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Monday, April 12, 2010

Liposuction

While exercise and dieting may be useful for ridding oneself of unwanted weight and fat, some fat deposits simply do not respond to an individual's efforts. Many have been the emails that Better Looks has received (and continues to receive!) from clients in just this position. Fortunately, we can offer them just the right surgery to help them loose those excessive and frustrating fat deposits: liposuction.

During the procedure (also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy), your doctor makes a tiny incision and inserts a hollow, stainless steel tube (called a cannula) into the deep fat layer. You must know that working on this layer is safer than working on the superficial fat layer because there is less risk of injuring the skin. In a typical liposuction procedure, your surgeon pushes and pulls the tube through the fat layer. As the cannula moves, it breaks up the localized fat cells while a vacuum pump or syringe removes the fat using suction.

Nonetheless, you must keep in mind that liposuction is not a low-effort alternative to exercise and diet. It is a form of body contouring and not a weight loss method. The amount of fat removed varies depending on your specialist, the method used and the patient goals; however, the average amount is typically less than 10 pounds (5 kg).

There are several factors that limit the amount of fat that can be safely removed in one session. Ultimately, the operating physician and the patient make the decision. There are negative aspects to removing too much fat. Unusual "lumpiness" in the skin may appear in those patients that are over suctioned.

The contouring that is possible through liposuction may cause the appearance of weight loss to be greater than the actual amount of fat removed. The procedure may be performed under general or local ("tumescent") anesthesia. The safety of the technique relates to the amount of tissue removed, the choice of anesthetic and the patient's health in general.

Men and women of virtually any age have enjoyed cosmetic improvement through liposuction. Ideal candidates are people in their normal weight range with one or several areas to reduce and shape. An individual who is overweight but stable in his or her weight pattern with one or two areas to improve can also benefit from the procedure. However, it is especially important for this patient to have realistic expectations and look forward to contouring enhancement rather than weight reduction.

If you are interested in having a liposuction procedure performed, please feel free to visit the body contouring section of our website. If you have any questions, please write to us! We are always more than happy to help people achieve their body sculpting dreams.

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