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Why Liposuction?

Why Liposuction?

The decision to have liposuction should only be made in consultation with your plastic surgeon. However liposuction can treat a wide variety of issues including:
  • Post-pregnancy body
  • Benign fatty tumors (Lipomas)
  • Desire to reduce fat in difficult to target areas, like the chin, neck and face.
  • Fat metabolism issues in the body (Lipodystrophy)
  • Excessive sweating in the armpit area (Axillary Hyperhidrosis)
  • To spot reduce the size of certain body parts
  • Abdominal Etching to reveal six-pack abs, and get rid of a “beer belly”
  • Patient may work in a profession where a high level of physical perfection needs to be attained
  • You want to sculpt and shape your body into an ideal and realistic result

The end result of liposuction should be:
  • Causing the least amount of bruising and physical discomfort to the patients.
  • Minimally disturbing the neighboring tissue (blood vessels and connective tissue.)
  • Maintenance of the patient's proper fluid balance.
  • Removal of the right amount of fat.

The liposuction procedure involves:
  • Candidate and surgeon agreeing at the consultation, which area(s) are to be treated, and therefore declaring which incisions and type of procedure to be performed.
  • An antibiotic will be dispensed an hour prior to surgery to resist the threat of infection.
  • The body is marked for surgery while the candidate is standing, to outline the surgery roadmap. Before photos are usually taken at this point.
  • Betadine or another type of sterilizing solution is applied to the areas of the body prepped for surgery.
  • The anesthetic (whether it's local or general) is administered, and sometimes a sedative is given either orally or through IV injection.
  • Incisions, which are only 1/4 - 1/3 of an inch round are made on the body, depending on procedure, location of liposuction and patient.
  • An IV fluid line may be used for longer surgeries since the body's fluid levels must be intact for patients.
  • The patient usually reports feeling a 'scratching' or scraping sensation from the movement of the cannula.
  • This is usually a same-day procedure, allowing the patient to leave, especially if they did not receive general anesthesia.

What Liposuction is and isn’t

What Liposuction is...

  • Becoming one of the most popular cosmetic surgery in America. The ASPS reports that 198,000 people received liposuction in 2009; there were also 115,000 people who received tummy tuck surgery last year, ranking the two procedures in 2009‘s top five cosmetic surgery procedures.
  • Most consider it to be surgery, since there is anesthesia and usually a hospital or an operating room involved. It also has a significant post-
  • operative period where you are heavily involved in your daily healing.
  • Body sculpting at it's best. You can pick and choose which areas to treat. Your gluteus maximus (buttocks) can appear tighter, calf muscles a bit more defined or your abdominal area flatter.
  • A way for you to fight the fat in areas like your neck and chin, back and arms, tummy area, flanks (back and sides) and lower body.

What Liposuction is not...

  • A diet. You will still have to watch what you eat and the amount of food in your diet. This procedure merely balances the fat distribution in your body by removing it in problem/storage areas.
  • You will never get rid of all your fat cells. And if you gain the weight back, it will return to the treated areas if the weight is significant enough.
  • It is not a cure-all for the cellulite that plagues a high majority of women.
  • It will not fight obesity.
  • An immediate image-fixer. That's right! Liposuction may not fulfill your emotional desires of 'looking perfect' or curing all of your issues, so it's imperative to have realistic physical goals to help you reach your potential.

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