Liposuction is something that many of us may have considered in our lives as we stand in front of the mirror pinching that stubborn roll of fat that just seems to hang out on our hips no matter what we do.
I had tried every diet to lose weight; from low fat, no fat, high fat, high protein, low sugar and everything inbetween. I even got swept up into that ridiculous Paleo diet that claimed to be the be-all and end-all as far as weight loss was concerned. Plus, as a vegetarian, I was pretty stuck for options when it came to meals – everything on that diet is meat!
I was fast approaching my fortieth birthday and did not want to be the subject of sympathetic looks when I shoehorned myself into my dress and minced into the restaurant – no, I wanted to get gasps of envy and amazement.
The only problem was, no amount of exercise was helping me to get the body I wanted. So, I asked a friend who had started to look suspiciously good of late what her secret was, and it turned out I was right. She had had a liposuction procedure. She referred me on to her doctor and before you know it, I was in the doctor’s office discussing the safe removal of fat during liposuction and all manner of other weight loss and body sculpting things.
What I’ve Learned About Liposuction
I wanted to share some of the facts about liposuction here with you, because I learned a couple of things before I had my procedure that surprised me. Let’s take a look!
1. Complication Risk Rises When The Amount Of Fat Removed Increases
When you are getting liposuction, it makes sense to want to take out as much fat as possible from your body while you can. There’s no point in doing something in halves, right? After all, if you’ve been working out and slaving away in the gym for weeks without any shift of the stubborn bits, it can be a bit demoralising to think that even liposuction won’t help you!
While many surgeons will say that five litres is the safe maximum, other doctors have warned that this is an arbitrary figure plucked from nowhere, and that the risk increases with the fat removed.
The amount of fat you want removed from liposuction will be determined through a joint discussion between the doctor and you, and studies have found that the complication risk of your procedure increases depending on the amount of fat you have taken out. If you have a high BMI as well, this further increases complications. The complication is usually from a seroma which is swelling caused by excess fluid in the body.
2. Liposuction Isn’t For Obese People
While liposuction is a word for fat removal, it’s not a treatment that can be used for weight loss, or indeed, obesity. In fact, in order to be a good potential candidate for liposuction, you should be within around 30% of your ideal body weight.
Liposuction is good for removing fat that hasn’t responded to exercise and diet, and this kind of fat is usually more to do with genes and diet as opposed to lifestyle. You should be fit, active and a non-smoker to get the best possible results.
3. Who Is Performing The Liposuction?
Liposuction is performed most frequently by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, and to be sure that you’re getting the best results, make sure that you ask about your doctors’ training and experience.
4. How Does Liposuction Work?
To get liposuction, your doctor is going to make a small incision and then inject a saltwater based numbing medication, along with a medication that will control bleeding, before beginning the process. After this, the doctor will insert a hollow tube through the incision and use it to break up the fat deposits. A small surgical vacuum or syringe is used to suck out fat through the cannula.
5. Lasers Will Help
Liposuction as it is performed nowadays includes the use of lasers to help to break down the fat. This liquefies the fat and makes it easier to remove with less bruising, swelling and often a speedier recovery.
6. There Are Risks
Liposuction is safe when it’s performed by an experienced plastic surgeon or dermatologist but at the end of the day, it’s still surgery. The biggest risk is that a blood clot or a fat clot travels into your lungs or brain. While this is rare, it is still a risk and it can happen. It pays to be sure that you have discussed all of the potential risks with your doctor so that you can make an informed choice about your body and your procedure.
I hope this information has helped you if you’re considering a liposuction. Good luck with your weight loss journey!