Even if we’ve never known anyone who has done it, we’ve all got a pretty good idea what liposuction is. You head into the doctor, and they shift the fat that you just can’t seem to get rid of.
Seriously, if you can walk in chubby and walk out svelte, why isn’t everyone doing this?
Well actually it doesn’t quite work like that!
In reality, liposuction is one of the most misunderstood cosmetic surgeries out there. Although frequently referred to, there seems to be very little understanding about what situations liposuction works best for, and who the most suitable candidates are for this kind of surgery.
How Liposuction Works…
Essentially, liposuction removes the fat from your body using suction. During a liposuction procedure the doctor will insert cannulas through tiny cuts in your skin. These cannulas are small, thin, blunt-tipped tubes, and it is through these that the fat is suctioned. By directing the tubes to various areas of fat deposits, your liposuction practitioner can reduce the amount of fat in these areas.
Now, there are a few different kinds of liposuction, where the doctors will use different techniques depending on your circumstances. The most common of these new methods are tumescent liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction. Let’s have a quick look at those now.
Although it might sound a little sci-fi, this technique has been proven to be quite successful. It involves using low-energy waves to turn the fat into liquid before removing it.
This technique is favoured for removing fat from the upper abdomen, back and sides. It uses ultrasound to liquefy the fat, similar to the laser-assisted technique, which makes it easier to remove.
Doctors use local anaesthetic to numb the area where liposuction will occur, before a large amount of anaesthetic is injected into the fatty tissue. This breaks it down, which makes it easier to remove with the cannula. In the case of large amounts of fat being removed, general anaesthetic may be used.