Most people are aware that liposuction is a surgical procedure which removes pockets of fat from certain parts of the body to create a more streamlined shape. It can be used to get rid of that dreaded muffin top, love handles or any other pockets of fat.
Most of the time, fat can be reduced via diet and exercise. If you increase the number of calories you are burning or decrease the amount you are consuming, your body will be in a deficit and will start burning up your fat reserves as fuel. It’s a simple equation, which can be difficult to stick to but when you get it right it works every time.
However, there are some fat deposits on the body which can be resistant to diet and exercise, such as the lower abdomen, buttocks or saddle bags. Liposuction is usually used to reduce these fat deposits on the body and create a slimmer shape overall to complement the effects of diet and exercise. In the year 2009, more than 243,000 women had liposuction to remove fat from various parts of their bodies.
The most common areas for liposuction included the chin, neck, upper arms, buttocks, hips, cheeks, calves, ankles, knees and upper breast. But how does it actually work?
How Does Liposuction Work?
The Liposuction procedure first consists of the surgeon consulting with the patient in order to examine their body composition and advise them on the best sort of approach they should take to their overall fat reduction. There will usually be a diet and exercise regime which will precede the surgery, laid out by the doctor.
When it comes to the actual surgery, the plastic surgeon will insert a tube (which is called a cannulae) into areas which contain fat and use a special suction device known as an aspirator to suck the fat out of the body through the tube. The process also often involves injecting fluids into the areas where the fat has been removed so that the fat cells will be loosened. Also, salts and a localised anesthesia will be added into the areas in order to reduce the internal strain on the body.
After the operation is completed, a pressure bandage will be wrapped around the area, or an elastic garment will be worn. The tissues which have been operated on might be bruised and swollen and this will fade over the next few weeks or months. Most patients feel a small amount of discomfort after the surgery, but often they are able to return to work after a few days. There can be minimal scars from the procedure, but they will fade over time and surgeons will position their incisions so that the scars will be hidden from view
Is it a Permanent Solution to Weight loss?
Liposuction is a way to remove the pockets of fat within your body, but it is not a permanent way to slim down as you will still need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep yourself thin. Many people believe that liposuction is a magical way that a fat person can be transformed into a skinny person, but that is not the truth. The reality is that liposuction is suited for patients who are in relatively good physical shape and have tried other methods of weight loss and cannot rid themselves of certain pockets of accumulated fat.
You cannot have the surgical procedure done and then spend the rest of your day drinking milkshakes and eating cheese burgers without regaining those pockets of fat again. It is important to keep a healthy diet and a good exercise regimen to keep the weight back on. Your body will be trying to regain the weight to balance its metabolism and those hormones will not be changed by liposuction.
In some cases, women find themselves gaining back the weight in different parts of the body which have not undergone the surgery. For example, some patients who have undergone liposuction on the hips and thighs find that their arms are bigger or their bra is tighter. However, this redistribution of weight is totally unpredictable and unique to each person.
When it comes down to it, liposuction is not a shortcut to weight loss but it can be a way to remove pockets of fat from certain areas of your body which will not respond to diet or exercise.
Have you ever wondered how liposuction really works? To find out more about this procedure, contact Bakersfield Liposuction for more information.