While many of us dream of achieving a flawless hourglass figure, some undergo liposuction hoping that this will help them achieve their goals. Also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, liposuction aims to remove the fat deposits in order to either reshape or reduce various areas of the body. However, patients must understand that liposuction does not cure obesity, neither is it a long-term substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Moreover, just like any other invasive procedure, liposuction does carry the risk for side effects and complications.
What Are The Different Types Of Liposuction Available At The Moment?
There are many different types of liposuction that vary from the least invasive ones to the most invasive. For instance, the laser liposuction (also known as “Smart Lipo”) is safer and easier as opposed to other types, given the fact that the fat removal is done with minimal bruising. On the other hand, tumescent liposuction is slightly more aggressive, while the ultrasonic liposuction is used to simply liquefy the fat by using ultra sonic waves, and then removing it – the latter is recommended mainly for larger volumes of fat. The power assisted liposuction, on the other hand, is another commonly used technique that involves the use of a surgical device to remove fat without causing excessive bleeding or scarring.
When Is Liposuction Recommended?
Even though obesity is usually triggered by the lack of exercise combined with unhealthy, high-fat diets, in some cases it has a genetic component that cannot be addressed so easily. When that happens, some people simply do not manage to lose weight no matter how hard they struggle, and liposuction is indeed recommended to help them lose weight.
Some patients are more suitable for the procedure than others: ideally, the patient should have a healthy weight and an elastic skin, they must be physically and psychologically healthy and they must have realistic expectations. Also, they must understand that liposuction is a purely aesthetic procedure and it does not improve one’s health in any way, nor does it lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and other life-threatening conditions associated with obesity.
Generally speaking, if you have fat bulges, an abnormal and unaesthetic chin line or the bothersome love handles, then you are a good candidate for liposuction. This procedure can also reduce the abnormal fat deposits that are located on the inner thighs of some women, thus improving the intimate life. Overall, this procedure is recommended to those who have tried all the weight loss alternatives available and none of them paid off for them – in this case, the liposuction is justified.
In some cases, the liposuction is combined with another cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast reduction, facelift or even abdominoplasty. Liposuction is recommended in case of lipodystrophy (a condition where the metabolism of fat in the body is affected), hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpit – in this case, liposuction can treat this condition), gynecomastia (enlargement of the male breasts) as well as lipomas, the latter being benign fatty tumors that are removed mainly for aesthetic purposes.
Who Should Avoid Liposuction?
Nowadays, many people choose to get a liposuction simply because they do not have the time nor the desire to workout or to make some small dietary changes – in this case, liposuction is not indicated given the fact that all the lost fat may bounce back within a short period of time. This is why patients are advised to try eating a healthier, low-fat diet, to exercise on a regular basis as well as to try different massage techniques that may help them improve their overall body shape.
Also, it is important to understand that liposuction is not an appropriate treatment for cellulite or for excess skin – if you suffer from excess skin, then your surgeon will recommend you to get a tummy tuck rather than a liposuction. Moreover, certain areas of the body are not eligible for liposuction, given the fact that traumatizing the tissue in those areas can dramatically increase the risk for cancer: for instance, fat around the breast areas should not be removed, given the highly sensitive tissue that surrounds it.
To conclude, patients are always advised to try other non-invasive procedures that may help them lose weight before resorting to liposuction because, as mentioned above, this is not a cure for obesity and a chaotic lifestyle may lead to weight gain in the future.