What is Liposuction?

One of the best ways to get the body you have always wanted is to exercise or use a diet in conjunction with a rigorous workout routine. By losing some weight and working on specific areas of the body, it is possible to achieve your ideal body shape and look. However, there are some areas of the body that give a lot of people a lot of problems. These include the chin or the belly where a lot of people have difficulty losing fat. In such cases, liposuction can help.

Liposuction: An Overview

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes fat from areas of the body that you otherwise cannot through diet and exercise. Some areas people want their plastic surgeons to focus on include the buttocks, belly, arms, hips, under the chin, thighs, and the face. 

The goal of getting liposuction is to remove fat from problematic and other areas to reshape and redefine the body’s contours. 

A common mistake people make is using liposuction as a weight-loss option. Liposuction is not meant to be a weight-loss option but instead a tool to help reshape and contour the body. Liposuction removes about 10 pounds of fat from the body, which means it cannot help you lose more weight than that.

Who Can Get Liposuction?

Liposuction provides the most benefit to those who are within 30% of their ideal weight but who have localized fat deposits that they have problems getting rid of using diet and exercise.

If you want to get liposuction, you need to be in good health (so you can heal faster and easier), be a non-smoker, and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Additionally, you should have good to excellent skin elasticity and muscle tone. Both of these will make the procedure and the healing a lot smoother.

If you have lost a lot of weight and have a lot of loose skin, getting liposuction might make things worse, so try to avoid the procedure.

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction takes one to two hours. During the procedure, fat cells are permanently removed from the body.

Before the procedure, the doctor will administer local anesthesia. This will numb the area of operation to ensure you do not feel any pain during the procedure. If the doctor needs to work on a larger area, they might opt to give you general anesthesia. This will make you unconscious for the procedure.

One thing to note is that whether you are conscious or not, you will not feel pain during the procedure.

Next, the doctor will inject a mixture of saline, a numbing medication, and a medication that reduces bleeding. This mixture helps the fat and skin separate from structures such as blood vessels and muscles, so they are not damaged during the procedure.

Next, the doctor will insert a long metal instrument (cannula) under the skin. The cannula is used to suction out the fat. For a smoother contour, a surgeon might decide to use a smaller cannula to work on smaller areas.

Once the fat is removed from the problematic areas, it can be injected into other parts of the body such as the face, buttocks, and breasts.

After the Procedure

Once the procedure is done, you might be allowed to go home if the surgeon worked on a small area that did not require that you go under. However, if you want a lot of fat removed or have to go under general anesthesia, it is always a good idea to have the procedure done at a hospital so you can stay overnight.

In most cases, you will be given a compression garment after the procedure. This garment helps control swelling in areas that have been treated, helps prevent the buildup of fluid in these areas, and gives your skin time to conform to your new body shape and size.

You will feel some soreness in the areas that have been treated but this should go away in 2 to 3 days. Although some pain is normal at the site of the cannula insertion, do talk to your surgeon if painkillers do not help or if your pain gets worse.

Are There Any Complications You Should Be Worried About?

Liposuction is still cosmetic surgery so there will always be some risks associated with it. However, many of the risks associated with the procedure can be minimized by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon to do the procedure. 

That said, some possible risks you should be aware of include complications associated with anesthesia, fat embolisms, reactions to lidocaine, numbness and skin sensitivity, fluid accumulation, bleeding, infections, and burns from the instruments used.

Liposuction is an amazing procedure that can help you get the body shape you have always wanted. Although it can help you shed a few pounds, liposuction is not a weight-loss tool and should not be used as such. Also, choose a board-certified surgeon to do the procedure to not only get amazing results but also avoid complications associated with the procedure.