Posted on April 30, 2015
Variously referred to as body contouring, liposuction is a popular type of cosmetic surgery that involves the removal of excess body fat by suction and using special surgical equipment. It is typically performed by a plastic surgeon and removes unwanted deposits of excess fat in order to smooth distorted or irregular body shapes and improve body appearance. Liposuction may be ideal for contouring under the neck, chin, upper arms, cheeks, abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks, knees, thighs, ankle areas, and calves.
There are 4 types of liposuction procedures namely:
1. 1. Tumescent liposuction
Also referred to as fluid injection, this is, arguably, the most common type of liposuction and involves injecting large amounts of medicated solution into the targeted areas before fat is removed. The fluid is usually a mixture of an intravenous (IV) salt solution, a drug that contracts blood vessels (epinephrine), and a local anesthetic (lidocaine). The epinephrine in the solution helps in reducing the amount of blood lost while lidocaine helps to numb the area before and after surgery. Lastly, the IV solution helps in removing fat more easily before it is suctioned out.
2. 2. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
This uses ultrasound vibrations to liquefy the targeted fat cells after which they are vacuumed out. UAL can either be performed internally (below the skin’s surface with a small canula) or externally (above the skin’s surface using a special emitter). This technique is vital in removing fat from fibrous, dense areas of the body such as enlarged male breast tissue or the upper back.
3. 3. Super-wet technique
This is similar to tumescent liposuction except that the amount of fluid used is equal to the amount of fat to be removed. And while this technique takes less time, it often requires sedation, with general anesthesia or an IV.
4. 4. Laser- assisted liposuction (LAL)
LAL makes use of laser energy in order to liquefy fat cells after which they can be allowed to drain through small tubes or vacuumed out. Because the canula used in this procedure is smaller than that used in traditional liposuction, surgeons prefer applying this procedure in confined areas.
Special instruments called canulas and a liposuction machine are used in this procedure. To begin with, a surgical team prepares the areas in your body that are due for treatment. Then, you will receive general or local anesthesia before a suction tube with a sharp end is inserted through a small skin incision and into the fat pockets where it is swept through the area where the fat is to be removed.
The dislodged fat is then vacuumed away through a suction tube, with a large syringe or vacuum pump providing the suction action. Since several skin punctures may be required to treat large areas, the surgeon may approach the affected areas from different directions in order to get the best contour. Following fat removal, small drainage tubes may be inserted into the now defatted areas to remove fluid and blood that may collect, especially in the days following the surgery. Your surgeon may also recommend a compression garment which should be worn as instructed.
Why liposuction is performed
Some of the reasons why people are interested in liposuction procedures include:
1. Cosmetic reasons, including abnormal chin lines, fat bulges, or ‘love’ handles.
2. Body shaping for those who are bothered by irregularities or fatty bulges that cannot be removed by exercise and/or diet.
3. Improving sexual function by reducing abnormal fat deposits that are found on the inner thighs, therefore, allowing for easier access to the vagina.
Posted on April 24, 2015
The pressure to look beautiful according to the standards of society has led most people to believe that plastic surgery is the only answer to their woes. These people must have seen the celebrities who come out saying that they had their bodies gone through plastic surgery. Then it has led to the belief that plastic surgery is a ‘safe’ procedure and anyone can have a go at it. While the statement is true, this is only a partial of the whole truth.
There are many practitioners of plastic surgery that have been convicted of malpractice, because the patient that they have worked on had a deformed body that can no longer be brought back to its original state. If you are thinking of having a plastic surgery, make sure that you approach the right specialist and that they have been in the business for quite a long time that they have earned the reputation as the ‘doctor you can trust and rely your body to’.
The Types of Plastic Surgery
Before you go about knowing the dangers about such type of surgery, you need to know what type of surgeries are done and surgeons are capable of. These types include the following:
- Chin Surgery
- Cheek Lift
- Chemical Peel
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Facial Contouring
- Face Lift
- Eyelid surgery
- Eyebrow or Forehad Rejuvenation
- Neck Lift and Neck Liposuction
- Laser Resurfacing
- Laser Hair Removal
- Facial Wrinkles
- Facial Fillers
- Skin problems such as tattoo removal, spider veins, blemishes and scar revisions
- Breast Augmentation
- Body Liposuction
- Arm Lift
- Abdomen Reduction
- Laser Hair Removal
- Inner Thigh Lift
- Circumferential Body Lift
- Buttock Lift
- Breast Reduction
The real danger of plastic surgery lies in the things that you know nothing about. As of recently, the cosmetic surgery business in the US costs $10.1 billion every year. Women takes up 91 percent of the patients and even elected to get 5 percent more on the cosmetic procedures according to the reports last 2010. The surgeons and psychologists have warned those who want to take up plastic surgery should consider it first, because many of those who have undergone the procedure were not fully prepared of the risks involved, which affect cultural, social, emotional and physical changes that are mostly permanent. Here are some of those hidden dangers about the procedure.
Little do patients know that there are new problems that will occur after the surgery. One of these problems is that they do not know changing one area of the body is going to affect other parts surrounding it, such as altering its structure. One example of this is the liposuction procedure. This eliminates fat from the thighs or stomach but sooner or later it will redistribute to areas that are less flattering such as the upper back and arms. Botox injections also causes paralysis on certain muscles of the face, yet it may also show muscles more active that it seems strange to look at. It is generally understood that once you tamper a part of your body, it will create new problems that you need to cope with.
Another danger is the tension or split up with your partner. According to research from a certain psychiatrist, those that have undergone plastic surgery because they believed that it will help with their romantic relationship receives one rude awakening. Men are particularly apt to misunderstanding the motives of their woman, believing that they are dissatisfied or even interested into attracting the opposite sex.