Everything you want to know about liposuction
Surgical lipolysis for conventional fat removal
A casual glance at newspapers or magazines will make it obvious that the latest beauty trend that seems to have caught everyone’s fancy is weight loss. Wherever you look full page advertisements promise an hour glass figure, inch and spot reduction, no pain, no downtime and a body shape that will turn your neighbors green with envy. Various machines, teas and capsules assure the gullible of easy solutions for getting rid of stubborn fat. But how many of us bother to check the efficacy and safety of all products or whether the effects are temporary or permanent?
Surgical and non-surgical liposuction or fat removal is also called lipolysis. It may be indicated if you have areas of fat deposits that appear out of proportion with the rest of your body and you can’t shake them off with a proper diet and regular exercise. The results are best in areas with minimal excess skin and good skin elasticity because lipolysis removes only fat, and if you already have loose skin, it will simply accentuate the problem.
Liposuction surgery may be considered to treat areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breast enlargement), back, arms and neck.one surgically or non-surgically. Surgical fat removal is the conventional method of getting rid of unwanted fat.
The basic technique of liposuction involves the removal of fat via a hollow metal tube (cannula) that is passed through the fatty tissue. The traditional, conventional technique involves sucking out fat by attaching a pump that generates a vacuum. This is known as suction assisted liposuction (SAL). Sometimes, a motor may be used on the cannula to make it move back and forth. This is referred to as a power assisted liposuction (PAL). An ultrasonic generator may produce sound waves above audible frequency to break fat cells which are then removed by SAL.
Laser liposuction uses lasers that liquefy fat with lasers, making it easier to vacuum out via a cannula or tube. Since lasers produce and spread heat within tissues, they indirectly stimulate the production of collagen to tighten the skin in the area being treated, thus giving it a smoother, firmer appearance. Laser lipolysis is achieved by either lasers or ultrasonic waves.
Laser lipolysis is the gold standard laser liposuction technique where a devise assisted laser is used to melt fat which is then sucked out with a cannula. In vaser lipolysis ultrasonic waves are used to melt fat which is then sucked out through a cannula. The third option is power assisted liposuction involving devices that are easier for surgeons to control, allowing for more precise fat removal. It works by producing rapid, small vibrations to break up fat that is then easily suctioned out through a cannula. Conventional liposuction is a physically taxing procedure for the doctor and requires excellent skills, keen aesthetics and a keen eye of detail. Laser lipolysis on the other hand is less about control and more about perfection and skill on the part of the doctor.
Patients should be aware that while pain and bruising are common side effects, burns are a real possibility when the procedure is improperly carried out. I find it ludicrous when I hear of cases where clients have measured the success of the procedure by the number of kilos of fat suctioned out whereas the real purpose of liposuction is shaping the concerned area and not the quantity of fat removed.