Liposuction surgery has been used to improve many areas of the body with stubborn fat pockets including the thighs, arms, neck, hips, waist, back, inner knee, chest, cheeks, chin, and calves. Liposuction can be performed alone for a targeted area or can be done in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck.
Many people in good health and a reasonable level of fitness may still have localized fat deposits that leave the body with disproportionate contours despite all their efforts to lose the fat. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness. For many people, diet and exercise alone are often not enough to remove excess fatty tissue in problem areas. Liposuction is one of the best and most effective means to safely and permanently remove unwanted fat. The procedure involves the injection of tumescent solution that will provide pain and blood loss control into the problematic areas of your body. Small tubes are attached to a suction machine are then subsequently inserted into tiny incisions that are inconspicuous and easily hidden. These tiny tubes are then used to suction unwanted fatty tissue and remove it from beneath the skin..
The basic steps are the same with all liposuction procedures. Incisions are made in the skin, and fat is suctioned out from beneath the skin using a thin tube known as a cannula. Liposuction techniques differ in two main ways — the amount of wetting solution used to dilute the fat and the method used to break up the fat cells, such a laser or sound waves. What distinguishes tumescent liposuction from other forms of the procedure is that it uses the largest amount of wetting solution. Wetting solutions are infused into the fatty layer of your skin before the fat is vacuumed out. Before wetting solutions came along, surgeons went in dry, and the result was bleeding and bruising. The tumescent solution contains salt water, adrenaline and a local anesthetic. The adrenaline shrinks blood vessels to minimize blood loss in the fat to be extracted.
What should you expect if you determine that tumescent liposuction is right for you? The area of your body where fat will be removed will be marked accordingly. Anesthesia that is right for you will be determined. Tumescent liposuction usually involves a local anesthesia which eliminates some of the risks. Next, a solution is administered directly into the fatty deposits under your skin, in preparation for the procedure. Depending on the surgeon’s preference, laser or ultrasound can be used to make the fat removal easier and potentially more effective.
There is a variety of liposuction techniques available, including ultrasound-assisted liposuction and water-assisted liposuction. You will decide on which type works best for your problem areas and your body type.
While liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a replacement for regular exercise or good eating habits, liposuction can change your body to reflect your healthy lifestyle and improve your self-image and your self-esteem.
Source: “Tumescent Liposuction Surgery Â What Is the Difference?” Tumescent Liposuction. Web. 13 Feb. 2013.