Monday, May 11, 2009

Liposuction 101

Liposuction is considered medical treatment used for body resculpting by removing fat tissue, and in so doing, improve cellulite conditions. Depending on the area being treated and the amount of fatty tissue being removed, this treatment may be done under a local or general anaesthetic. A cannula, a small hollow tube like apparatus, is inserted through small incisions and manipulated under the skin to remove the fat tissue with suction.

There are different methods of liposuction used. Some involve injecting a fluid containing an anaesthetic, like Lidocaine, and something to contract blood vessels and minimize bruising like epinephrine. The solution used helps to free fat cells and facilitates their removal. Liposuction is not a replacement for dieting and exercise, it is most effective for relatively fit patients that have certain areas with a predisposition to fat storage and cellulite. There are many important things to consider with liposuction. It must be done by a well-trained practitioner, as the cannula must be manipulated to remove the fatty tissue in a manner that leaves the skin smooth and even afterwards, not dimpled and uneven.

Anticoagulants must be avoided before the treatment. It is recommended to avoid smoking for at least two months prior to the procedure. Post care may involve wearing tension garments for 4 to 6 weeks, which will depend on the area treated and how extensive the treatment was. Ideally after healing completely the area will be smooth, even in texture and color and there will only be the small scar where the incision(s) used to insert the cannula was. Liposuction can give great results but it is not a quick fix and will involve a financial and time commitment to enjoy the results.