explored and the technology is used in the right way, you have a boon. However on other occasions if the technology is exploited in areas which are not indicated for the application, it may become a curse. Liposuction is one such technology. This is the scientific technique which removes the lipid deposits in terms of fats stored below the tissues and organs of the body. These deposits are removed by a simple surgical procedure.

Liposuction has a myriad of view in public based on the experiences of different patients. The most important factor which needs to be discussed is the wrong use of liposuction to slim down and fight obesity. On account of laziness and low determination, many people are succumbing to liposuction to reduce their body weight. This is the biggest misfortune. Imagine a pineapple which wants to reduce to the size of a grape. Is this tremendous reduction in body size possible by inserting needles and mechanical reduction of mass of the pineapple. If this would be the case, ruptures, breakage of mass o the pineapple and malformations would result. Also, any radical change when done drastically results in many complications. On the other hand, slow changes are better adapted to by the body and if these changes avoid any foreign particle or invasion, the results can be extraordinary. Similarly, if an obese person increases his metabolic rate and eats the right kind of food, the weight loss is the best of its kind, it might be slow but it is healthy and permanent. On the other hand, if liposuction is used for faster results, bleeding, tissue breakage, sagging and pigmentation may result in further worsening the problem of obesity. Hence, liposuction is surely not a substitute for exercise and diet management in weight loss.

What is the right application of liposuction?

Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness.

Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image.

Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

In some cases, liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a face lift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.

When should liposuction be used?

Ideal candidates for liposuction are:

  • Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring

How is liposuction carried out?

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.

Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions.

First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion.

The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

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