Liposuction

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is the miracle of the medical science which has turned the long awaited dreams of men and women into reality.

During liposuction, fat is removed from the body with help of suction by using blunt-tipped tubes (cannulas) which are inserted into the problem area through tiny cuts in the skin. Fat is suctioned out through these tubes as the surgeon moves the tubes around under the skin to target specific fat deposits

Liposuction is commonly used to remove stubborn, diet and exercise resistant fat deposits and to sculpt the body into a slimmer profile. Liposuction is ideal for oversized hips, buttocks, thighs, abdomen and love handles as well as fat deposits on arms, calves, Knees, above the breasts and under the chin.

Is liposuction a good way to lose weight?

Liposuction is not a good method for weight loss. Not only is it less effective for people who are obese, but also the results would be less than ideal, and there are increased risks for the significantly overweight person. The best candidates are those who have attained their correct body weight, and yet still have one or more difficult areas which do not respond to further weight loss or exercise.

Because fat is lighter than water, a large volume of fat does not account for as much weight as one might think. But that would make a significant difference in contour and in measurements, yet the weight removed would be less.

Will liposuction tighten up loose skin?

Liposuction does not accomplish very much skin tightening on its own. In fact, sometimes, removal of the underlying fat can even make loose skin more apparent. If loose skin is already a problem, liposuction may not be the best solution for the person. In this case, We may consider a face lift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or thigh lift.

What areas of the body can be treated with liposculpture?

Almost all areas where there is excess fat. Face (to assist in facelifts), goose neck or double chin, upper arms, breasts (men and women), abdomen (upper and lower), flanks (love handles), hips, thighs (inner and outer), knees, calves and ankles.

Will the fat come back?

After puberty we have a fixed number of fat cells (they increase in size when we put on weight and conversely shrink when we lose it) When fat cells are removed through liposculpture we used to think that they cannot return. We now know that fat cell numbers are able to increase again with sustained calorie excess. Initially if you have liposclpture of your abdomen and you eat too much you will store fat in other areas, commonly upper arms and breast. If calorie excess is maintained then one may again deposit excess fat in the liposculpture area, ie the abdomen area.

What are the limitations of Liposuction?

The main limitation of the procedure is that if the skin quality is poor and lacks elasticity, once the underlying fat is sucked out if the skin, it cannot retract to take up the slack, the skin may hang in an ugly redundant fold.

Another limitation is judging the exact amount of fat to remove. If too little fat is removed, the bulge will remain (though will obviously be smaller). If too much fat is taken, a permanent dent will remain. It is fairly simple to go back and take a little more fat away, but much harder to put fat back in. For this reason I usually err on the side of caution and would much rather leave a little too much fat in than take too much away.

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