Liposuction: Is Fat Removal Permanent?
Liposuction is still one of the best options when it comes to changing your body shape and removing large quantities of fat. Certain areas of the body especially areas where one has tried to lose fat through diet and exercise, but failed are candidates for liposuction. The most common areas requested are the stomach and the thigh area. The maximum that a surgeon can take from one area at a time is ten pounds of fat which in reality is absolutely amazing and still trumps any other weight loss procedure on the market.
Liposuction has been around since 1982 when it exploded onto the market creating a new dawn for cosmetic surgery. In its time it has been considered and is still considered a revolutionary procedure that changes the lives of the people receiving this procedure. Many people have gone into clinics all over the world feeling ugly and fat having emerged confident and slimmer. Liposuction allows the patient to boost their self esteem and confidence. There is still not a product or cosmetic procedure on the market that compares to lipo when it comes to the amount of fat that can be removed.
The tumescent liposuction technique used today can be done under local anesthetic allowing the surgeon more freedom and avoiding unnecessary risk or stress to the patient. Once the patient is prepared for surgery, the anesthesia is administered. A tube called a cannula is then inserted into the area that is to be drained of the fat and the procedure begins. The surgeon has many responsibilities to perform during the surgery which include deciding when the right amount of fat has been removed to avoid sagging skin and to make sure that the patient is in the least amount of pain and discomfort when they are undergoing and recuperating from the procedure.
On average people are allowed to return to work when they feel ready usually between 2 days and 2 weeks. It all comes down to where the procedure was done on the person’s body although the patient may be required to keep the bandages on for up to 4 weeks. The pain can be controlled by over the counter medication such as Tylenol or painkillers that are available with a prescription. The swelling and bruising can take up to a month to completely go away with traditional liposuction. However with tumescent liposuction, there is less bruising and swelling. It does take longer to heal than other fat removal procedures but the effect can be dramatic and longer lasting. The fat that has been removed is permanent and will not return unless you suddenly gain weight through either pregnancy or poor diet and exercise. The fat can redistribute to other areas that did not receive liposuction. It is always advisable that if you want to retain your new figure that you have to work at it by following a sensible and healthy diet as well as exercising regularly. This is the only sure fire way.