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What Many People Do Not Know About Liposuction

The easy way out – this is what most people like. This is true in almost everything in life, including losing weight. To many people, liposuction is perceived to be the surest way to lose weight and to look good. But are they right in believing that? Is liposuction really the best answer to staying sexy and losing weight? Let’s find out.

What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a medical procedure that removes stubborn fat from specific parts of the body through suction. It is done by inserting small, thin tubes called cannula into the skin. The cannula is them moved underneath the skin to target and reach the fats that will be suctioned.
 
Is It Painful?
Yes, that’s why anesthetics are used in the procedure. Most recent developments however have paved the way for liposuction to be less painful. Today, there are two new liposuction techniques that has improved the procedure and made it safer and less painful.  The first technique uses ultrasound; the ultrasound is used to soften the fat which makes it much easier to remove during the suctioning phase.  The second liposuction technique is called Tumescent liposuction. With this procedure, the doctor numbs the area where the cannula will be inserted using a local anesthesia.  Then, when the area is finally numb, an anesthetic solution composed of Epinephrine and Lidocaine and is infused into the fatty tissue. Suction of the fat will then follow. Depending on the doctor, this second technique does not necessitate general anesthesia, where the patient sleeps through the whole procedure. With both ultrasound assisted and Tumescent liposuction, the patient is awake and is aware of what is happening around him or her.
 
The pain is felt after the procedure is done. Doctors always tell potential patients what to expect after the procedure. For example, there will be a lot of swelling and bruising in the area treated. Patients will be required to wear compression garments such as girdles, support hose, or elastic bandages for 3 to 4 weeks. These tight garments are necessary to help reduce swelling and to ensure that the body will adapt to its desired form.
 
The incisions or the holes where the cannula was inserted are also expected to discharge fluids, and the fluids are expected to continue for days. Patients are given antibiotics to fight off infection.
 
A person who has gone through a liposuction procedure may return to normal activity such as go to work after a few days. The pain, swelling and bruising, on the other hand, are expected to disappear after 10 days after the procedure.
 
Does Liposuction Really Help in Weight Loss?
The straight and truthful answer is no! Liposuction is not about weight loss, nor is it a cure for obesity. Yes liposuction may indirectly help reduce weight, but that is not the main intent or purpose of the procedure. Liposuction is done to help get rid of stubborn fats in problem areas in the body, even after consistent and persistent exercise and diet. Liposuction is often recommended by doctors and sought for by people who want to improve the shape of their body.
 
Again, liposuction is not about weight loss, nor is it a treatment or intervention for obesity.  It will help you look good and thus feel good about yourself, but it is something that needs to be seriously thought of before doing, obviously because it is a painful procedure, and also because it is an expensive procedure to perform. If you want to know more, see your doctor and seek his advice.
 
Siena Lombardi writes for AccessRx.com’s Review page; AccessRx.com is an established online pharmacy in the United States where people can safely buy medications online.


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  • Dr. Rhys Branman

    Liposuction is not a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise. It is best for a patient to be at his or her ideal weight, and in good shape physically before surgery. Given that, those excess pounds can be really hard to get rid of after having a baby, and many women opt for a Mommy Makeover. Some fat cannot be worked off, particularly on the belly! I see nothing wrong with someone who works out opting for liposuction, but is not a form of weight control, very little fat can actually be removed.

    Dr. Rhys Branman
    Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center

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