Liposuction: perfect for getting rid of small areas of resilient fat

Today I’d like to discuss exactly what liposuction is and how it differs from the tummy tuck since most people tend to mix up the two. The procedure is normally done on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.  During liposuction tubes are inserted into the body through incisions and the fat is then sucked out. It will normally cost between 2000 $ and 4000 $.

This procedure is ideal for removing stubborn fat that just won’t go away with diet and exercise. Do not expect a huge weight loss from this as the patients are expected to be in good shape as it is. People with a lot of excess fat and loose skin should look elsewhere as lipo can’t help with completely reshaping the body. It’s also unable of removing cellulite. For such procedures, where a patient has a large amount of tissue that needs to be removed, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is the better alternative.

How will the procedure look like?

First, the surgeon will mark the areas of the body that he will need to attend to. Depending on the individual patient, they will be put either under general or local anesthesia. After the patient is properly sedated small incisions will be made in the natural body creases to assure the scars be as discrete as possible.  When more areas are being covered, multiple incisions are made for the separate areas. Through these incisions, small hollow tubes are inserted. The surgeon then moves the tubes around to loosen the fat which is then suctioned through the tube. Incisions are then closed with stitches.

What about the recovery time and aftercare?

If the procedure had gone according to plan the patient is free to leave the hospital within a few hours. While exercise is prohibited for the next three weeks, most patients can return to non-strenuous work after 2-3 days. Bruising, soreness, and swelling are expected in the weeks after the procedure, the patient might even have to wear a compressive garment to control the swelling. The incisions shouldn’t be subjects to force or excessive motion during the healing period.

What to expect from the surgery?

As with any surgery, there are risks involved as well.  Although rare, risks include infection, uneven skin contours, and skin discoloration.

It usually takes up to 3 months for the proper results of the surgery to become visible as some swelling might persist. If done correctly, the scars should be practically undetectable. Liposuction tends to increase the individual’s metabolic rate and the patient could find it easier to drop pounds post-op. Since the fat cells are removed permanently from the area additional weight gain is highly unlikely.

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