Liposuction

Last Updated: May 02, 2012

What is Liposuction?

In short, liposuction is the removal of fat deposits in the body through suction.

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Liposuction has even been the top overall surgical procedure since ASAPS started collecting nationwide procedural statistics in 1997. In 2011 no less than 205,000 Americans chose to undergo the procedure.

A conventional liposuction procedure involves four basic steps:

  1. Application of either a local or general anesthetic, depending on the number/area of your procedure(s).
  2. An incision or incisions is made near the selected area and a thin "cannula", or tube is inserted through the skin and muscle.
  3. A small amount of anesthetic is injected into the area to break up the fat deposits and the fat is removed through suction via the cannula.
  4. Once the fat is removed, the incisions are closed and padding is applied to reduce bleeding and allow the incisions to heal.

Despite the fact many people diet and exercise religiously, sometimes it's physically impossible to get rid of fat deposits in certain areas of the body such as the abdomen, thighs, arms or butt.

Liposuction - 3rd Most Popular Procedure in 2010 & 2011

As a result, literally hundreds of thousands of people undergo liposuction surgery each year. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, lipoplasty has even been in the top five overall surgical procedure since the Society started collecting nationwide procedural statistics in 1997. In 2010 no less than 203,106 Americans chose to undergo the procedure, in 2011 the same number was up 1% to 205,000.

Liposuction is No Shortcut to Weight Loss

It's extremely important to remember however that liposuction isn't a shortcut to weight loss, and it's recommended primarily for healthy adults within 10-20 pounds of their ideal weight looking to remove stubborn pockets of fat and shape and contour their body.

Lipoplasty

Liposuction (technical term lipoplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes fat deposits from designated areas of the body. Several techniques can be used during liposuction surgery, but, generally speaking, the plastic surgeon uses a probe that is inserted into the patient’s body through a small incision. The surgeon then breaks up the fatty cells and extracts them from the targeted area of the body.

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Common Types of Liposuction

Lipoplasty surgery has become one of the fastest, most effective and safest cosmetic surgery procedures available today, and much of that is due to the technological advancement of both the techniques and the equipment

The following are the four most common liposuction techniques.

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is the most common type of liposuction. The basic process is your surgeon will insert the cannula through the incision and inject lidocaine and epinephrine into the fatty tissue, causing it to becomes swollen and firm, or "tumescent." This helps break up the fat deposits for easier suctioning, and it also reduces bleeding.
Read more on Tumescent Liposuction here.

Vaser (Ultrasonic) Liposuction

Vaser liposuction is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional liposuction. Vaser lipo technology involves using ultrasonic sound waves to gently loosen the fat for easier removal. Tumescent liquid is still injected into the body, but instead of the cannula ultrasonic probes use vibration to break the fat cells apart. Once the fat is emulsified, asmall cannula is used to suction out the fat cells. Some of the local anesthetic remains in the tissue and that helps to reduce post-procedural pain. Vaser liposuction is considered gentler on the body and the remaining cells in the treatment area than more conventional liposuction methods.
Read more on Ultrasonic Liposuction here.

Smart (Laser) Liposuction

Smart Lipo is essentially the earliest version of laser liposuction. A small cannula is still inserted through an incision or incisions, but instead of sound or liquid an intensified laser is used to break down the fat deposits. The laser allows for very precise targeting of fat deposits that may otherwise be unreachable with traditional liposuction, and allows the surgeon to be extremely precise with body contouring. The laser also coagulates the blood vessels around the treated fat, reducing bruising and blood loss. Read more on Smart or Laser Liposuction here.

Water Jet Liposuction

Water jet liposuction uses a pressurized stream of saline to simultaneously break down the fat and help remove the cells. Basically the water jet loosens the fat cells, and while it still uses tumescent fluid the cannula both irrigates and suctions the loosened fat cell from the body. There is very little bruising or swelling with water jet liposuction and, because of the water, there is also much less trauma to the surrounding tissues.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction Surgery?

Good candidates for liposuction surgery are in good health, both mentally and physically, have realistic expectations for their surgery, and have healthy skin with good elasticity.

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Good candidates for liposuction surgery are in good health, both mentally and physically, have realistic expectations for their surgery, and have healthy skin with good elasticity.

Lipoplasty may be the perfect solution for you if you have a fatty pocket that just doesn't respond to diet and exercise.

Costs of Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction cost can vary depending on the number of procedures, where you live in the country, and the extent of your surgery. The national average surgeon fee for liposuction in 2010 averaged $2,884 according to ASAPS and $2,769 according to ASPS. Find more about the potential costs of Liposuction here.

Read more about liposuction risks, results and before and after.

Free Consultation with a Board Certified US Liposuction Surgeon

To learn more about Liposuction Surgery please fill in the contact form below, or call us today at the number found in the upper right corner of this page. You will then get the option to schedule a free consultation with a Board Certified Surgeon in Your local area. The majority of surgeons have financing plans available to offer their customers.

Procedure Explained

Are you interested in undergoing liposuction surgery but have questions regarding the liposuction procedure - length, anesthesia, in or outpatient? These are obviously important matters that need to be answered before you decide on whether liposuction is what you want.

Unfortunately, liposuction surgery has progressed to the point where there are numerous techniques that contain their own pros and cons. Additionally, the surgical techniques used in liposuction will vary depending on the part of the body that is being targeted. As a result, questions that you may have regarding the liposuction procedure - length, anesthesia, in or out patient will be answered by your plastic surgeon during the consultation process. Your plastic surgeon will be able to cater the details of the liposuction procedure to your customary needs. However, to help you understand the different aspects of the liposuction procedure, we will discuss the different issues revolving around the treatment such as the length of time needed, the types of anesthesia used, and the setting of the operation.

Length of Time

The length of time that the liposuction surgery will be completed depends on a number of issues. These issues include the part of the body that is being targeted during the operation and the number of operations that need to be performed. For example, if you were to undergo a single liposuction surgery where fat deposits will be extracted from an area of the body with the capability to store large amounts of fat such as the thighs, then the surgery will be completed within an hour or two. However, if the liposuction surgery that you are undergoing is targeting a part of the body that contains sensitive veins and requires that the plastic surgeon perform their work more intricately such as the neck, then the length of time of the operation will increase. Additionally, for patients that are undergoing liposuction surgery for multiple parts of the body, the amount of time that the treatment will be completed is going to be much longer.

Anesthesia

Although there are a large number of different types of liposuction surgical techniques, all of these surgical techniques incorporate the use of anesthesia. Anesthesia is used to calm the patient during what is a stressful day. Nobody looks forward to undergoing surgery and the last thing that a plastic surgeon needs is a jittery patient. As a result, anesthesia is administered to the patient to ease them throughout the liposuction procedure.

However, the type of anesthesia that is used will depend on the type of liposuction surgery that is being performed. In less complex liposuction procedures, only local anesthetics will be given to the patient. The patient will remain awake throughout the entire procedure but will feel calm and experience minimal discomfort. The advantage of local anesthesia is that the patient is able to provide feedback to the plastic surgeon that is performing the treatment.

In complex liposuction procedures, the anesthesia that is used is general anesthesia. An additional person needs to be present during these complex treatment as it a professional anesthetist that administers general anesthesia to the patient. During the treatment, the patient will be asleep and will have no memory of the treatment. Considering its power, the patient will have to follow directions provided by the plastic surgeon and anesthetist regarding what they can and can't do before and after the surgery. Following the treatment, the patient will have to stay overnight to have their health monitored.

In or out patient

The setting of the liposuction surgery will depend on how complex the liposuction procedure that is being performed is. For less complex liposuction treatments, the surgery can be performed at an outpatient center. During this treatment, the plastic surgeon will administer local anesthesia to the patient and the patient will be able to go home following the treatment.

However, for more complex liposuction procedures, the treatment will need to be performed at an inpatient center. The use of general anesthesia during the surgery immediately means that the patient will have to stay overnight to have their health monitored.

Liposuction Procedure

Despite the fact that there are numerous liposuction procedures that differ in terms of the medical technology that it uses and the areas of the body that it targets, there are some general traits in all of these different liposuction procedures. At the beginning of the liposuction operation, the plastic surgeon will attach pads to the patient's body as a way to monitor the patient's health throughout the procedure. These pads measure the patient's heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels in their blood. Although the goal of the plastic surgeon is to perform the liposuction surgery to the best of their abilities, all plastic surgeons will stop the operation at any point where it seems the patient's health is being negatively affected.

In all liposuction treatments, the plastic surgeon administers an intravenous drip of saline as a base to keep the patient from being dehydrated as fat is being extracted from their bodies. Some kind of anesthesia and sedative is given to the patient so that they can relax throughout the surgery. The plastic surgeon then marks the parts of the body that is being operated on with a pen, which is used to guide them when they are making incisions on the patient's body. Once the plastic surgeon has made the necessary incisions, they will then insert a cannula (suction probe) into the incisions to loosen the fat cells that are to be removed during the surgery.

At this point, the different liposuction procedures will vary depending on the type of medical technology that it incorporates to break up the patient's fat cells. However, once the appropriate fat deposits have been extracted from the patient's body, the plastic surgeon will then clean up the incisions and sew them up. At this point, the procedure is completed and the patients begin the recovery process from this treatment.

Free Consultation with a Board Certified US Liposuction Surgeon

To learn more about Liposuction Surgery please fill in the contact form below, or call us today at the number found in the upper right corner of this page. You will then get the option to schedule a free consultation with a Board Certified Surgeon in Your local area. The majority of surgeons have financing plans available to offer their customers.

Benefits of Liposuction

Many people view liposuction as an unnecessary procedure. These skeptics will describe the treatment as a superficial one that they feel is designed for people that are too lazy to exercise or diet. Of course, these skeptics enjoy making these claims because it allows them to feel superior over a group of people that they've simply stereotyped. Rather than lazy, conceited people, liposuction patients are actually individuals that have the courage to recognize that there is a part of their lives that is causing them unhappiness and are willing to rectify it by any means necessary.

Liposuction is among the top 5 most most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in America since 2003. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reported that a total of 205,000 procedure were performed in 2011. Simply put, liposuction is a cosmetic surgery technique that is designed to assist in body contouring by removing excess fat deposits from areas of a person's body. There are numerous benefits to liposuction but it is important to reiterate that liposuction should not be viewed as a method of weight loss. However, liposuction is a worthwhile solution for people that have exhausted traditional weight loss techniques such as dieting and exercising in their attempts to lose fat from parts of their bodies.

Benefits of liposuction surgery

The benefits of liposuction reside in how it affects the patient. The immediate outcome of liposuction surgery is that the patient has obtained a more proportional look by removing excess fat from areas of their body. These physical changes enable patients to wear the clothes that they want to wear and acquire the body curves that will increase their physical attraction. By removing the fatty parts from their body that they were embarrassed about, the patient will now be able to feel confident about their physical appearance.

Considering that the human body is genetically programmed to store excess fat in certain areas of the body and that some parts of the body simply do not lose fat from traditional weight loss methods, liposuction is an excellent solution for people that want to reshape their bodies to match their ordeal. The benefits of liposuction are both mental and physical.

Although some people may try to deny this, the fact of the matter is that a person's physical appearance has important ramifications. The way that you look will often influence other people's perceptions of you. Although this can be viewed as a good or bad thing, it is irrelevant compared to the way that a person's physical appearance affects that person. When a person loves the way that they look, they exude a confidence that is easily detected. However, people that are uncomfortable with their appearance will convey their insecurities through their body languages and ultimately their overall attitude.

Although the physical benefits of liposuction are nice, more importantly are the mental benefits of liposuction. Past liposuction surgery patients have overwhelmingly exclaimed that the treatment has improved their lives in ways that they could not even conceive before the treatment. Mentally, liposuction can increase a person's self-esteem by eliminating a problem that they considered a barrier to a larger happiness. Of course, liposuction is not a miracle cure for individuals that have serious problems with obtaining happiness. However, for individuals that undergo liposuction surgery with the proper attitude and expectations, the benefits of liposuction can be limitless.

Free Consultation with a Board Certified US Liposuction Surgeon

To learn more about Liposuction Surgery please fill in the contact form below, or call us today at the number found in the upper right corner of this page. You will then get the option to schedule a free consultation with a Board Certified Surgeon in Your local area. The majority of surgeons have financing plans available to offer their customers.

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