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Liposuction and You

Jun 9, 2008
Plastic surgery is everywhere - in magazines, on the news and on many different television makeover shows. Among the many different procedures that seem to be performed with much regularity are breast augmentation, facelifts and the biggest and most popular of them all, liposuction.

Liposuction is just what it sounds like - the removal of fat (lipo comes from the Latin lipid for fat) by suction. The procedure is done by a plastic surgeon, usually in a surgery center or a hospital, and it is considered a relatively major procedure. Most patients require general anesthesia for the surgery.

The standard surgery itself is gruesome, although not scarring to the individual who receives the surgery. Small cuts are made in the skin of the area where the fat is to be removed. Cannulas, the instruments that will suck out the fat are inserted, as are injections of saline and anesthetic solutions.

The head of the cannula is moved around under the skin within the fat layer, lubricated by the saline and anesthetic, to scrape away some fat cells, which are sucked up by the cannula itself. They are then taken out of the body. Most patients can expect to lose up to the maximum of 10 pounds of fat.

Other types of liposuction are being developed right now, including laser assisted liposuction - and they are already in use in some places throughout the United States. For now, patients are just bandaged up very tightly and sent home, hoping that dents and rippling won't occur as side effects.

Liposuction is not a good alternative to weight loss programs such as diet and exercise, and in fact, most doctors won't even work on patients that are overweight and expecting to lose a lot of weight through this process. Liposuction is just meant to work on problem areas of the body.

Men who get liposuction tend to get theirs done on their flank areas, or on their abdomen areas, while women also get their tummies done, but then get their thighs worked on. There are, of course, other areas where liposuction can be used to great effect, but it cannot make skin tighter or firmer.

Doctors can refuse to perform a liposuction procedure on any patient, but they are more likely to refuse to perform one on someone who smokes, or a patient who is under the age of 18. Also, conditions like diabetes will usually disqualify you for being able to have a liposuction procedure performed.

While liposuction seems like the easy way out to lose weight, it is not the answer for most people. Not much weight can be lost through a liposuction procedure, so it is often best to keep up with a diet and exercise regime, and leave liposuction to those who have just one or two problem areas.
About the Author
Aazdak Alisimo writes about plastic surgery issues for PlasticSurgeonPractices.com, where you can locate a plastic surgeon in your city.
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