Do those saddle bags or muffin tops get you down every day? Perhaps your confidence in the workplace has taken a massive knock. The good news is you can get rid of localised fat with liposuction and regain your confidence, ensuring you seal the deal every time.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that vacuums out your fat just below the skins’ surface. It works to reduce fullness in areas like the hips, stomach, buttocks, thighs, knees, neck, cheeks, chin, and upper arms. While the procedure produces permanent changes to the contour of your body, it’s no substitute for a low-fat diet and exercise. That means you still need to pack carefully prepared and thought about lunches and try to hit the gym before or after work, or even at lunchtime. Liposuction won’t tighten loose skin, so you still need to sculpt and tone through exercise.
How Does It Work?
Liposuction works to reshape your body by removing some of your fat cells. Many people believe that when you gain weight, the number of fat cells in the body increase. However, this is a myth. We all have a fixed amount of fat cells and when you gain weight, those cells grow larger. When you lose weight, they shrink. It is your genes that determine how many fat cells you have and where they are distributed. Some people will have more fat cells in some body areas than other people. For instance, women tend to have more fat cells in their hips and thighs.
Liposuction will permanently remove some of the fat cells, but those that remain can still grow bigger if you gain weight. This is why it is important to watch your diet and exercise after liposuction to avoid weight gain. The patients who usually do the best are those who attempt to reach their ideal weight before having the procedure.
Different Liposuction Techniques
There are several liposuction techniques. The most commonly used begin by infusing the area that you are going to have treated with a solution of a local anaesthetic, saline, and a drug to constrict blood vessels. A hollow tube is then attached to the vacuum and inserted into the fat layer just beneath the skin’s surface. The tube is moved through the fat layer to break up the fat in the area and that dislodged fat is sucked out of your body through a surgical vacuum or syringe.
- Tumescent technique – the solution will be two to three times the amount of fat to be removed.
- Super-wet technique – the fluid infused is the same amount as the amount of fat to be removed.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction – ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat.
- Power-assisted liposuction – this method uses a motorised cannula to push and pull itself as the fat is suctioned.
The technique you decide on will depend on surgeons’ preference and skills. Ultimately, the tumescent method offers improved safety and the fastest recovery time with very little side effects.
If you have had or are thinking about liposuction to help with your image and your career, let us know what your thoughts on the matter are.
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