Liposuction is the removal of excess fat from under the skin by suction. The fat is removed through small blunt tubes that are inserted through tiny cuts in skin.
There are various techniques of liposuction:
Tumescent liposuction is a technique to minimise pain, where a local anesthetic numbs the area where the tube will be inserted. Then, before the liposuction commences, a large amount of an anesthetic solution is injected into the fatty tissue.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is a technique where an ultrasound is used to help melt the fat, making it easier to draw out and is often used from the upper abdomen, sides, and back.
Laser-assisted liposuction is a similar technique to the above, however uses low-energy waves to liquefy the fat.
Liposuction is appropriate for people who wish to reshape areas of the body that do not respond well to a healthy diet and exercise. Liposuction can also be used to treat the following medical conditions
- Benign fatty tumours
- Abnormal enlargement of the male’s breast
- Problems with metabolism
- Excessive sweating in the armpit area
Liposuction patients benefit from increased self-confidence, which has a positive influence in all areas of life, allowing for improved social behaviour and wellbeing. Additionally, liposuction can be the first step and kick-starter of a healthier lifestyle.
However in addition to the benefits, there are also some risks. Side effects may include temporary swelling, bruising, soreness, irritation, minor scaring and baggy or rippling skin.
It is important to note that liposuction is not used to treat obesity. It will not get rid of cellulite or stretch marks.