Large Volume Liposuction
For individuals that are interested in obtaining liposuction to remove fatty deposits from areas of their body, they should understand that liposuction surgery is not designed as a weight loss program. Rather, liposuction is a body contouring treatment that is designed to extract fat from parts of the patient's body that has been resistant to traditional methods of weight loss such as dieting and exercise. For the most part, large volume liposuction has been avoided due to the realities of liposuction surgery. Although liposuction is an effective method of removing fat from areas of a patient's body, the fact of the matter is that the volumes of fat that is being removed from the patient's body is attached to volumes of blood and body fluids that will be lost. As a result, most plastic surgeons will perform liposuction surgery with the intent of removing a small but appropriate volume of fat from the patient to minimize the amount of blood loss that is attached to the surgery.
Large Volume Liposuction
Large volume liposuction can be loosely defined as a liposuction procedure in which over five liters of fluid have been removed from the patient's body. The fluid that have been removed from the patient's body are made up of blood and wetting fluids.
For the most part, high volume liposuction had been impossible to obtain as plastic surgeons were faced with the dilemma that the large volumes of fat that would be removed from the patient's body will require that large volumes and body fluids also extracted from the patient would have to be replaced intravenously. Previously, the high risk of large volume liposuction meant that most plastic surgeons would not perform high volume liposuction. However, as liposuction surgical techniques have improved and incorporated new medical technology, it is now possible for patients to obtain high volume liposuction.
New liposuction methods such as tumescent liposuction, super wet liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, power assisted liposuction, and laser liposuction has enabled plastic surgeons to remove larger volumes of fat with less blood loss resulting from the surgery. Despite these medical innovations, large volume liposuction is still a procedure that most plastic surgeons are reluctant to perform. Individuals that are interested in high volume liposuction should consider the reasons why they want this treatment to be performed and should have exhausted other weight loss methods.
If you are interested in obtaining large volume liposuction, it is important that you and your plastic surgeon meet these criteria:
- The plastic surgeon performing the large volume liposuction surgery should have extensive education regarding basic liposuction techniques as well as have widespread knowledge about high volume liposuction surgery.
- The anesthesiologist that is administering the anesthesia during the surgery should understand the effects of infusing and removing large volumes of fluid from the patient's body.
- The site of the large volume liposuction surgery should be properly equipped with the medical instruments required for any problem that may arise during the surgery. It is important that the patient checks the certification of the facility and the plastic surgeon.
- The support staff that will be on hand to assist the plastic surgeon during the high volume liposuction surgery should be experienced with the procedure and the patient's typical requirements during the recovery period.
- The patient has to have the appropriate body type that is suitable for large volume liposuction.
Although it may be a difficult step, large volume liposuction may be the treatment that will enhance your life. If you feel that you are an appropriate candidate for this treatment, it is recommended that you consult a board certified plastic surgeon that has the necessary experience in performing high volume liposuction surgery.