Liposuction is widely popular among overweight people, especially women, because it is very effective in the process of fat removal. One should bear in mind that liposuction is effective and used only when your weight is stable and you have fat that needs to be removed from the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks. In other cases, methods such as diet, exercise and bariatric procedures are proven to be more effective particularly when it is necessary to regulate your weight for a long period of time.
Preparation for Liposuction
If you have decided on liposuction, you must first talk to your surgeon and introduce him with your medical history. As this is an invasive procedure, he must know if you are allergic to some medications, or if you have or had some other condition that can put your health in danger. In case of a small amount of fat that is to be removed, it can be done in surgeon`s office, and in case that you want to remove fat from more than one area of you body, you are supposed to stay in the hospital and arrange transportation later.
Expectation from Liposuction
Before the process of liposuction starts, a surgeon will take some pictures of you and mark the areas of you body that are going to be treated. There are several techniques of liposuction that can be used and the procedure itself depends upon the technique. The most common liposuction technique is tumescent liposuction, which implies the usage of salt water mixture that is injected into the body. Then a pain reliever is given and the area that has fat is stiffen and swollen. Then, small cuts are being made and the surgeon inserts a cannula under your skin. That cannula is connected to a vacuum that suctions fat and fluids from those areas of your body. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) is a liposuction technique that is used in combination with tumescent liposuction. With this technique small metal is inserted into the body and with that metal and ultrasonic energy fat cells are ruptured. This helps the fat to be vacuumed more easily and more thoroughly. Powered liposuction is a technique that is done with the assistance of cannula. In this case, cannula is moved in rapid movements back and forth. This technique is quite effective for areas that include arms, knees and ankles.
There are some complications that may appear during or after the liposuction, as it is the case with any other surgery. Some of the possible complications are contour irregularities, fluid accumulation, numbness, internal puncture, fat embolism, and kidney and heart problems. It is important to talk to your surgeon before the procedure so that you could understand why and when these complications may occur.