Liposuction/Liposculpture Cosmetic Surgery

Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture suction lipectomy or, more commonly, as "lipo". It is a cosmetic surgery that is used to remove fat from many different body sites. Liposuction is a wonderful tool for body sculpting and can be used to treat problem areas such as the neck, thighs, buttocks, thighs, arms and abdomen. Lipo is most appropriately used as a sculpting tool, however, and is not a substitute for weight loss. It can certainly help but removing excess amounts of fat is highly dangerous and not a safe way to lose weight. Think of liposuction as a shaping tool and not as a weight loss tool.

Good Candidates for Liposuction

A good candidate for liposuction surgery is a person who is over 18 years old, who is not a smoker, and is in general good health. Diabetes, infection, heart or circulatory problems and certain medication regimes are contraindicated conditions for liposculpture. Your surgeon will also get a mental profile to make sure that your reasoning is sound. Liposuction will not result in a pleased patient if the expectations that they have are not reasonable or if the reasons for getting the procedure done are unhealthy. Liposuction should be something you are considering for your own benefit and not for the pleasure or expectations of others.

Techniques

Liposuction, explained in its simplest terms, is removing fat via a cannula (a hollow tube) and an aspirator (a vacuum). The different techniques developed for this basic procedure have to do with the amount of fluid injection and the mechanisms by which the cannula works.

Recovery

As cosmetic surgery goes, liposuction has a relatively easy recovery period. Most patients are able to return to work somewhere between 2 days and two weeks. A compression garment is usually worn for two to four weeks. Pain is controlled by a prescription or over the counter medication and may persist for as long as two weeks, depending on the procedure used. Swelling will take anywhere from two weeks to several months to fully dissipate. Numbness may persist for anywhere from several days to several weeks, again, depending upon the procedure. In general, normal activity can be resumed within a week, though in some cases it takes several weeks. Final results are usually evident within a month though in some cases it can take up to a full six months to really be able to see them.

Risks

Outside of the temporary and relatively minor side effects associated with liposuction (numbness, bruising, swelling, soreness) there are some risks you need to be aware of.

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