Liposuction is a medical procedure designed to remove stubborn fat deposits. And still remains to be the most effective method of removing large volumes of fat in a single treatment. Liposuction has become so common that reports of liposuction treatments going horribly wrong are rare. But this does not entirely eliminate the possibility of producing risks and medical complications.
Liposuction is commonly performed in fat problem areas such as the abdomen, thighs, legs and arms. And the dangers posed by liposuction remains the same for each area. Complications such as hemorrhage and infection are just some of the possible complications of liposuction.
A serious complication of liposuction is the development of fat embolisms. Fat cells are broken down during liposuction and an open wound could be an unwilling entry point of free fat cells. Fat could travel through the blood stream reaching the brains and lungs. Serious damage could result from this fat cells reaching small blood vessels in the brain. Blood flow is blocked depriving brain cells of oxygen. Although cases of fat embolism is rare, this is a life threatening condition.
Great care is taken to ensure that the area for thigh liposuction is kept sterile or free from infection. A surgical incision is required during liposuction. Open wounds are created making it easier for infection to spread internally. Our body’s natural defense against infection, the skin is compromised. But this is not only limited during liposuction.
Infection could also occur after liposuction. This happens without proper wound care. Bandages should always be changed to prevent infection from setting in. Refrain from putting too much stress or pressure on the wounds to prevent them from opening.
Blood clots are part of our body’s natural defense mechanism against wounds. Its aim is to stop bleeding by blocking further blood flow from the wound. Just like fat embolism, blood clots could travel to the lungs through circulation. It is a life threatening condition and should be considered serious.
Studies show that large volume liposuction has a 1.5 percent chance of developing a clot. One out of ten cases of pulmonary embolism is fatal within the first hour of the first signs of its symptoms. Patients are at greatest risk for pulmonary embolism from three to seven days after surgery.
Reaction to Anesthesia
Surgery requires some amount of anesthesia to desensitize the patient during the procedure. General anesthesia is required for major surgeries that require a large area to be desensitized. Because it affects a larger area, complications are magnified. Symptoms of toxicity from anesthesia include drowsiness, convulsion, slurred speech, muscle twitching and numbness to name a few.
Uncontrolled bleeding due to improper wound closure. Patients who have undergone surgery are discouraged from performing strenuous or weight bearing activities. The real danger are wounds that are not visible to the naked eye. Bleeding wound from an open wound could easily be identified but those located deep within the skin is dangerous.
Skin discoloration, swelling and tenderness in the general area of liposuction could be an indication of internal bleeding. Severe blood loss is life threatening and should be consulted with your surgeon immediately.
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The road to a slimmer and healthier body is a difficult path. But overcoming these roadblocks only require a simple lifestyle overhaul. Liposuction is surely the quickest path to slashing pounds of fats accumulated through years of physical neglect. But this is neither the safest or most effective method of ensuring a healthier you in the future.
The best weight loss treatments are those that reinforce a healthy lifestyle. It is those daily habits that given time helps you get rid of those stubborn love handles but more importantly keeps it away forever.
Replace Fat with Muscles
Easier said than done but if done right it rewards you with healthier and shapelier figure. Whether it’s walking a few extra blocks to the office or spending a couple of hours at the gym, getting rid of fats the natural way is devoid of risks and complications that surgery brings.
Building and toning your muscles is the next logical step after losing those unwanted fat deposits. So why wait when you can build those muscles while losing weight.
Build your Cardio
Cardio exercises such as high intensity training or running is a good way to burn fats. It is also a good way to naturally increase your body’s metabolism. Living a sedentary lifestyle lowers your metabolism simply because your body does not require transforming fats into energy. When your body becomes accustomed to strenuous activity regularly, it prepares itself by increasing metabolism. This is to make energy readily available throughout the day.
Unhealthy eating habits is perhaps the biggest culprit in the overweight problems we face today. The overabundance of processed and fatty foods makes it easier for us to store those unwanted pounds.
Lower your calorie intake gradually
The best diets are those that work for you. Lowering your calorie intake suddenly only brings more troubles than solutions. You still require a considerable amount to maintain your normal body functioning. Cut your calories gradually. This gives your body the time to adjust to changes.
Load up on proteins
Increasing your protein intakes is essential when building muscles. But it is another good way of burning calories since more energy is required to breakdown protein. Replace those high calorie food with protein loaded meals. Satiate your hunger and help build those muscles.
Fortify with Iron
A well-rounded diet that focuses on all essential vitamins and minerals is essential. Iron improves blood flow. Better blood flow also increases metabolism. When you’re trying to burn fats and live a more active lifestyle it is important that your body’s supply of nutrients and oxygen is maintained with good blood circulation.
Turn up the heat with spicy food
Sweat is a clear indication that something in our body is heating up and eating spicy food is a good start. Eating spicy food gets our body heated up and so does our metabolism. It’s a great way to bring something different into your daily diet without sacrificing your hard earned gains.
Stick to healthy fats
Yes, there’s such a thing as healthy fats. Eating healthy does not mean eliminating one type of food or in this case staying away from fats. Fats are essential to our body’s normal functioning so taking it off the table can do more harm than good. Fish is a good source of healthy fat. Salmons for example are rich in Omega 3 which actually reduces levels of cholesterol in the body.
Weight Loss and You
The first step towards achieving a healthier body is accepting that change is necessary. Even the best weight loss treatments are useless if you are not dedicated to the process.
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High cholesterol levels (above 200 mg/dL) is one of the major health problems experienced by adults today. With high cholesterol levels, one experiences high risks of heart attack and it is something that people would not want to experience especially that many wishes to live a long, fruitful life. People who eat more of fatty and unhealthy food are often victims of high cholesterol levels. Well, we cannot blame them though, a quarter pounder and a bag of fries are quite hard to resist.
Understanding how cholesterol works in our body is important to manage it right. Below are facts that you might want to add in your bank of knowledge.
What is Cholesterol?
- Cholesterol is a waxy (lipid fat) substance that is produced by the liver and is available in certain foods.
- It is important in our body’s daily function. Every cell in our body has cholesterol in its outer layer.
- It plays a role in the production of Vitamin D, some hormones, building of cell walls, and creates bile for fat digestion.
- The liver produces 1,000 milligrams of cholesterol a day, an enough amount to keep you going even without external intake from food.
- It is not easy to get rid of it because most food has it.
The LDL Cholesterol
While cholesterol is beneficial to the body in the right amount, there is such a thing called LDL cholesterol. It is abbreviated from Low Density Lipoproteins that in laymen’s’ term is “bad” cholesterol. It causes plaque build-up in the arterial walls that brings about heart diseases like atherosclerosis.
Reducing the levels of bad cholesterol and increasing the “good” cholesterol (High density lipoproteins (HDL)) is the primary solution to keep your heart safe. By increasing the amount of HDL, LDL is carried back to the liver where it is processed to be flushed out of your system.
The Factors affecting Cholesterol Levels
- Age and Gender
- Other Causes
Natural and Practical Ways to Lower the Bad Cholesterol
The first three factors that affect cholesterol levels can be determined by your kind of lifestyle. While age and heredity cannot be avoided, the way you live creates a big impact to your health. Depending on your health condition, ask your physician for professional advice on how to manage your cholesterol levels.
Get your right amount of Omega-3. Natural sources of Omega 3 include cold water fishes and calamari oil. One of the most potent food in reducing bad cholesterol levels is Omega-3. High levels of Omega-3 in your diet can reduce the risk of developing blood clots and can lower blood pressure. Mackerel, calamari, salmon, herring, sardines and a lot of food sources are rich in Omega-3. If you can’t get your amount through diet, Omega-3 supplement can help.
Nuts. Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and other nuts can lower your numbers. They are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids that also keep the blood vessels healthy. However, be wary on this, the nuts should not be salted nor high with sugar content. Nuts can be very high in calories, so limiting your intake into a handful can bring the most of its benefits.
High fiber food. Soluble fiber can lower the absorption of lower cholesterol into your bloodstream. It is easy to find high-fiber food. With 1 ½ cup of oatmeal a day mixed with fruits, you are not only feeding your body with delicious food, you are also giving your body an input for good health.
Our health is all that we got. Keeping our cholesterol levels low is helping our body function optimally for our own benefit and for the people who matters to us the most.
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Remember those times when we could almost get away with eating anything and still manage to keep our figures slim? It seems that each year brings more and more hurdles making it difficult if not impossible to keep those fat deposits at bay.
The easiest solution is to deny ourselves the pleasures of eating often opting to take a small bite of our favorite cake. Keeping slim has become so difficult that even our best efforts seem futile. Each year we grow older seems to add a corresponding inch to our waistline making weight gain synonymous with growing old.
Accept this change
The first step towards keeping a slimmer body is to accept these changes and plan accordingly. Preparing yourself mentally for the difficult tasks ahead will give you a better perspective of your condition. In the past, aging did not mean gaining weight. This was because people were actively had more active lifestyles and the food was generally healthier.
With all these modern conveniences that makes people soft and all the abundance of processed foods and sugary drinks keeping our body slim has become a challenge. Be conscious about the changes that aging brings and live your life accordingly.
Weight gain may not be the direct result of aging. An underlying medical condition such as metabolic related diseases could be the culprit. Years of abuse on our body caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits can be responsible for weight gain in our advanced age.
Metabolic conditions such as those associated with the thyroid makes it almost impossible for people to lose weight. One of every five people over the age of 40 suffer from hypothyroidism. This tiny gland is responsible for regulating metabolism or how effectively we digest food. Visit your doctor regularly and have a thorough medical exam. You might never know if your weight gain is the symptom of a medical condition.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not denying or starving yourself. If you’ve already switched to a healthy diet and don’t see any results then eating small frequent meals could do the trick. Accept that your body might not be as efficient in digesting food. Eating small frequent meals makes it easier for your body to convert food into usable energy rather than converting it into fat deposits. A light breakfast followed by a healthy snack before lunch is recommended. Just remember to keep this within 3 to 4 hour intervals.
Keep yourself satiated, extreme dieting could lead to binge eating which only makes your weight condition worse. Food taken after 8 pm is more likely to go into in your waist or belly. Never skip breakfast. It still remains the most opportune time for our metabolism. Breakfast fuels our body for the rest of the day.
Aging and our Body
Reaching 40, our body undergoes numerous physical changes which can affect how our body works. This is evident not only in our outward appearance but more importantly our internal processes. The changes are subtle and are not readily seen. This is mainly due to hormonal changes, other factors that affect digestion and metabolism.
Weight gain in our forties seems inevitable. Even when eating the same or even lesser amounts of food could not stop those inches. Aging is not something to be dreaded. It is something that everybody goes through but with the right health habits and proper understanding, a slimmer is something we could enjoy years down the road.
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