In the majority of mommy makeovers, liposuction is one of the most commonly performed procedures. Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, lipectomy, or lipo for short. It is a type of cosmetic surgery used to break up and suck fat from the body, leading to a flatter and more contoured body and body shape. Liposuction can be performed on any of the following areas: the thighs, hips, the upper arms, the backs of arms, buttocks, abdomen, calves, cheeks, chin, neck, ankles, the inner knees, and the back. The fat cells are removed from beneath the skin by a long, thin, and hollow surgical instrument called a cannula. The cannula is attached to a high-powered vacuum that provides the suction which actually removes the fat.
According to Medical News Today, liposuction is the most common cosmetic plastic surgery performed in both the United States and in the United Kingdom. They state that more than 300,000 liposuction surgeries are performed each year in both countries.
Good candidates for liposuction:
- are over the age of 18
- have a good diet and exercise regimen
- have pockets of fat that haven’t responded to normal methods of removal, i.e. diet and exercise
The best candidates for liposuction are those who have a stable weight, and also have normal skin elasticity. Liposuction surgery is also best for patients who haven’t been able to obtain their weight loss goals with a regular diet and exercise.
Bad candidates for liposuction are:
- people with lidocaine allergies
- pregnant or nursing mothers
- individuals with problems healing
- people with diseases or infections
- anyone who takes blood thinners, especially if they’re unable to stop taking them for the procedure
What liposuction does not do
- It does not remove cellulite, stretch marks, or dimples.
- It is not a weight loss remedy.
- Most importantly, liposuction removes fat cells for good, but if a good diet and exercise are not used to maintain the results, the remaining fat cells will get bigger.
The cost of a liposuction procedure varies. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, their statistics state that the average cost in 2015 was approximately $3,000. This pricing is minus the expenses for other common fees like the hospital, surgical rooms, and anesthesia. The things that dictate pricing in regard to liposuction surgery are:
- the type of procedure used
- the level of plastic surgeon’s experience
- the plastic surgeon’s geographic office location
Other costs to be considered with liposuction surgery are:
- surgical facility fees
- the surgeon’s fee
- medical testing expenses
- medication prescriptions
Different Liposuction Techniques
- Tumescent Liposuction
This is the technique that is most widely used today in regards to liposuction. What happens is saline along with lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic, is pumped underneath the skin into the fat cells that are going to be removed. The fat is then sucked out through a long thin tube called a microcannula.
- Dry Liposuction
This technique is rarely used. It is when no saline is injected before the fat cells are removed. This type of procedure carries with it a larger risk of bleeding and bruising.
- Laser Assisted Lipolysis (LAL)
With laser lipo, the same type of lidocaine and saline solution is injected under the skin as with tumescent liposuction. The good news is that this procedure is less blood-filled and less invasive than the tumescent procedure. A microcannula is used to deliver laser heat and laser energy into the subcutaneous fat layer, which is one of several fat layers under the skin. If the plastic surgeon elects to, the smaller incision that is made can be left open so that excess blood and fluid can be drained from the body. This technique is also known as laser-guided lipo.
- Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
Also called ultrasonic liposuction, this method is also used in situations where liposuction has been used before. It is also a good method for fibrous areas such as the back. In this method, the energy is relayed to the subcutaneous layer by the microcannula via ultrasound. This technique melts the fat away on contact. The cell walls of the fat cells are destroyed by ultrasonic waves, which liquefy the fat, and then it is easily sucked out by suction–assisted lipo.
- Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
With power assisted liposuction, a special cannula is used that rapidly moves back and forth so that the fat can be sucked out easily.
No matter what technique is used, if the patient maintains a proper diet and exercise, the results of liposuction can be permanent. But if the patient gains weight, they will find that their weight will redistribute differently. For example, if someone’s weight gain problem area was previously their abdomen it may now be their hips and thighs. Your mommy makeover is too costly to destroy your new body by not maintaining it.
***Remember to always choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your mommy makeover. “Board eligible” is not Board Certified.***
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