Liposuction

smokingMany people wish to either lose weight in order to regain the shapely figure they once possessed or they decide that they are tired of the sagging areas of their body and want to be rid of these flabby areas. Whatever the reason for their decision most of the time they find that their goal of ridding themselves of these problem areas proves more difficult than what they imagined.

This can be especially true when dealing with the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck and the backs of arms. Although there are exercises that can help to achieve the goal of ridding the flab from these problem areas, they tend to be very slow and not as effective as hoped for. This being the case a large number of people choose the option of Liposuction.

Technology has advanced liposuction techniques

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty (fat modeling), liposculpture suction lipectomy or simply lipo (suction assisted fat removal), is a cosmetic surgery that removes fat from many different sites on the human body. These areas range from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks to the neck and the backs of arms. Liposuction can be used in other areas of the body as well, dependent on the exact amount of fat to be removed and the location.

Although liposuction does offer a quick removal of fat from the body, there are limits as to how much fat can be safely removed in one session. The operating physician and patient make the decision on the amount of fat removed but there are aspects to consider such as the fact that removing too much fat can cause lumpiness or dents in the skin if a patient is over suctioned. Another consideration is that the more fat removed the higher the surgical risk becomes.

Origins of liposuction and body contouring

Liposuction-3Liposuction was developed by Doctors Giorgio and Arpad Fisher, two Italian-American surgeons who worked in Rome, Italy, in 1974. Although these two doctors did officially invent the procedure the roots for it date back to the 1920’s when a French surgeon, Charles Dujarier, performed a similar procedure on a French model in 1926. Unfortunately, the result was that the model developed gangrene in her leg, this caused a set back in any interest in body contouring for decades.
Although developmental work was taking place in the late 1960’s by surgeons in Europe it was not until the 1980’s that many surgeons in the United States began experimenting with the liposuction technique, achieving mixed results. During the 1990’s the use of ultrasounds was introduced to speed up the removal of the fat by liquefying it using ultrasonic energy. Overall, there have been many varying techniques instituted to improve the liposuction technique over the years.

With over 30 years of improvements the result is that more fat cells can be more easily removed with less blood loss, discomfort and risk to the patient. Improvements are continuously being made that can even shorten the recovery period. The patient can feel confident in knowing that liposuction is not as risky as originally thought.

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