If you are considering liposuction, which is now a very safe and popular treatment for body contouring, here are a few key facts of interest…
It is not a cure for obesity
The first thing to make clear is that liposuction is not a treatment or cure for obesity – for many people it is a procedure which must be carried out in conjunction with lifestyle and weight-loss decisions to help complete an overall aesthetic look. If you’ve already worked hard on your body at the gym and tried to lose weight through diet and lifestyle changes, liposuction can help add those finishing touches to relatively small areas of the body.
It can help with those fatty bits that just won’t shift
Many people who opt for liposuction do so because they have localised areas of fat deposits which are disproportionate to the rest of their body and which don’t respond to exercise in the same way as other parts do. This is especially apparent when you consider the difference between the sexes in requests for liposuction: research suggests liposuction is performed more commonly on the thighs and abdomen of women, and the abdomen and flanks (sides, love-handles) of men.
For great results you need a great surgeon
Lipo was once considered a rather basic form of cosmetic surgery because it simply removed fatty tissue. But, in the hands of a skilled surgeon like The Private Clinic’s triple-board certified Dr Ricardo Ferla, the procedure is now able to follow the contours of the underlying muscle structure to create more aesthetic definition throughout the body.
It is very effective in combination with other procedures
Although liposuction is often used as a procedure on a relatively small part of the body for a specific look, it can also be teamed up with other procedures to create an overall appearance. A skin lifting procedure such as abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, or a thigh lift is commonly used for people whose skin is no longer elastic enough (either because of age, medical condition or pregnancy) to adapt to the newly sculpted contour. Indeed, ‘mommy makeovers’ are now very popular! (Find out more on this site)
It’s popular for treating enlarged breasts in older men
At least one in four men aged between 50 and 80 develop larger breasts – a condition known as gynecomastia in which fat accumulates under a man’s nipples. This can occur because of natural hormone changes, certain medications such as antidepressants, ulcer treatments, heart medications, alcohol, some herbal products, and specific medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism and cirrhosis. Liposuction is used to remove some of the fat, reducing the swelling.
It can be used for contouring after dramatic weight loss
In cases of extreme weight loss after obesity caused by bariatric surgery (gastric band or bypass procedure) the patient will often require treatment or a procedure to correct excess skin and other abnormalities. As well as the more common lift and tuck surgery, liposuction is used to correct abnormalities and create a more contoured finish.
It’s good for chronic sweating
Perhaps surprisingly, lipo has also been shown to help excessive underarm sweating. Axillary bromhidrosis is a common but unpleasant and distressing problem faced by many people and malodour can be a social handicap. Liposuction can help, ask Dr Ricardo Ferla how.