Contour Your Body with Liposuction Introduction Liposuction is not a procedure that is difficult to understand. This plastic surgery intervention enhances the body’s contour by eliminating unwanted fat deposits from multiple areas of the body. The outcomes of liposuction are effective and easily sustainable. After the operation, the patient’s silhouette will be more proportionate and the body’s features will complement each other congruously. Liposuction is a very sought after plastic surgery intervention in the United States with more than 400,000 procedures performed in the country each year. The best candidate for liposuction is a patient with unwanted fat pockets in localized areas of the body and a stable, close to normal weight. How Liposuction Contours Your Body The procedure involves using a tiny tube called a cannula to extract fat cells from areas on your body. The surgeon will perform small incisions in the areas targeted and then insert the cannula to form tunnels across the fat pockets. A suction device is attached to the cannula and used to suck the adipose cells. The tunnels created with the help of cannula will then collapse and the outcome is a smooth and better-contoured body profile. Liposuction is done on areas with stubborn adipose deposits such as the abdomen, flanks, hips, buttocks, chin, upper and lower back. During the intervention, the surgeon uses a cannula connected to a suction device to extract the adipose cells from the fatty areas. General anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation can be used for liposuction depending on your health condition and the preference of the surgeon. The procedure will permanently eliminate a certain amount of fat cells from your body leading to an enhanced aesthetic appearance. To be able to enjoy the results of liposuction for longer, the patient needs to make every effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle as weight gain can trigger the expansion of the fat cells left in the body. Gaining weight after a certain point can negatively affect the results of liposuction. Keep in mind that after liposuction, the fat cells won’t return to the areas treated during the procedure. It is also essential to be aware of the fact that the amount of fat that can be removed during liposuction is capped. To be able to avoid complications and to keep the patient safe, the surgeon will only remove six to eight pounds of fat in one session. If the amount of fat that needs to be removed is larger than this, the patient will be required to schedule an additional session. Liposuction is Not a Weight Loss Procedure Liposuction is a safe and effective method to contour the silhouette, but it shouldn’t be used as a weight loss method. The procedure is meant to be used just for body reshaping and contouring. This is why you should undergo the intervention only in the case that you have stubborn adipose pockets in certain areas of the body, not all over the body. Also it is not recommended to undergo the procedure if you want to treat conditions such as obesity. Liposuction is also not a suitable treatment option for cellulite or stretch marks. The purpose of the liposuction intervention is quite simple: sculpting and improving the body’s profile to achieve an enhanced overall aesthetic appearance. Tumescent Liposuction Tumescent liposuction is a method that requires using a considerable amount of tumescent solution. This dilute anesthetic solution will be inserted into the adipose tissues to determine them to loosen up. It is worth noting here that local anesthesia is known to be the safest anesthesia. After the procedure pain medications will not be administered immediately because the effects of the anesthesia will stay for hours. Modified Tumescent Liposuction When performing this liposuction method, the plastic surgeon will combine tumescent local anesthesia with a type of systemic anesthesia (either general anesthesia or IV sedation). An anesthesiologist will assist you during surgery and he will also be the one performing the anesthesia. Liposuction Methods There are plenty of liposuction methods available today that can be used to refine the shape of your body and improving its contour. The most frequently used liposuction methods are: traditional liposuction, water-assisted liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction. The tumescent liposuction method uses small cannulas that can provide a beautifully sculpted shape to the body. Using larger cannulas can help extract fat faster, but they are associated with the risk developing of skin bumps and unevenness. Traditional liposuction is easily comprehensible; the procedure uses a small cannula connected to a suction device to remove fat cells from targeted areas. During the intervention, the surgeon moves the cannula back and forth to dislodge the fat from the connective tissue or he can make use of fluids to extract the adipose cells easily. The power-assisted liposuction is what we call a programmed procedure. This means that the surgeon won’t move the cannula by hand, but instead a mechanized cannula dislodges fat during this intervention. It is said that the procedure is practically pain-free for the patient and easier for the surgeon. For the water-assisted liposuction, the surgeon will use water to loosen the fat cells before removing them via a small cannula. A body-jet system is usually used to perform this procedure. The water plays a major role in keeping the fat intact, which makes it nearly effortless for the surgeon to transfer it to other areas of the body, if necessary. The plastic surgeon will use ultrasound waves to dissolve fat cells during the ultrasound-assisted liposuction whereas the laser-assisted liposuction will use laser power to turn fat into liquid and then suction it through the cannula. The purpose of all the liposuction methods discussed above is to contour and reshape the patient’s silhouette by extracting fat from pockets localized in different areas of the body. All liposuction methods are efficient and provide amazing results; however, the most commonly used methods are still the traditional liposuction, the power-assisted liposuction and the water-assisted liposuction. Liposuction outcomes When the patient wakes up from the anesthesia, the results of the liposuction will be noticeable immediately. The patient will see that her body has an improved outline and a smoother figure. Bear in mind that the final results of the liposuction will only be fully visible when the body has healed completely. The patient will notice more improvement in the weeks following the procedure. For some of the patients, it might take up to one year to see the final results of liposuction. Fortunately, the results of the procedure can be permanent. Remember that gaining considerable weight after the procedure can influence the expansion of fat cells localized in an area of the body that was not treated with liposuction. It is important to understand that all liposuction methods can smooth and reshape your body but it is only the laser-assisted liposuction that can tighten the skin on the area treated. The elimination of fat cells can leave the patient with sagging skin that can take months to tauten. However, if you have good skin elasticity, the skin will withdraw sooner and it should be noted that the younger the patient, the more elastic the skin. Though inadvisable, many patients tend to use liposuction to lose weight and they turn out disappointed after the seeing the results. Keeping realistic expectations from liposuction is crucial for the success of the procedure. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and you should not be tempted to use it for that purpose as liposuction is only meant to sculpt the body. As mentioned before, the outcomes of liposuction can be permanent if the patient maintains a healthy and balanced lifestyle. As we age, the body might inevitably start to sag in some areas. However, after undergoing liposuction, the patient will look younger compared to people of the same age even as he gets older. In most cases, the liposuction procedure yields satisfactory results, but no one can guarantee that the results will be what you have envisaged. There is always a slight possibility that the patient might require an additional surgical procedure to achieve their aesthetic goals. Conclusion Liposuction is an efficient method to contour and reshape your figure. The intervention enhances and improves the overall appearance of an individual and can smooth the figure by eliminating adipose pockets from several areas on the body. Despite its simple nature, the intervention comes with general risks and possible complications. This is why it is recommended to select a board-certified plastic surgeon to conduct the procedure and help you get the figure of your dreams.