Liposuction is a type of surgery specifically created for the removal of excess fat deposits. This results in an improvement in the overall shape of the individual’s body. The majority of people associate this procedure strictly as a means of eliminating fat. Although this is true, the procedure also helps the individual refine the shape of their body. Numerous cosmetic surgeons frequently use this procedure in conjunction with other treatments to improve their results. There is no other technique currently available capable of providing the highly detailed improvements in the contour of the body possible with this technique. This is a surgical procedure most commonly performed to eliminate fat in specific areas of the body through the use of suction.
The procedure involves the use of a cannula. This is a thin, small tube equipped with a blunted tip. The cannula is inserted by the surgeon through small incisions previously made in the skin of the patient. These tubes enable the fat to be suctioned out of the targeted areas. The fat deposits located beneath the skin are targeted by the surgeon. This procedure can be performed using one of the more traditional methods or be assisted with the use of either a laser or an ultrasound. These devices assist in liquefying the fat prior to being removed through suctioning. This is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure for both women and men. The popularity of this technique is still growing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding this procedure.
It is important to note the purpose of liposuction is not the removal of cellulite or a reduction in body weight for the treatment of obesity. The procedure was designed to reshape and contour specific areas of the body. The areas most often targeted are those not responding well to a good exercise routine and a healthy and balanced diet. The majority of individuals who decide to have this surgery have already tried to lose the excess fat with exercise and diet and have failed. This surgery is not meant to be an alternative to losing weight. This being said, the procedure is extremely effective and does result in the loss of both excess fat and weight.
The most common areas for this procedure include the inner and outer thighs, abdomen, neck, buttocks, calves, back, and arms. The cannula operates in conjunction with a high pressure vacuum. This enables the cannula to suction out the excess fat. This procedure has become the most often performed cosmetic surgery within the United States. Every year, in excess of 300,000 procedures are performed. There are some important facts any individual considering having this surgery should know. Local anesthesia is used with the tumescent technique during the operation at My Cosmetic Clinic. The effects of the surgery are subtler and not meant to be used as a means of losing weight. This procedure is also used for the treatment of specific medical conditions.
There are a lot of different practices offering this procedure due to its popularity. It is important to understand this surgery requires skill. Safety is also an important consideration. It is important to ask the surgeon questions regarding their experience, how many times they have performed this surgery and to request before and after photographs to ensure they can provide the results you hope to achieve. You should ask if the surgeon has ever performed the procedure for individuals concerned with the same areas you intend to target. You can also ask them the total number of surgeries they have completed.
You should also make certain your operation will be performed in an accredited surgery center. A good surgeon must be creative. This procedure requires the surgeon to use their style and skills to sculpt your body. It is important to make sure you like the style of the surgeon. The best way to accomplish this is by looking for individuals with the same type of body in the before and after photographs. The chances are good if you like the way these individuals looked after the procedure, you will enjoy the way you will appear as well.
Every year both women and men have this procedure. The ultimate goal for each individual is always slightly different. Some women want to look good when they put on a swimsuit, some want a more comfortable and attractive fit when wearing jeans. Numerous men have had this surgery for the treatment of gynecomastia. You can also achieve better results with another procedure when it is combined with lipo. The best candidates include:
- Individuals with excess deposits of fat on the abdomen, thighs, hips, chest, and neck that is not responding to exercise and diet.
- The reduction of bulges of fat to provide the body with more natural and striking contours.
- Individuals with areas not in proportion to the rest of the body. Eliminating excess fat in certain areas can create a better overall balance with the rest of the body.
- Individuals with a good elasticity to their skin. The skin must have enough elasticity to be able to contract to the new contours of the body.
- Individuals close to or at their ideal body weight. This procedure will decrease the localized deposits of fat. The majority of patients have been satisfied with their weight prior to having this procedure.
It is very important to keep your expectations for this procedure realistic. If any of the above descriptions sound familiar, you may be an excellent candidate for liposuction. Our surgeon will make recommendations for the options most suited for your ultimate goals. If your main concern is sagging skin, this procedure will not significantly tighten your skin or improve the appearance. Your best course of action is to inquire about other procedures better suited to your circumstances. If your goal is to lose a lot of weight, the procedure will help you appear more fit and thinner because it should improve your overall shape. This being said, this is not a tool for weight loss. Although some individuals with excess weight have been happy with their results, the best candidates are already at or near their ideal weight.
The Different Types of Liposuction
There are a wide variety of techniques currently available for this procedure. Which one is used is dependent on many different factors including the surgeon. The biggest difference in these techniques are the technologies used for the removal of the excess fat. Each type of technology has unique benefits. This means certain techniques will be favored by different surgeons. This is dependent on each individual surgery. The best results are achieved when the surgeon is both experienced and skillful. The most common types of lipo include:
- Tumescent lipo is when an anesthetic or tumescent solution is injected by the surgeon into the targeted area. This helps ensure the individual remains comfortable during the procedure. Depending on the needs of the individual, sometimes a local anesthetic is used for tumescent lipo. This is the technique we use at My Cosmetic Clinic.
- Ultrasound assisted lipo is a technique incorporating ultrasound energy to break apart and loosen fatty tissues. This technique is also called Vaser Liopselection.
- Laser assisted lipo is usually referred to according to the brand such as Slimlipo or Smartlipo. Laser energy is used during this technique to dislodge the cells of fat.
- Power assisted lipo is similar to suction assisted but requires a special tool to enhance the cannula’s motion while the fat is being removed.
This is a safe, outpatient procedure using either local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or local anesthesia. This depends on the specifics of each procedure. The anesthesia method best for your specific needs will be recommended by the surgeon. The incision or incisions made by the surgeon during the procedure are small and close to the targeted area. These incisions are used to insert the cannula so the excess fat underneath your skin can be loosened. The fat is then suctioned out of your body. The length of time required depends on how many areas you are having treated. In most cases, the procedure requires between one to three hours. The techniques currently being used are much more advanced than those of the past due to the advancements in technology.
Most individuals recover from the surgery quickly. A lot of patients have gone back to work within just a few days. This is dependent on the extent of the procedure, the type of job and the physical requirements. You may be given a compression garment by our surgeon and told to wear it for a couple of weeks after the procedure. This garment will help optimize your skin contractions. Any scarring must be cared for according to the instructions of the surgeon. This will enable the scars to fade significantly as time passes.
The fat cells removed from your body during the procedure are not going to grow back. It is very important you keep your weight stable to make certain you retain your new appearance. If you gain a lot of weight as time passes, you will see changes in the appearance of your body. This is because excess fat will be stored by your body in different areas. This procedure is safe and effective for improving your body shape. The best possible way to determine if this procedure is right for your needs is to consult with our cosmetic surgeon.
The Benefits of Liposuction
The reason lipo has become so popular is because of the many benefits provided by the surgery. The cells of fat are actually removed from your body as opposed to being reduced through a combination of diet and exercise. Not only will this change the composition of your body, you will have some resistance to gaining weight. Not only does this surgery remove fat, it also removes lipomas. This is a specific kind of fatty tumor. In most cases, this type of tumor is completely harmless. The issue is they can be annoying. This is why so many people have them removed. Lipo can also help anyone impacted by a condition referred to as gynecomastia. This results in the development of fatty breast tissue in men. Numerous men are embarrassed by this condition. Lipo is one of the most effective and fastest treatments available.
Another condition treated by this procedure is called lipodystrophy syndrome. There are people with an extreme distribution of fat. When excessive fat is present in certain areas but not in others, the result can be a disturbed metabolism. This has been known to cause hypertriglyceridemia or insulin resistance. Most individuals remain unaware this treatment provides medical benefits as well as cosmetic. Some understanding these benefits has pushed the popularity of this surgery even further.
One of the main benefits of this procedure is cosmetic, contouring and reshaping the body. The additional benefits include:
- Long-lasting results providing the individual does not gain a lot of weight
- Improving the overall appearance of the body
- Contouring the body to provide a more pleasing shape
- The correction of abnormalities related to weight loss such as excess skin
- The procedure offers immediate results with very little downtime
- The use of anesthesia makes the procedure painless
- The surgery often leads to better habits including exercising and eating healthy
- The procedure corrects abnormalities and imbalances in the body
- The surgery eliminates pockets of fat not responding to diet and exercise
- The procedure is both safe and effective
- Fat is reduced permanently
- Many individuals see a rise in their level of self-confidence
- Clothing fits better
The very first time in history fat was removed from the body using suction was during the 1920’s. The procedure was performed by Charles Dujarier, a French surgeon. The development of the techniques currently being used for this procedure were attributed to a man and his son. Giorgio and Arpad Fischer were the Italian gynecologists responsible for inventing the cannula in 1974. This surgical instrument was both hollow and blunt. This enabled the doctors to create tunnels using this instrument between the body’s major blood vessels. The fat was suctioned away at the same time. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons did not become involved until 1997. This was when they gave ultrasonic liposuction their unprecedented support.
This led to the development of a series of courses created to instruct and educate their members regarding the correct ways to use this new technology. This was when the method became so popular with the majority of plastic surgeons. Although the circumstances changed as time passed, the procedure was initially rejected by most of the dermatologists. Many individuals did not believe this technology could be used for anything other than traditional liposuction. This theory was proved wrong when (PAL) Power-assisted lipoplasty was approved in 1998 for general use. This procedure used a specialized cannula capable of pulsing and suctioning at the same time. Although this is not one of the most commonly used techniques, numerous cosmetic surgeons believe this procedure has undiscovered potential for the future.
If you are interested in having liposuction, the educated staff at My Cosmetic Clinic would be more than happy to answer your questions regarding the procedure we offer. Founded by Dr. Ansari, we have nine different locations, including Balmain, Baulkham Hills, Botany, Crows Nest, Erina, Frenchs Forest, Newcastle, Nowra, and Wollongong. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!