What is Liposuction?
When you’re in bad shape, exercise and diet are the only real options to you to get healthy again. But being healthy doesn’t always equate with looking good. This is where the problem arises. Even when you finally, after weeks or even months of effort, drop down to your goal weight, sometimes you don’t look like you thought you would. This is because not all of the fat can simply be burned off. For those stubborn pockets of fat that no combination of exercise can seem to budge, liposuction may be the answer. Liposuction is, simply speaking, a surgical fat removal process that is extremely useful to remove fat deposits in small areas of the body.
Liposuction can work for anyone, but it works best for small deposits of fat with not too much excess skin overlying the area. Liposuction, again, works for anyone, but with the larger deposits of fat the excess skin left behind may pose a cosmetic problem. This is why it is best recommended for people up to 20-25 pounds overweight. If people are slightly above this limit, they may be advised to lose some weight to get down to more operable level.
So how is liposuction done? Under anesthesia, small incisions are made over and around the areas that need to be sculpted, and through these incisions, blunt tubes are inserted to ‘draw’ the fat out. A suction process is used, but the technique applied varies with the subtype of the procedure being applied. Some of the most commonly used ones are listed below:
Laser Assisted Liposuction
LAL makes use of a laser which is emitted not unlike an ultrasound scan except that it is used to accelerate the fat cells breakdown and elimination.
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction
UAL is generally used for people who have larger areas of fat deposition to be worked on, because the ultrasound mediated approach causes larger amounts of ‘melted’ fat from the body, which is then eliminated by suction.
is a form of ultrasound assisted liposuction that uses a modified ‘tube’. It is a thin cannula with several emitters embedded in it, so that ultrasound waves are distributed evenly over the entire application area. Again, it works very well with larger areas because this method of even fat removal has shown improved results.
Suction Assisted Liposuction
SAL is the most commonly used method. A vacuum tube is used to clear the fat deposits away. Sometimes, this procedure is sped up by using a power source to facilitate the suction, a process called Power Assisted Liposuction.
is a slightly more detailed process. Before the fat is drawn out, certain medications are injected into the area being worked on at strategic points, to reduce the size and flow of the blood vessels in that area. It is a relatively painless procedure because an anesthetic is also injected in, and because of the minimized loss of blood and reduced number of open or eroded blood vessels, the recovery period is also faster.
is a relatively new process that puts together three processes- separation, aspiration and fat equalization. The last step is what gives such excellent results with SAFElipo, because the remaining in layer of fat is smoothed out over the surface of the treatment area.
The type of recommended procedure is decided by the doctor based upon the patient’s needs. All types of liposuction come with minimal scarring, with very small scars that fade over time. Surgeons also use incisions in body creases and over unnoticeable areas so that the scars will not be as visible even while they fade.
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