Liposuction Procedure Continues to Evolve

Liposuction has been around since the 70s so there definitely has been enough time for the liposuction procedure itself to evolve and get better. If you are seriously considering liposuction you need to be sure that you are asking questions beyond what has been involved in the traditional method of this popular procedure.

Even with today’s advances there are still risks involved. Current liposuction procedures use various advances to assist in the process. Tumescent, laser assisted and ultrasonic assisted liposuction promise to remove more fat cells more easily than ever before. There is less blood loss, less discomfort, and less risk involved. Liposuction is currently the most popular plastic surgery performed in the US, which is not surprising since sixty-five percent of the United States is considered over weight.

The Best Candidate for a Liposuction Procedure

You are a good candidate for the liposuction procedure if you meet the following criteria:

  • over eighteen
  • good health
  • skin is of good elasticity
  • normal weight

Though liposuction is associated with very overweight people in the popular mindset, most doctors recommend liposuction for people who are of normal weight, but who want to tone up a few troubled areas.

You are a bad candidate for a liposuction procedure if you fall into these categories:

  • not a risk taker(there are many complications involved)
  • cost is an issue(liposuction is not covered by medical insurance)
  • you are overweight or obese and trying to lose weight
  • you have a disease or are on medication that affects wound healing
  • your skin elasticity is not adequate
  • you are diabetic
  • you have a heart condition.

The Procedure Specifics

During the liposuction procedure, there are several things that must occur. First, the patient and the surgeon need to concur prior to surgery which areas will be worked on and what the results will most likely look like. On the day of the surgery, a consent form needs to be signed. About an hour before or after the surgery, the doctor will most likely give the patient an antibiotic (some doctors don’t do this) to avoid infection. The doctor needs to mark on the patient’s body what the target areas are. Once in the operating room, a sterilizing solution will be applied to the area that is being operated on. A local anesthetic is injected into the patient, and the patient might be given a sedative. The doctor makes very small incisions during the surgery; they are only about a quarter to a third of an inch. The patient will feel a scraping or rasping sensation, but other than that the surgery will not be painful. Blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen level will be monitored during the surgery. The patient is usually able to get up and walk around immediately after surgery.

The procedure itself will vary slightly depending on what methods are used whether it be traditional, tumescent, laser or ultrasonic. Please be sure to discuss the all the options available to you before you make a choice on which liposuction procedure is best for you. Though you may not fall into the ideal candidate category there are options for you that may include liposuction down the road. An honest discussion with your doctors will ensure you are on the right path to the health and look that you want.

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