WHAT IS BODY LIPOSUCTION?
- Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that contours the body by “sucking” the fat out. While liposuction only uses small incisions, it is still considered surgery, and therefore there is down time after the surgical procedure. It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss surgery, but rather is meant to work on specific problem areas of people at a healthy weight who have a regular workout routine. Some of these areas are the cheek, thighs, abdominal area, back, buttocks, hips, waist.
What are the benefits and risks of liposuction?
Benefits OF liposuction
Liposuction is normally done for cosmetic purposes, but it is sometimes used to treat certain conditions.
Lymphedema: A chronic, or long-term, condition in which excess fluid known as lymph collects in tissues, causing edema, or swelling. The edema commonly occurs in the arms or legs. Liposuction is sometimes used to reduce swelling, discomfort, and pain.
Gynecomastia: Sometimes fat accumulates under a man’s breasts.
Lipodystrophy syndrome: Fat accumulates in one part of the body and is lost in another. Liposuction can improve the patient’s appearance by providing a more natural looking body fat distribution.
Extreme weight loss after obesity: A person with morbid obesity who loses at least 40 percent of their BMI may need treatment to remove excess skin and other abnormalities.
Lipomas: These are benign, fatty tumors.
The results of liposuction will not be clear until the inflammation goes down. In some cases, this may take several months. Most of the swelling settles after about 4 weeks, and the area where fat was removed should appear less bulky.