The battle of the bulge." That tiny, five-word phrase has been shoved in our faces for years, thanks to television, newspapers, and magazines. But sometimes, no matter how hard you fight, the bulge has a tougher army. The fact is that certain people have fat cells that will not shrink, despite diet and exercise. You can thank heredity for that in some cases.
Liposuction is an option to remove small bulges that won't budge and to improve your body's shape. The areas most commonly treated include the hips, abdomen, thighs and buttocks, and face. Liposuction does not remove cellulite, only fat.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
A good candidate for liposuction should have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure as well as these basic qualities:
- Average or only slightly above-average weight
- Firm, Elastic Skin
- In good overall health
- Concentrated pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise
Patients with poor skin quality (cellulite) are not good candidates for liposuction because they may develop skin irregularities due to under- or over-correction of localized fat deposits. Age is generally not a major consideration when discussing liposuction; however, older patients often have less elasticity in their skin and thus may not achieve the same benefits of liposuction that a younger patient with tighter skin might achieve.
What to do before undergoing Liposuction?
The first step is to consult with your surgeon. During the consultation, check with your surgeon about which options are best for you, your skin type, the effectiveness and safety of the procedure. The procedure is performed using a suction device called a cannula. Through small incisions, the cannula is inserted into fatty areas between skin and muscle from where it removes excess fat using a suction pump. This results in a smoother, improved body contour.
Before undergoing the procedure, anticoagulants should not be taken at least for 2 weeks before surgery. Smoking must be avoided as nicotine interferes with circulation and can cause loss of tissues.
The duration of the procedure will vary with the amount of fat that needs to be removed.
Not everyone is a good candidate for liposuction. It is not a good alternative to dieting or exercising. To be a good candidate, one must usually be over 18 and in good general health, have tried a diet and exercise regime, and have found that the last 10 or 15 pounds persist in certain pockets on the body.
Areas where liposuction is performed:
- Outer thighs
- Male breast tissue (Gynecomastia)
- Upper Arms
- Inner knees
- Inner thighs
Laser Assisted Liposuction
This procedure uses photomechanical and thermal energy to affect lipolysis. Laser assisted lipolysis is ideal for treating localized fat deposits on various areas of body.