While many people would love to get rid of the extra fat cells on their body forever, not everyone is a prime candidate for liposuction.
Though this surgery will do exactly that, most surgeons will want to know that the patient has done everything they can to get rid of the fat on their own.
You might be asked to go on a strict weight loss program first to see how far your weight can go within a certain amount of time. But the truth is that our bodies continue to make fat cells, and some people are simply genetically predisposed to more fat cells in certain areas.
In any case, you do need to be about 30% away from your ideal weight as you want to have skin that is elastic enough to tighten up after the excess fat cells are removed. If your skin is not elastic, you might have troubles with bumps and ripples.
No matter how much they diet and exercise, they might never reduce their body to the size and shape they like. And the only way to solve their problems is to suck those fat cells out of the body.
You can have liposuction done on a number of body parts and it’s often used in conjunction with tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures.
Upper arms – triceps area
The body parts where the liposuction is completed will also be reshaped along the way. After all, your body does need some fat in order to stay warm and healthy. Thus, you shouldn’t expect all of your fat cells to be removed.
The procedure begins with anaesthesia, of course, to render the patient unconscious for the procedure, though it is often done as an outpatient procedure and you can go home the same day.
The surgeon will make a small incision near the area where the liposuction will occur, somewhere inconspicuous so that there is minimal scarring.
Into that incision, they flood floods the area with a sterile liquid solution. This solution helps to reduce the trauma to the area as well as the bleeding that may occur.
Then a cannula is inserted into the areas in a rod-like device in order to break up the fat cells and tissue in order to be vacuumed out by a surgical vacuum.
Often the breaking up of the fat is done with an ultrasound machine. The waves help to shake up the fat and to make it ready for easy extraction. The surgeon will stop at several points to see how the body part is changing before deciding to remove more or to remove less if the results look good.
While this procedure is pretty straightforward, there are a number of potential complications. People have died from this surgery, so you need to be aware of the side effects as well as the outcomes you might experience.
Complications can include:
Extensive fluid retention
Even though the surgeon might remove all of the excess fat that you wanted removed, this will not be a final solution to your weight issues – if you have any. You will need to maintain this fat loss by following a proper diet and exercise plan.
The body can produce new fat cells that can fill the area once more. And since you may already be predisposed to gaining weight in those areas, it might be even more difficult to remove the second time you try.
Following the doctor’s after care plan is always a good idea, but it’s even better when you want to maintain your slimmer new you.
After the surgery, you will need to wear compression garments to help alleviate swelling and pain. In some cases, you might need to have a drain put into the area to drain away the excess fluid.
The operation is generally outpatient, so you can go home the same day, though you will need someone to take you home and to help you around, depending on the location of the surgery.
Within a few weeks, the full results of your liposuction will be visible and ready to enjoy and to share.
A WORD OF WARNING
Because liposuction is just a popular cosmetic surgery, it’s also becoming a surgery that’s more likely to be advertised and performed by those who aren’t as skilled at the surgery itself.
You want to only go to qualified surgeons for this practice and heading to anyone who might offer discounted rates or offer to remove all of your body fat is someone you should stay away from.
In addition, this process should only be slightly altering your body shape, not taking away every ounce of fat you have. To do so would cause problems for your body as fat acts not only as an insulator, but also as a cushion for your internal organs.
Stick with a surgeon who doesn’t make large promises of making you ‘skinny,’ no matter how tempting it might be. This surgery has gone very wrong for people who wanted a surgeon to simply take away as much as they could, resulting in asymmetry in the body and an unnatural look.
In addition, those who try to take away too much fat can harm the patient internally, resulting in excessive bleeding and post surgery complications that could have been avoided.