Liposuction is a surgical technique designed to remove the fat deposits from areas genetically difficult to control by diet (thighs, buttocks, hips and abdomen in women, abdomen and hips in men). Fat is a normal component of the subcutaneous tissue layer. Fat cells may not be distributed evenly, causing some areas to be more prominent than is ideal. It is not a weight reducing method but a method of body contouring, an excellent opportunity to reinforce the will for a better body appearance.
A good candidate for liposuction should have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure as well as these basic qualities:
- Average or only slightly above-average weight
- Firm, elastic skin
- In good overall health
- Concentrated pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise
Liposuction technique –
There are a couple of different techniques that can be used during liposuction. These include:
- Tumescent liposuction - During this technique, the surgeon will inject a solution into your fatty areas before the fat is removed. It is made up of a saline solution, a mild painkiller and epinephrine, a drug that contracts your blood vessels. The solution not only helps the surgeon remove the fat more easily but it helps reduce blood loss and provides pain relief during and after surgery.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction - During ultrasound-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat, after which it is removed from the body.
- Laser-assisted liposuction is available. While there are many forms of lasers, most combine one or two types of lasers that melt the fat before the tumescent portion of the liposuction. “Smart Lipo” was the first laser-assisted liposuction, but there are many others now available. Invariably, these are used alongside other methods, such as tumescent liposuction.