Strictly Body Contouring, Why Liposuction Might Be For You

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Strictly Body Contouring, Why Liposuction Might Be For You
July 27
05:59 2016

For many of us, having stubborn areas of fat throughout your body can be incredibly frustrating. It is especially excruciating for those who diet and exercise and are seeing minimal or unsatisfactory results.

Liposuction is not a surgical procedure for weight loss, nor is it for everyone. It is a body contouring procedure and is best suited for individuals who are in relatively good shape but would like to lose protrusions of fat in specific areas, improving their body’s overall shape. Those who are very overweight are not good candidates.

“Liposuction procedures continue to be very common because their safety and results have been well established,” said Dr. Mariusz Sapijaszko, a dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon and medical director at Youthful Image Clinic in Edmonton. “When diet and exercise have failed, liposuction may be your solution.”

An ideal candidate for the procedure is someone who is not only in decent shape and wants to lose the disproportionate accumulations of fat on their body, but who also has a healthy skin tone and good elasticity, which will help ensure a sound result with few contour irregularities and effectual skin retraction (the younger you are, the greater the retraction).

Those with exceptionally loose skin should pursue a tummy tuck or skin excision instead. With liposuction, the skin must be healthy and have elasticity or flexibility, so that it will decrease effectively following surgery.

Strictly Body Contouring, Why Liposuction Might Be For You

Strictly Body Contouring, Why Liposuction Might Be For You

“The best candidate for liposuction is someone who is relatively young with skin tone, and their skin will contract nicely following reduction of the fat,” said Dr. Gregory Waslen, a plastic surgeon and medical director at The Plastic Surgery Centre in Calgary. “If your skin tone is poor or because of pregnancy with stretching, then certainly there are skin procedures that can be combined with liposuction to not only remove the fat with liposuction, but to also tighten the skin. For instance, a common one would be a tummy tuck or a thigh lift, or a body lift, or a type of breast lift. Those operations are designed to tighten skin.”

Both Dr. Waslen and Dr. Sapijaszko elaborated on the contemporary advances in liposuction skin tightening and fat removal. Dr. Sapijaszko explained new techniques including BodyTite® and SmartLipo®. Basically, the fat and the skin are heated during these procedures, which results in remarkable skin tightening.

“Today we do something called SAFE liposuction, which stands for Separation of fat, Aspiration of fat and Fat Equalization,” Dr. Waslen explained. “This is a newer technique of liposuction, which allows the stem cells that are located in the fat to encourage skin contracture. Fat has a large number of stem cells. So when you harvest fat, you can actually separate the stem cells. These cells are really important in producing other types of cells to help you heal. So if you are able to preserve some of these cells when you do liposuction, you can actually encourage the skin to be in better quality. This technique also helps in shrinking loose skin.”

Furthermore, Dr. Waslen expounded that cellulite cannot be treated by any current forms of liposuction.

Strictly Body Contouring, Why Liposuction Might Be For You

Strictly Body Contouring, Why Liposuction Might Be For You

“Presently, there is no best technique for removing or reducing cellulite. There are several manufacturers that state cellulite can be improved, although there is only minimal correction. Cellulaze® is a technique using a micro fibre laser. Lasers destroy fat cells by burning or heat, [but] if not done precisely, this can cause deep scaring and soft tissue deformity, which can be difficult or impossible to correct.”

The liposuction procedure utilizes a cannula (a small stainless steel cylinder), which is connected to a pump, and once tiny incisions are made in the skin, the cylinder is placed into the targeted fatty areas. The cannula will generate miniscule channels in the fatty areas, and the fat cells will be removed. Following the surgery, the channels will cave in, and scarring is very rare. While most fat cells will be removed, some will remain in the areas that were treated. However, the excessive weight can return.

“During liposuction, fat cells are removed, making the results permanent,” Dr. Sapijaszko confirmed. “Only in the cases of excessive weight gain, the fat cells can regenerate. In my experience of over 10 years, there have only been a few patients that required repeat liposuction in the same areas. To maintain the results, it is critical that the other components of optimal lifestyle are maintained or even strengthened. These include good diet, healthy lifestyle, proper exercise and good life/work balance. These measures will ensure that the liposuction results continue to amaze you and those around you.”

The amount of time needed to recover from liposuction can vary. If a surgeon utilizes a sound technique throughout the procedure, a patient can then expect only mild bruising and an easier recovery. But if there’s considerable bruising, normal actions such as sitting, standing and changing positions can be painful, and medication might be prescribed. Patients should also plan to take up to two weeks off before returning to work, and they can still expect discomfort for weeks, while not feeling fully back to normal until at least a few months afterwards.

The earliest results can be seen in 10 days to two weeks following the operation. You might have to wait approximately six months to see the final results of liposuction.

Strictly Body Contouring, Why Liposuction Might Be For You

Strictly Body Contouring, Why Liposuction Might Be For You

Liposuction is considered a safe procedure, but according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are several complications that can occur, including uneven contours, nerve or skin damage, infection, blood clots, bleeding and skin discolouration, as well as nerve, muscle, lung and abdominal muscle injuries.

If you are considering liposuction, ensure that you consult with board certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons who have extensive experience and are willing to answer all of your questions. They will also elaborate on what specific procedure is best for you, while informing you of any potential risks. Qualified medical professionals will take their time to guide you through each step of the process and inform you of everything that’s involved.

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