Liposuction is surgical cosmetic procedure used to remove pockets of fat from areas such as the hips, abdomen, thighs, buttocks and face. There have been many advances in liposuction procedures over the last few decades, making it one of the safest and most popular body contouring surgeries in the world.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Liposuction?
A good candidate for liposuction should have realistic expectations about the results of this procedure as well as these basic qualities:
- Average or only slightly above-average weight
- Firm, elastic skin
- In good overall health
- Concentrated pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise
Once the anesthesia has been given, the liposuction procedure is performed using a suction device attached to a small, stainless steel instrument called a cannula. Through small incisions, the cannula is inserted into fatty areas between skin and muscle where it removes excess fat either using a suction pump or a large syringe. This results in a smoother, improved body contour. The length of the procedure will vary with the amount of fat needing removal.
Types of Liposuction
Though the basics of liposuction described above remain the same, there are a couple of different techniques that can be used during liposuction. These include:
Tumescent liposuction- During this technique, the surgeon will inject a solution into your fatty areas before the fat is removed. It is made up of a saline solution, a mild painkiller and epinephrine, a drug that contracts your blood vessels. The solution not only helps the surgeon remove the fat more easily but it helps reduce blood loss and provides pain relief during and after surgery.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction- During ultrasound-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat, after which it is removed from the body.
After removing fatty tissue to create a slimmer body, fat can be transfered to other areas to correct skin defects such as deep furrows and wrinkles on the face, or to reshape hips and buttocks. Fat transfer procedures are combined with liposuction; fat is collected from one part of the body where excess exists and then placed in another part of the body where the additional volume is needed.
Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, you can never have an allergic reaction because it's from your own body. That's why fat transfer procedures are safe and convenient; there are no allergic reactions or rejection by the body, as there are no implants.
Under most circumstances, when liposuction is an outpatient procedure, recovery is usually quick. Most people can return to work within a few days and to normal activities within about two weeks. You should expect bruising, swelling and soreness for a least a few weeks. However, every person's outcome will vary based on factors such as volume of fat cells removed and area of removal. Your doctor will discuss what results you can expect to achieve and how to best maintain your new body shape.
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Achieving a flatter, tighter abdominal area is a goal for many people, women and men alike. There are a variety of reasons why someone may be dissatisfied with his or her waistline and abdomen, and the "tummy tuck" procedure, or abdominoplasty, might be an appropriate option for achieving a slimmer, more aesthetically appealing abdominal contour.
This procedure is designed to help patients sculpt and tone their abdominal areas. During a tummy tuck, the surgeon manually tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and sutures them into place. He or she then removes any excess skin from the patient’s abdomen to create a firmer, flatter midsection. The abdominoplasty procedure can be customized to each patient’s specific goals and may include liposuction or be combined with other body lift procedures.
The Best Candidates For a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are in good general health overall.
Women who have muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin. A tummy tuck is also an alternative for men or women who were obese at one point in their lives and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.
Depending on your desired results, this surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours. The complexity of your particular situation also will determine whether you have it completed as an in-patient or outpatient procedure.
There are two options for a tummy tuck. You and your surgeon will discuss your desired results, and he or she will determine the appropriate procedure during your consultation.
In this procedure, an incicion will be made from hipbone to hipbone, the option for those patients who require the most correction. The incision will be made low, at about the same level as your pubic hair. Your surgeon will then manipulate and contour the skin, tissue and muscle as needed. Your belly button will have a new opening if you undergo this procedure, because it's necessary to free your navel from surrounding tissue. Drainage tubes may be placed under your skin and these will be removed in a few days as your surgeon sees fit.
Partial or mini abdominoplasty
Mini-abdominoplasties are often performed on patients whose fat deposits are located below the navel and require shorter incisions. During this procedure, your belly button most likely will not be moved. Your skin will be separated between the line of incision and your belly button. This type of surgery may also be performed with an endoscope (small camera on the end of a tube). The procedure may only take up to two hours, again, depending on your own personal situation and the complexity of your needs.
As expected, you will have pain and swelling in the days following surgery. Your doctor can prescribe a painkiller if needed and will instruct you on how to best handle the pain. Soreness may last for several weeks or months.
You may also experience numbness, bruising and overall tiredness for that same time period.
Whether you're having a partial or complete tummy tuck, your incision site will be stitched and bandaged. It's very important that you follow all your surgeon's instructions on how to care for the bandage in the days following surgery. The bandage used will be a firm, elastic band that promotes proper healing. Your surgeon will also instruct you on how to best position yourself while sitting or lying down to help ease pain.
If you are a physically active person, you will have to limit strenuous exercise for at least six weeks. Your doctor will advise you on this as you go through the process. You may need to take up to one month off of work after the surgery to ensure proper recovery. Again, your doctor will help you determine this based on your personal situation.
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Frequently, when a person loses drastic amounts of weight, there will be excess skin which will need to be treated by direct excision. The most common operations that are needed following a drastic weight loss of from 60 to 150 pounds are the abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, breast reduction, arm lift, thigh lift, and buttock lift. The main goal of each operation is to remove as much excess skin as possible, reshape and recontour the area, and then close the incision in an inconspicuous location. The abdominoplasty and breast reductions were discussed previously. In this chapter, we will deal with arm lifts, buttock lifts, and thigh lifts.
Brachioplasty, or arm lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess skin to tighten, tone and restore a youthful looking contour to the upper arm.
The operation is done under IV sedation or general anesthesia and can take anywhere from two to four hours. The upper arm lift operation begins with an incision along the arm. The location and length of the incision may vary depending on the amount of skin you wish to have removed, as well as the location of the excess skin flap. In the most extreme cases, the incision may extend from the armpit to the elbow to remove the maximum amount of skin. Your doctor may create either a curved or z-shaped incision during the procedure to minimize the appearance of scarring after healing.
If you have excess fat on your arms, you may choose to combine your brachioplasty with liposuction for the best results. After suctioning fat and tightening the skin on the arm, your surgeon will remove the surplus skin of your upper arm and complete the lift by suturing the incision closed.
During the recovery phase, the arms will be quite swollen the first ten days and then gradually improve, with the final result evident by six to eight months postsurgery. Postoperatively, patients will be required to wear supportive Ace wraps for about four weeks. Most patients are very happy with their results and care little about the incisions, which may take up to a year to really mature.
As we begin to notice signs of aging in our faces, the thigh region is showing the aging process even more. With its excess skin and fat, it droops more than any other area of the body. If liposuction cannot improve this area due to flaccid or weak skin, then the only practical option is a thigh lift.
Thigh lift surgery is an excellent way to achieve firmer and more attractive-looking upper legs. Especially helpful for those who have loose, excess skin as a result of weight loss- a thigh lift, or thighplasty, can help tone and refine your legs to give them a more youthful appearance.
There are three different types of thigh lifts that may be performed. They are: the inner thigh lift, the bilateral thigh lift and the medial thigh lift.
Inner Thigh Lift
As indicated by its name, an inner thigh lift targets the inner thigh. During an inner thigh lift, an incision is made at the junction of the thigh and pubic area. A wedge of skin, and possibly fat, is then removed and the skin in tightened to provide an improved leg contour and enhanced skin elasticity.
Bilateral Thigh Lift
The bilateral thigh lift procedure is designed to tighten skin on the front and outside of the leg. During a bilateral thigh lift, the surgeon makes an incision at the top of the leg. A certain amount of skin is then removed before the surgeon pulls the remaining skin up and attaches it to the same area. In this way, a bilateral thigh lift serves to tighten skin along both the right and left side of the leg.
Medial Thigh Lift
A medial thigh lift reduces excess skin and fat on the upper portion of the inner thigh. During a medial thigh lift procedure, an incision is made in the groin that goes to the back of the crease of the buttock. Skin in then lifted and excess skin and fat are removed to improve the shape of the leg and tighten the skin.
Following the operation, soft dressings are placed over the incision sites. The operation is usually done as an outpatient procedure, but some physicians keep their patients overnight. Postoperatively, patients must drastically limit their activities. During recovery, the patient’s best position is a supine position, with the legs slightly separated; another suitable position is a standing position.
Postoperatively, patients will not be allowed to sit for at least two weeks. Most patients are back to their activities in about two-and-a-half weeks, and back to full activity in four to six weeks.
Lower Body Lifting
Lower body lifting concentrates on the outer thigh area, although the lateral or outer thigh lift is essentially the same as the inner thigh lift. The goal of this procedure is to get rid of the excess skin and fat. The incision is made along the outer hip area, and excess skin and fat is excised under general anesthesia. This procedure is often called a Belt Lipectomy.
A Brazilian butt lift enhances the size and shape of a patient’s butt so that it better fits his or her figure and provides an attractive, prominent rear end. People with excess, droopy skin in the area just beneath the buttocks are great candidates for a buttock lift. Sometimes severe cellulite can be improved with this procedure as well.
In order to perform butt lift surgery, fat from areas of the body such as the back, abdomen, hips, and thighs is removed through liposuction. The fat cells are purified and only the best tissue is used for injection into the buttocks at various depths for a natural look and feel. The final result is a rounder, fuller behind.
Postoperatively, the main obstacle to healing and recovery is not being able to sit. Patients usually must lie on their stomachs the entire time during that first week. But gradually, as the incisions knit together, the patient can resume normal activity, including sitting down.
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