Friday, November 16, 2007

Toning Your Body with Liposuction

By Victoria Rowde

Liposuction procedure has been around long enough for most people to say that it's generally safe and tested. It doesn't mean though that it's a procedure for everybody. If you're thinking of getting a lipo, you better get yourself informed first.

What is Liposuction?

Designed to remove localized fat, liposuction is considered an invasive surgical procedure. Areas that may be subjected to lipo include hips, face, neck, abdomen, thighs, calves, arms, buttocks and back. Although it is primarily a surgical procedure, it is also considered a cosmetic procedure since the objective of liposuction is to make a person look better. It is not however a procedure recommended for weight loss and is used simply to shape the body. Since liposuction involves localized areas, it may sometimes be used for the removal of cellulite. New techniques under this surgical procedure now include tumescent method, super wet technique and ultrasound assisted lipoplasty.


The procedure is not for everyone. The surgeon will usually conduct an assessment first to determine the fitness of a lipo candidate. A candidate should have localized fat but may have more than one area with localized fat. He should also be of normal or close to the normal or ideal weight for his age and height and is physically and psychologically healthy and stable.

Another factor which must be considered is the age. Younger people are deemed better candidates since most young people have elastic skins. Older people and people with inelastic skins are not good candidates for liposuction. Those who have diabetes, poor blood circulation, heart ailments and other serious medical conditions may also be excluded from the list of qualified candidates.

Liposuction Procedure

The procedure is done by making a small incision wherein a cannula or a hollow tube is inserted. The tube is then moved around to break fat and suction it out. A vacuum pump is used for suctioning. Fluids may be removed along with the fats too so a patient should be provided with fluid replacements during liposuction. Local anesthesia may be used if only a very small amount of fat is to be removed. General anesthesia may be recommended though for more serious cases. Individuals may be sedated during the procedure to maintain calmness and relaxation.

After the Surgery

Immediately after the surgery, you may experience some swelling, numbness, pain, bruising and perhaps even a little bleeding and fluid release. Depending on your capacity to recuperate, you may be able to get back to light work after a few days. Complete recovery however may take at least two weeks to one month. In some people, swelling may still be apparent even after a few months.

Excessive expectations from the patient regarding the procedure may cause him or her to be disappointed. This is because at times, even months after lipo, some areas may still have fat deposits. In some cases, additional sessions are needed. The scar may not be so obvious but some people may not develop perfectly smooth surfaces.

When done by the right doctor on the right candidate, though, a liposuction procedure may just work. Make sure that you are under the care of a qualified and competent surgeon.

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