- Liposuction is not the healthiest way to lose weight
- Liposuction is not a one-stop miracle cure for losing unwanted fats
- There are limits on how much fat could be removed for each liposuction session
- Severely suffering from obesity should first bring their weight down to safer levels before liposuction
- Liposuction removes deep fat deposits and may not be as equally effective in removing cellulite
- Skin usually returns to its normal size or shrinks back to fit your new size
- Liposuction is a permanent way of removing fat cells
- Liposuction is not a guarantee that you will never suffer from weight problems
Reasons for liposuction
Liposuction should not be your first choice when planning to lose weight. This should only be considered when all else has failed (exercise, healthy diet) or when these don’t produce desired results. Liposuction can be used as a medical treatment for people suffering from severe obesity.
Liposuction can be used for a more targeted approach to fat removal or sculpt specific areas of the body. These areas include the buttocks, legs, thighs, hips, breast, arms and stomach. In fact, liposuction today is considered as an aesthetic procedure rather than a medical treatment.
Liposuction is one of the most effective ways of losing weight. But even it has its limits and multiple treatments might be advised for those with severe weight problems. Liposuctions are usually performed under local anesthesia depending on the amount of fats to be removed and location.
Bruises, tenderness and mild pain should be expected after liposuction. Bruising usually only lasts for a week and swelling in a few days. Pain is a common complaint but could be treated with pain medications and no further medical intervention is necessary.
Liposuction does not require lengthy hospital stays. Patients are discharged upon careful evaluation of a doctor. Patients can resume their activities of daily living in a few days but are advised not to lift heavy weights.
Risks and Complications
Bleeding is a constant risk for any type of surgery. Blood clots can result from broken blood vessels. When bleeding is not addressed immediately, blood could escape into surrounding tissues. This condition is also referred to as hematoma. Hematomas are hard raised bruises. You might notice skin discoloration which indicates blood. Swelling, inflammation and pain are tell-tale signs of bleeding.
Necrosis or tissue death can also be a complication with surgery. Tissue death results when blood supply is lost in the area. This could ultimately lead to gangrene and the only way to treat this condition is to remove the affected area.
Scars are visible results of surgery. This is seen on areas where cuts have been made. Skilled surgeons are able to minimize the size of the scar or hide these entirely. If surgical cuts are performed on skin folds or hidden in the hairline, scars become less visible. Proper wound care also minimizes scarring.
Infection is a big possibility during liposuction. Surgical incisions destroy the body’s natural barrier to infection, our skin. But this does not only happen during surgery. Improper wound care can expose open wounds to infection.