In 2018, there were over 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed. 5% of these were liposuction procedures. As people turn to new and innovative ways to shape their bodies, lipo is gaining a lot of popularity.
Liposuction a surgical procedure used to remove stubborn fat that doesn’t go away with exercise and diet.
Liposuction is also known by other names like lipoplasty, lipectomy, and liposculpture surgery. Doctors can use it on the abdomen, chin, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. They remove the fat using a hollow instrument known as a cannula.
The cannula is applied under the skin and a powerful high-pressure vacuum sucks out the fat.
The primary aim of the procedure is to change and enhance the contour of the body. It alters the shape of the body by permanently removing fat cells.
Unfortunately, if the patient doesn’t maintain a healthy lifestyle afterwards, the fat cells might grow more prominent.
As you seek for more information about lipo, here are some facts that might surprise you.
1. The procedure doesn’t always require general anaesthesia
Based on the volume of solution aspirated – high volume (>4,000 ml) or low volume (<4,000 ml), there can be 2 types of Lipo surgeries.
Your surgeon can choose to perform small volume liposuction under local anaesthesia with monitored care.
But mostly only large-volume liposuction requires general anaesthesia.
Small volume liposuction performed using the tumescent technique can be performed under local or regional anaesthesia.
This method is more advanced, since it avoids the bruising that patients might have suffered with techniques for Lipo used in the past.
2. Treatment is location-specific
Liposuction surgery can be highly location specific. The cannulas are designed to suck out fat from the body once they’re attached to the vacuum pump.
Since they’re used on different parts of the body, they come in different sizes and shapes.
Some are sharp, blunt-tipped, while others are angled, all tailored for specific body location.
For example, the angled cannula may work best for neck lipo, but another area will require another shape.
3. Your skin looks & feels better after the procedure
In the past, the more the fat that was removed from the body through liposuction, the worse the skin looked.
With the SAFE technique, a surgeon can remove as much fat without increasing the risk of contour deformity. SAFE refers to Separation, Aspirate Fat Equalization procedure.
Separation entails loosening the fat first so that it’s easier to aspirate.
Fat equalization involves smoothing the remaining layer of fat to make the skin look appealing.
4. The skin tightens after lipo
Some advanced lipo techniques can break up the fat to reduce trauma on the skin and prevent bleeding.
For example, liposuction done through radiofrequency breaks up the fat before removing it. It also raises body temperature to stimulate collagen production.
The result is an effect that produces better skin tightening. Collagen is the main protein in the skin, responsible for the structure of the skin, its suppleness, elasticity, and youthfulness.
Laser lipo also removes fat and tightens the skin.
The heat from the laser seals the blood vessels so that there’s less bruising, swelling and downtime. It also stimulates collagen production, beating the balloon look.
5. The extracted fat can be reused
Water-based liposuction exposes your body to minimal trauma and bruising.
The fat removed through this process can be saved up. It can then be pumped into other areas of your boy where there’s no volume.
Buttock, face and breast augmentation can be achieved through this procedure.
6. You don’t always need surgery to remove fat
Liposuction is surgery, and like all other surgeries, it involves risk and downtime. Non-surgical fat reduction technologies have flooded the market, with some promising to freeze fat. Others melt it away gradually with laser ultrasound or radiofrequency energy.
With modern lipo, fat can be sucked out using cannulas. This non-invasive procedure can’t be compared to actual liposuction.
7. Liposuction is a medical procedure
For the longest time, lipo has been done for cosmetic purposes, but it can be used to treat some health conditions also.
One of them is lymphedema, which is a chronic or long-term condition. Excess lymph fluid collects in body tissues mostly in the legs and arms, resulting in swelling.
The procedure also corrects gynecomastia, which is the collection of fat under a man’s breast. Lipo serves as a medical procedure to reduce discomfort and pain.
8. Lipo isn’t a treatment for obesity
Liposuction patients usually have stable body weight but have excess deposits of fat they’d like removed.
The procedure isn’t for overall weight-loss and neither is it a treatment for obesity. Take note that lipo doesn’t get rid of dimples, cellulite or stretch marks.
Once the excess fat deposits have been removed, the patient has to find other ways to deal with stretch marks and cellulite.
Exercise is also recommended to prevent fat cells from accumulating more fat.
9. Not everyone is a candidate for liposuction
Before you go for liposuction, you need to have realistic expectations.
For example, don’t expect to have a risk-free procedure. You may come out with some bruising which may last for several weeks.
The right candidate for lipo is one in good health. That means you must not be a smoker, must have firm elastic skin and you must be within 30% of your ideal weight.
Liposuction is a procedure that has helped many people get rid of excess fat.
If you’re considering having it performed on you, get the facts right first. Lipo may be performed with or without general anaesthesia depending on the location and volume.
You must be ready to withstand the slight discomfort that comes with the procedure.
After it has been performed, keep in mind that you need to keep up with exercise and a healthy diet. This is to prevent fat cells from growing back.
In case of any other concerns, talk to your surgeon to have them addressed before the procedure.