What you need to know about liposuction

The presence of heavy deposits of fat in the midsection and elsewhere can be really unappealing from an aesthetic standpoint. Many people seek to alter their appearance by removing some of the fat present in their bodies, and to that end, liposuction is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery performed. In this article, we'll explore exactly what goes on in a liposuction procedure and let you know some details about the operation so that you can better understand exactly how it works.

Liposuction is a great surgical method for removing deposits of fat all over the body. Some common places that people seek liposuction surgery include the abs, the hips, the buttocks, thighs, arms, chin, and neck. There are actually many different techniques of liposuction that are employed to treat specific areas of the body. Those who seek liposuction are often those who are relatively normal in body size and have deposits of fat in certain areas exclusively. Diabetics and those with heart disease or lung disease are generally recommended to avoid liposuction. It is a procedure that can be performed in a surgeon's office facility in certain cases, but it is also performed in hospitals. When the liposuction procedure is relatively small it is usually an outpatient procedure. For larger size liposuctions, an overnight stay in a hospital bed may be required. The procedure is generally performed under local anesthesia, numbing the area that the surgery is focusing on. For larger liposuctions, general anesthesia may be used to sedate the patient.

The procedure itself generally begins with a small incision being made on the area where the liposuction is being performed. A tube is inserted into the incision and a vacuum-like machine works to suck the fat from the layer present in the area. This is the basic method for which liposuction has been performed for years. There are some innovations that have come into the procedure, however, which can aid the physician in performing it quickly and effectively. One of these methods involves fluid injection. Before sucking the fat out of the area, the surgeon will inject the patient with a type of fluid that works as an anesthetic and helps to contract blood vessels. This helps the fat to break away easier and it reduces the amount of blood loss that a patient experiences when undergoing the procedure. Another method of some use to plastic surgeons is the Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty, in which a surgeon uses ultra-sonic energy in order to liquefy the fat present in the area, allowing it to be much easier to remove.

After the procedure is performed, recovery may take a little while. To keep swelling down and to aid your skin in tightening back up around the affected area, you will probably be asked to wear tight clothing on the area. After a week to ten days, the stitches where the incision was made will either dissolve or be removed by the doctor performing the surgery. After four to six weeks, most of the swelling will have gone away and you should be able to get a basic idea of the final result of the surgery.

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