Liposuction is a procedure designed to re-shape the male or female body by removing pockets of fat from the body.
Genetically we inherit our parents' characteristics. For example, if your family trait is to have larger arms or thighs then chances are that you will inherit the same shape. When this occurs it means that you have been born with an excess number of fat cells in these areas, making them bigger. Since weight control and exercise can only change the size of each fat cell but not the number of cells present, then your basic shape remains the same. This means that your arms or thighs still remain proportionately bigger despite the exercising and diet. The only way to change your shape is to remove fat cells from the affected areas to reduce their numbers.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the removal of unwanted fatty deposits in the body by suction.
Which areas of the body may be treated?
Virtually any area of fat accumulation can be treated with Liposuction. In men, these include the abdomen, 'love handles' above the hips and the breast area. Women most commonly wish to remove 'saddlebags' from their outer thighs, but treatment of the tummy, buttocks, inner thighs, knees and hips are commonly performed.
Who is best suited to Liposuction?
The ideal candidate for Liposuction is close to their ideal weight. A patient must also be in good medical condition to heal and resist infection. It is imperative that liposuction not be used as a substitute for weight loss. Liposuction is intended for changing body shape where fat deposits are unable to be shifted by conventional methods.
Does Liposuction Remove Cellulite?
Liposuction is designed to enhance the silhouette of the body, however, does not necessarily eliminate cellulite. Liposuction may reduce the degree of cellulite and the "puckering" of skin to a degree, but is not likely to significantly improve it or eliminate it completely.
Are the results permanent?
After Liposuction the body's new shape is more or less permanent. If a patient does gain a moderate amount of weight after Liposuction, then the figure will simply be a larger version of the new body shape. Fat cells that are removed by Liposuction do not grow back.
How long does the procedure take, and how long does it take to recover?
The procedure can last from 30 minutes to several hours depending on how many body areas are being operated upon.
Like any surgical operation, there is the risk of complications or side effects. After-effects of the anesthetic, infection of the wound, scarring, swelling, bleeding, pain, and healing problems in the recovery process may occur. These are all things for which you should be prepared. However, no long term adverse effects have been reported as a result of Liposuction. Some fluid accumulation may rarely occur beneath the skin, and occasionally patients experience some numbness, which is temporary.
Patients with poor skin elasticity may develop some loose skin, though it is less than would be expected after having lost the equivalent amount of localized fat by dieting. This is because with Liposuction, the fat is suctioned through small tunnels and the multiple intimate attachments between the skin and the underlying muscle remain intact. Should you experience a mild contour irregularity, this can be corrected by a further, mild procedure.
Poor results with uneven surface or sides may happen
You don't have to worry about rejections or allergic reactions to the fat transfer procedure, because the fat cells are being transplanted within your own body.
Liposuction removes fat permanently. It is a treatment for the removal of discreet areas of fat deposits, but not for general weight reduction.
What happens after Liposuctions?
Some patients may occasionally experience swelling and a little bruising in the week or two following Liposuction. We recommend the wearing of specially fitted elasticized support garments for up to fourteen days. However many patients feel more secure wearing them for a longer time. Padding is inserted underneath the garments for a day or two, draining away excess fluids, and preventing any unwanted accumulation. Most people are able to return to work the next day, and there are few restrictions to normal activity.
The benefits of Liposuction are immediate; however, as further healing gradually shrinks the skin, the full benefits may take up to two months or more to be fully appreciated. After all, once removed, these fat cells cannot return - you can say 'goodbye' to your old shape forever!
Rather than discard your one fat, we can use it as a permanent tissues filler to inject back into your body to improve your facial feature or body contour. Your own fat can be injected into any area without any reactions. Common areas are lips, nasolabial folds (laughing lines), nose, foreheads, cheek, chin, hands, etc. The procedure may need repeated after times to get a permanent result.
Complications and side effects
Poor aesthetic outcome due to unskilled clinician
These complications can be corrected.
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