Liposuction: Removing ALL fat from the body?

Liposuction: Removing ALL fat from the body?

 

There are certain procedures that have been performed for decades now, and each year they are more and more in demand. One of these procedures is liposuction, which is performed with the aim of removing unwanted fat deposits from different areas of the body.

It is important to mention from the start that liposuction is not a method to lose weight or to treat obesity. The procedure is a plastic surgery meant to enhance the appearance of the body and not to help the patient reach a normal weight. 

Liposuction is actually recommended to be performed only on patients with a normal weight who are bothered by localized fat deposits. These stubborn fat deposits that are often resistant to diet and exercise can occur with aging even in people who keep active and a balanced and healthy eating regimen. The procedure can target fat deposits that would be otherwise impossible to eliminate. 

When the procedure is performed, the plastic surgeon will resort to general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. When the patient is asleep, the surgeon will insert a tumescent solution in the areas to be targeted with liposuction. This is called tumescent liposuction, and it is one of the most popular techniques as it reduces bleeding during the procedure and the swelling post-op. Also, the recovery period is associated with a less intense level of pain and discomfort when the tumescent liposuction is performed. The plastic surgeon will insert a hollow tube called a cannula in the areas to be treated. For this, small incisions often no more than 3 to 4 mm are needed. Using back and forth movements, the plastic surgeon will dislodge and liquefy fat so it can be suctioned into a powerful vacuum device. 

Many patients want to know what will happen after liposuction and if the procedure can remove all fat from the body. This is not the aim of liposuction. Liposuction only targets the subcutaneous fat in certain areas of the body. During a liposuction session, we can’t extract more than six to seven liters of fat, depending on the anatomy of the patient. This means that if the patient is overweight or has considerable fat deposits in many areas of the body, liposuction might not solve all their issues at once. Moreover, it is also important to mention that we can’t treat all areas of the body in one session. Generally speaking, the plastic surgeon will target one area and the surrounding zones such as the abdomen and the flanks, the lower and upper back, the legs, etc. 

Even in the areas treated with liposuction, the plastic surgeon won’t be able to extract all the fat cells. This is not a reasonable goal and impossible to achieve. Keeping a constant weight after the procedure will help you sustain the aesthetic results. 

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