Diet and exercise can do wonders for the body’s appearance, restoring curves and muscle tone that had been hidden underneath layers of fat for years; unfortunately, those methods are not completely effective. Sometimes, some of the fat clings to your body, refusing to melt away. To remedy these cases, the liposuction procedure is sometimes employed.
First, the doctor must determine whether or not the procedure itself will benefit the patient, so there is a kind of screening process. Liposuction is usually recommended for those who are in good health, have only a small amount of fat to lose and have skin that is elastic and will shrink down when the fat is removed.
Once a person has been determined to be a good candidate, they are given an appointment date and instructions for how to prepare (this usually includes dietary restrictions).
In-Patient vs. Out-Patient
These days, liposuction is a simple procedure. When there are small pockets of fat being removed, it is often does as an out-patient procedure. This means you can be in and out of the hospital in a single day.
However, if someone is having fat removed from large areas, or have other potential health complications, they may be required to be an in-patient and stay the night at the hospital for observation.
As the procedure takes place, the patient is given an anesthetic (either localized for very small fat pockets or general for larger areas). Then, the doctor helps break down the fat in one of several ways. One popular way is to insert a solution into the fat pockets that essentially loosens the fat up. Another way is to use an ultrasound machine to turn the fat into liquid.
Next, the doctor inserts a metal tool called a cannula into the pockets of fat and suctions them out. It is not unlike a vacuum cleaner with an attachment. The doctor continues until the pockets have been mostly removed and your body shape is more appealing.
The Recovery Process
Liposuction causes a lot of bruising, soreness and overall exhaustion. The body needs time to recover after the procedure is complete. For small procedures, this can mean just a couple of days while for more extensive liposuction treatments, several weeks may be needed.
Liposuction is a common, quick process, but the specifics of how the procedure will affect you should be discussed with a qualified physician.
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