Fast Facts on Liposuction

question markHere are some quick facts about Liposuction:

  • 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.

Expectations

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.

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Natural Skin Tightening Methods after Liposuction

Happy Active PeopleSagging skin is just one of the unsightly results of rapid weight loss. Just like clothes that suddenly don’t fit after liposuction surgery which is a welcome surprise for those battling cellulite deposits, skin appears to loosen up in areas where liposuction has just been performed. It is especially disturbing to know especially when you’ve just lost serious pounds only to find that you are suddenly suffering from sagging skin.

There’s an over-abundance of over the counter skin-tightening solutions. Creams which promise to miraculously firm your skin and bring that youthful glow. But this just like any quick-fix treatments do not benefit your overall health. These might even contain chemicals that could have adverse effects on your skin.

The best solution is to go all-natural.  Search for products that have been certified as all natural eliminating the dangers or complications. By staying on the natural side of skin tightening, you don’t only ensure that you get your desired results but also keep everything healthy. It might not produce the fastest results but you’re sure that natural skin tightening stays longer.

Natural skin tightening works by normalizing the production of collagen and elastin. These are two essential components needed for healthy skin. Collagen and elastin keeps your skin tight and looking young.

Exercising regularly

What’s a good way to get rid of loose skin? If you want to fill-in those areas where cellulite deposits have been removed then why not replace it with muscles. Regular exercise keeps fat from coming back while giving your body that natural tone. Exercising promotes blood circulation which makes it easier for nutrients to reach the skin. Improved circulation also helps eliminate toxins

Get the right nutrients by eating healthy

Keeping ourselves healthy is becoming more difficult simply because we are not getting the right amount of nutrients. Eating the right diet prevents the uptake of excess fats. It also ensures that our skin gets all the help it needs to keep it tight and young.

Eat a diet that is rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals especially those rich in vitamin E. Fruits and vegetables will always be a good choice for keeping your skin tight and healthy. Minimizing your sugar intake could also be a good way of tightening your skin. Most of the nutrients needed by the body are only available by taking supplements or their food sources.

Drink fluids

Juices and water helps your skin moisturized and hydrated. Water tightens and flushes out toxins. Sticking to juices is a wonderful way of tightening the skin. Thirst that quench and give your skin the nutrients it needs by switching your favorite sodas to fruit juices.

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Roadblocks to a Thinner You

ID-10038740You’ve gone the whole nine yards and yet you’re still seeing little or no results on your weight loss program. While losing weight seems to be a breeze for some, others find it to be a constant uphill battle they just can’t win.

Medications

Medicines have a direct effect on our body’s many processes including our body weight. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs (aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen), corticosteroids and high blood pressure medication causes fluid retention. Female hormone pills for example hinder weight loss and could actually contribute to weight gain.

If you’re currently under medication, the best thing to do is to discuss this with your physician. Try asking for alternative medications which doesn’t have this side effect. If this is not possible, switch to a low fat diet and a more aggressive exercise program to offset weight gain. But of course this should first be consulted with your doctor to avoid complications.

You’ve reached your normal weight

A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 25 is considered normal. Losing weight after reaching your ideal weight could be difficult since this could face opposition from your body. BMI is computed by dividing your weight (in kilograms) by the square of your height (in meters).

If you still believe that your are “fat” even if you’ve reached your normal weight, then this could be a  symptom of a psychological or eating disorder. People suffering from Anorexia nervosa for example, go into extreme diets and exercise programs just to have a thinner figure.

Hormonal Changes

There are many factors that cause hormonal changes in our body. Any change in the level of hormones has a direct effect on our body’s normal processes including weight gain. Aging, medication, medical conditions, menopause and menstrual periods are just some of the factors affecting hormone levels.

This is a condition that affects women more than men. Female hormone pills, menstrual periods and menopause for example are just some of the conditions that affect the levels of hormones in the body. The best way to lose weight is to tailor your weight loss program accordingly. Consulting a dietician could help you develop a personalized program could make dieting healthier and more effective.

Extreme diets

If your weight loss program requires extreme dieting then this could actually cause your body to store more fats or reduce the amount of fats being burned. Undergoing prolonged periods of “starvation” causes your body to turn into its own defense mechanisms in an attempt to compensate for such extreme measures. It reaches a point where human nature takes over and you are mentally unable to resist eating. Rather than losing weight in a gradual and healthy pace, suddenly depriving your body of its basic needs could lead to sickness. Our body requires its share of daily supply of nutrients. And that includes fats to power our daily activities.

Stress and Anxiety

Major stumbling blocks to any diet program or any life changing decision is a person’s mental condition. Stress, anxiety and unrealistic expectations leads to self doubt undermining any weight loss program. Any changes to your normal daily routine and eating habits can be very stressing. Having a positive disposition, getting the right support (friends and family) and having realistic goals is your best defense when things are not going your way.

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Eating Disorders – Simple Things to Know

Weight gain could be a slippery slope where a few extra pounds could quickly turn into a wardrobe nightmare. Weight problems are mainly caused by two factors, unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. While some are genetically predisposed to suffer from easy weight gain, most overweight problems are due to simple lifestyle habits.

We’ve all been guilty of eating an extra piece of cake during the holidays. But the real problem is when we just can’t stop ourselves from grabbing that extra piece of cake holiday or no holiday. And this is where eating disorders come in.

Binge Eating

Binge eating is simply not being able to stop yourself from eating. Binge eating is overeating or the loss of control and the general feeling of helplessness. But this is not commonly an overt behavior, people who suffer from binge eating do this in secret and away from the prying eyes of people. Feelings of guilt and depression after binge eating are also manifested.

Binge eating certainly leads to weight problems but this does not stop there. People are also at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other weight related problems.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is an eating condition where people overeat and try to eliminate their excessive food intake by vomiting, taking laxatives or inducing diarrhea. Bulimia nervosa is not merely overeating, this is out-of-control eating that goes beyond stuffing yourself full.

People who are suffering from bulimia nervosa are not always fat in fact some of them have normal figures. This is because people who suffer from bulimia nervosa are able to purge excess food from their system.

Anorexia Nervosa

At the other side of the coin is an eating disorder referred to as anorexia nervosa. Rather than being unable to stop yourself from grabbing the nearest edible concoction you see, you simply refuse to take any type of food for fear of becoming fat.

People exercise aggressively in an attempt to lose calories while refusing to eat. Exercising is a great way to lose those extra pounds but we should at least replenish the nutrients we lost. People suffering from this condition do not only actively reduce their food intake they also take laxatives, diuretics and vomit to remove the little amount of nutrients they have in their system.

Eating Disorders Summary

Statistics show that women tend to suffer from eating disorders more than men. Specific eating disorders are also more common in certain age groups and develop at an early age. Eating disorders could be developed and are also genetic. People with relatives who suffer from an eating disorder are more likely to develop this condition.

Heredity could be a contributing factor but far more concerning are the different environmental factors that come into play. While genetics is something that could not be controlled, external influences have a bigger role in the increasing number of people who suffer from eating disorders. The pressure to conform with what society considers as an attractive body has forced many to the path of anorexia nervosa.

Depression, anxiety and high levels of stress can also lead to comfort eating and eventually binge eating. The constant pressure at work and at home has left many people searching for an easy way to relieve stress.

We all have had our bouts with eating disorders at one part in our life. From our episodes of binge eating to extreme dieting what matters is that we have been able to overcome these situations.  It only takes a few steps to slip into the dangers of eating orders. If you believe that you might already be suffering, talking with friends and families or getting the help of a health professional is the best way to treat this condition.

Image credit:By Georges Gasne (his position being “chef the clinique de la Salpêtrière” at publication). [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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