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    Liposuction

    Liposuction Los Angeles

    With advancements in science and technology, more people are now able to enjoy cosmetic procedures with absolute safety to obtain high quality results. Obesity is a global metabolic issue that affects physical, emotional and psychological health. However, certain procedures like liposuction has made it easier for an average male and female to get rid of extra weight within a short period of time.

    A procedure in which excessive fat is removed from the body is called liposuction. Liposuction is mostly done on hips, outer thighs, back, inner thighs, abdomen and knees. The ankles and calves, arms and neck are also treated.

    According to the statistics reported by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons:

    • More than 90,969 procedures are performed each year on young patients (age range 19 to 34 year) that corresponds to 28% of all liposuction procedures
    • About 165,694 procedures are performed each year on middle aged-patients (age range 35 to 50 year) that corresponds to 51% of all liposuction procedures
    • Additionally another of 58,480 procedures are performed each year on elderly population (age range 51 to 64 year) that corresponds to 18% of all liposuction procedures.
    • Liposuction is the second most popular and widely performed cosmetic procedure in 2011 and 2012.

    How is this procedure performed?:

    Cosmetic surgeons and healthcare professionals evaluate the overall health status of the potential candidates. Depending upon the existing weight, co-morbid medical conditions and individual’s expectations from the surgery, cosmetic surgeons discuss the pros and cons of weight loss interventions like liposuction in each case.

    Liposuction is a simple procedure that has been in use for past couple of decades as a reliable weight loss intervention. As part of the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon introduces small incisions through which a cannula or a narrow metal tube is inserted. The apparatus is connected to a suction machine that liquefies and sucks excessive pads of fat.

    What are other benefits of liposuction procedure?

    Besides being a helpful resource for individuals with moderate to severe obesity, the procedure is also well- suited for patients with disproportionate or localized weight gain at certain areas (for example buttocks, abdomen and love –handles). In all such cases, liposuction can serve as a micro-sculpturing technique to enhance the harmonious overall physical profile of an individual.

    Liposuction is not much effective on loose skin and best candidates are people with elastic skin and good skin tone.

    What are the limitations of liposuction procedures?

    • People with morbid obesity are not the ideal candidates for this procedure and are recommended to go through more schematic programs of weight reduction.
    • Individuals with uncontrolled metabolic and hormonal health issues (like uncontrolled hypertension, poorly regulated diabetes and cardiovascular issues) are generally required to control the health issues via medications before the procedure

    What are some popular liposuction techniques?

    Depending upon different patient factors and degree of weight loss required, your cosmetic surgeon can perform any of these procedures:

    Tumescent Technique

    • In this technique an injection of dilute adrenaline solution is injected that makes the blood vessels narrow.
    • The aim of this technique is to minimize the risk of bleeding at the site where liposuction procedure is being performed.
    • A dilute xylocaine solution can also be added in the injection to make the treated area numb but this depends on anesthesia method that is being utilized for procedure.
    • This is one of the safest liposuction forms and is also applicable to power assisted liposuction and suction assisted liposuction.

    Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL)

    • In this method a cannula is used in order to emulsify fat with the help of sound waves.
    • This procedure is commonly followed with another liposuction technique namely suction assisted liposuction for removing residual fat deposits.
    • According to experts view this technique is not very significant over suction assisted technique rather it increase complications instead of advantages in some cases.

    Power Assisted Liposuction

    • In this liposuction method, a power source is utilized to create reciprocal motion in the cannula. This simple tip helps in breaking the fat deposits much easily.
    • This method decreases the work load of surgeons but often fails to provide significant advantages as a final outcome.

    Suction Assisted Liposuction

    • It is a standard liposuction form and in this technique a tube or thin cannula is connected with a suction machine. The cosmetic surgeon introduces the cannula via small incision (that is done under the skin without causing much disfiguring or risk of scarring).
    • Back and forth movement of cannula breaks the fats which then suctioned subsequently into container.
    • Most of the liposuction specialists prefer this technique to have much predictable outcome

    Ideal Candidates for Liposuction procedures:
    Ideal candidates for liposuction include:

    • Patients who are in overall good health and have realistic expectations.
    • Individuals who wants to have toned, micro-sculptured body
    • Patients who had elastic skin with good skin tone.

    Risk and Complications
    Some potential complications include:

    • Infection
    • Risk of bleeding
    • Asymmetry or undesirable results (the risk is negligible if the procedure is performed in expert hands)
    • Unfavorable scarring
    • Laxity of skin or looseness due to excessive weight loss
    • Irregular skin contour
    • Pulmonary complications
    • Fluid accumulation
    • Need of revision surgery.

    Recovery

    After having a liposuction surgery, a patient is given a compression garment to wear for approx 3 weeks. In this time period most of the bruising and swelling will be resolved and about 60 to 7o% results are visible. However, time period of 3 months is required to see the final outcome.