Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that removes fatty deposits from particular parts of the body, including the thighs, neck, arms, and more, using a suction approach. This procedure is unique in that it shapes these unsightly regions as well.
You may think that liposuction is a method used for losing weight. However, unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Diet and exercise or even bariatric procedures, are the best alternatives to lose weight, if you are overweight. Tummy tuck is another great alternative, if excess fat and skin is present specifically in the belly area. A tummy tuck procedure will help get rid of the extra fat and skin, producing a flatter, tighter profile in the abdominal region.
Why is a Liposuction Performed?
Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat from body parts that haven’t reacted to diet and exercise, including the:
- Upper arms
Additionally, it can be utilized for reduction of the breast or gynecomastia treatment.
Fat tissue expands in size and volume, as you gain weight. Liposuction surgery can help decrease the amount of fat deposits in particular areas of the body. The quantity of fat removed is determined by the aesthetics of the area as well as the amount of fat present. Along with a stable weight, the subsequent contour modifications are usually permanent.
The skin adapts to the changed shapes of the treated sections, following liposuction. The skin will appear flawless especially if your skin tone is amazing and your skin is supple. However, if you have thin skin, it will appear loose in those areas that have been treated.
Skin surface abnormalities, such as cellulite, are typically not improved with liposuction. Similarly, liposuction does not eliminate stretch marks.
Am I a Suitable Candidate?
If you have excess fat in particular areas of your body, but otherwise maintain a healthy weight, you are a suitable candidate for liposuction. Also, keep in mind that you must be free of problems, such as limited blood circulation, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or a weakened immune system.
Are There Any Risks?
Liposuction, like any major operation, has a number of risks involved including bleeding and anesthetic reaction. The following are some additional potential risks associated with liposuction:
Complications with the kidneys and the heart: Fluid level shifts as fluids are infused and drained out of the treated area and can result in potentially fatal heart, kidney, and lung disorders.
Fat entrapped in blood vessels: Broken pieces of released fat can get stuck in an artery and collect in the lungs or enter the brain. This is a life-threatening medical condition.
Puncture of an organ. An internal organ can be punctured by the cannula that enters too deeply. This may necessitate immediate surgical intervention.
Skin infection. This is typically uncommon, although it can happen. So, keep in mind that a life-threatening skin infection is possible.
Loss of sensation: In the treated area, you may have some numbness that can occur. This can last temporarily or permanently. Nerve discomfort is also possible.
Buildup of fluid. Seromas are temporary fluid pockets that grow beneath the skin. It’s possible that this fluid will have to be extracted with a needle.
Inconsistencies in the skin: Due to irregular elimination of fat, atypical healing, and lack of skin elasticity, your skin may look lumpy, uneven, or shriveled. These modifications could possibly be permanent. Damage to the skin caused by the thin cannula utilized during this procedure may leave the skin permanently spotted.
If the cosmetic surgeon is treating broader areas of your body or performing many surgeries simultaneously, the chance of problems increases. Consult your cosmetic surgeon about how these dangers may affect you.
What Kind of Results Should I Expect?
Swelling usually goes away within a couple of weeks after liposuction. The treated region will appear less dense. Anticipate a slimmer appearance in the treated site within a few months.
Although skin loses rigidity as it ages, the results of liposuction are usually long-lasting, if you maintain a healthy weight. Your fat distribution may vary, if you put on weight following liposuction. For instance, in spite of the areas that were addressed previously, fat may collect around your midsection.