Liposuction is a way to correct the body contours, during which excess fat deposits are removed from its individual sections. Any surgeon will confirm that this particular operation remains one of the most popular from year to year around the world. And new, minimally invasive methods allow you to carry it out almost everywhere, even on the face, and with minimal damage and consequences for the body.
What changes to expect and what you should not hope for?
Each of women has so-called “fat traps” on the body – local subcutaneous deposits, which are almost impossible to remove with the help of diets and physical exertion. Usually, they are formed in the lower abdomen, on the sides, in the booties, on the knees or in the neck-chin part. Such deposits can appear almost anywhere – even on the face, in the form of overly plump cheeks or bulky jowls.
You can get rid of such “difficult to remove” fat and give your body a perfectly attractive shape with the help of liposuction. There are also theories that the level of cholesterol in the blood decreases after this procedure. As a result, the risk of heart attacks and diabetes decreases, as well. Thus, the main result that patients will receive is aesthetic.
However, there are many misconceptions why this operation should be performed. Let Confidence Cosmetic surgery center examine the main ones:
- lose weight. Liposuction is not a way to lose weight quickly and effortlessly. It will not be possible to get rid of 15 or 10 extra kilos at once, a relatively safe limit is 5 extra kilos. Moreover, it is directly contraindicated for people suffering from obesity. And the best results are obtained by patients with a weight that is not very different from normal.
- tighten sagged skin. Usually, everything happens exactly in the opposite way. After removing some of the fat deposits, extra skin becomes even more noticeable. If there is really a lot of sagged skin, the problem can be solved only with the help of uplifting. Most of the following operations: abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, buttocks lifting can be combined with liposuction, eventually involving only anesthesia and a recovery period.
- remove stretches. Stretch marks are a special type of scars. They are located in the upper layers of the skin and fat pumping will not affect their condition and appearance. The situation can be changed either through the complete excision within the framework of the same abdominoplasty – or with the help of courses of cosmetic procedures, such as laser resurfacing or mesotherapy.
- get rid of cellulite. “Orange peel” is formed due to two main factors: dense connective tissue fibers, which pull the skin down and fatty cells, which push it up. The latter can indeed be removed with the help of liposuction, but it is powerless against the first one mentioned. As a result, in some cases, especially if the skin is not very elastic and prone to sagging, cellulite on the thighs and butties after surgery will become even more noticeable.
- a perfectly flat belly. Only fat located between the skin and muscle tissue can be pumped out. Sometimes, this will be enough. But, unfortunately, for many people, the “belly” is noticeable for another reason – because of the layer between the muscles and internal organs. It is known as visceral fat. It is impossible to remove it operatively, but it is much better than subcutaneous, it reacts to diets and physical exercises.
What are the types of liposuction and how are they performed?
At present, the vacuum operation, in which the surgeon works literally by hand, is practically not performed due to the emergence of many safer and more effective alternatives. Modern variants differ in the degree of invasiveness and the type of energy used to destroy adipose tissue.
They can be divided into two main groups:
- surgical – traumatic, with the inevitable anesthesia and rehabilitation period. They are the most effective: you can remove up to 5-6 liters of fat for 1 procedure.
- non-surgical – are much easier tolerated by the patient. Sometimes they can be performed under local anesthesia, do not require a long recovery. You will need a course of 10-15 sessions to get a stable and noticeable result. The final effect will not be as impressive as in the previous case.
How is surgical liposuction conducted?
After the anesthetic starts acting, the surgeon starts working. First of all, it will make several small insections on those parts of the body or face, from which it is necessary to remove excess fat. Typically, their length does not exceed a couple of cm – just enough to allow a cannula to be inserted under the skin.
The further procedure will depend on the type of operation. One of the ways (mechanically, laser, water pressure, etc.) destroys fat cells, and the products of their decay, along with the inevitable impurities – blood and other body fluids – are excreted by means of surgeon cannula pumps. The larger the target area, the longer this process will take, on average, the operation lasts from 30 minutes to 1.5-2 hours.
Then all the incisions are stitched you up. Moreover, sometimes, it is possible to avoid them: if the wounds are not too large, they will fuse without any problems. Moreover, in this case, the inevitable postoperative hematomas and puffiness will not be so severe.