LiposuctionLiposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from various parts of the body. The procedure is most commonly performed on the neck, chin, back of the arms, abdomen, buttocks and thighs. It is a serious medical procedure that should only be performed by certified plastic surgeons in order to achieve the best results. There are two main techniques used to perform this surgery: ultrasound-assisted liposuction and tumescent liposuction.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasound technology to remove fat. An ultrasonic device turns the fat into liquid. Once this happens, the fat is "drained" from the body.

Tumescent liposuction is the most common technique used. The plastic surgeon will inject the fat to be removed with a saline solution. The surgeon will then make a series of small cuts around the injected areas and use a suction pump device to remove the fat from the body.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for this Procedure?

The ideal candidate for this procedure is a person who has realistic expectations. An individual who is obese, or even moderately overweight, shouldn't expect to be thin after the procedure is performed. The patient should have a clear understanding that dramatic results can't be achieved in a single session. The individual also needs to be in good overall health. This is a serious medical procedure, and the individual will need strength to recover. Also, people who have cellulite are not good candidates for liposuction because skin irregularities can develop in the areas where the fat was removed.

What is the Recovery Period Like?

It is usually an outpatient procedure that allows you to go home on the same day that the surgery is performed. Typically, patients can return to work in a few days and return back to normal life in just two short weeks. It is not uncommon to have bruising, soreness and swelling around the incision areas that may last beyond the recovery period. Depending on the part of the body that you had the fat removed from, your surgeon may recommend that you wear a protective surgical garment until you have fully healed. It's important to remember that the recovery process will be different for every person. Paying attention to your body and scheduling all necessary follow-up appointments is essential for a proper recovery.

What are the Risks?

As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. Fortunately, liposuction has a great track record of success. There are only minimal potential risks when you ensure that your procedure has been performed by a certified and trained professional. Infections and skin discoloration are two of the most common risks involved. Close observation by your physician can reduce your risk of developing these conditions.

Will my Results Last Forever?

Liposuction performed by plastic surgeons can deliver amazing results, however, the amount of time these results last is determined by the patient. After the procedure has been performed, how long the results last will depend on how much of an effort is being made by the patient. If you had poor eating and exercise habits before the surgery, and don't work to correct them, eventually those pockets of fat will re-develop. Should you work diligently to change the way you eat and exercise, you'll have longer lasting benefits.


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Posted on: 31.05.2013 07:28

Great article. I found out some new things regarding this procedure. I'm thinking to go for a liposuction in Toronto by Dr. Jerome Edelstein, because I want to get rid of the fat from my hips and waist and a friend recommended this. I'm sure that I will be satisfied with my results.


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