As most people know, not everything is in your control when it comes to the way fat is distributed on the body. Age and genetics can undermine good intentions, healthy eating habits and hard work at the gym. Liposuction can remove this excess fat through a variety of surgical techniques from virtually any area where fat cells are abundant, including the neck, arms, hips, breasts, abdomen, flanks, buttocks and knees. If the shape you’re in is not the one that you’d like to see reflected back in the mirror, you may want to explore Liposuction as a permanent way to eliminate localized areas of fat through surgery.
Types of Liposuction
- Traditional suction-assisted liposuction.
This involves inserting a cannula (a long, thin tube) through a tiny incision to vacuum the fat cells. The surgeon moves the cannula back and forth through the fat layer to break it up, and then suction out, the excess fat.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction.
Here the surgeon inserts a special cannula through small “access” incisions. The cannula emits sound waves to help break up the fat, presumably making it easier to vacuum.
- VASER -assisted liposuction
is the cutting-edge, third-generation version of ultrasound liposuction technology. In a nutshell, the cannula used for VASER -assisted liposuction emits gentler sound waves (in a pulsed mode) to break up and then remove fat. These do not disturb blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, resulting in less bruising, swelling and pain than traditional suction-assisted liposuction.
- Power-assisted liposuction.
This uses a motorized cannula to break up fatty tissue that will then be vacuumed out. It is inserted through the same tiny incisions.
- Laser-assisted liposuction (SmartLipo and CoolLipo):
This involves a small incision and the insertion of a laser fiber probe that produces a burst of energy to liquefy the fat before it is removed. Proponents say that laser-assisted liposuction is the latest and greatest and may also tighten skin. But detractors say it adds nothing to the results of liposuction except for expense and for making the procedure more cumbersome for both the patient and surgeon. And, they say, it can add many hundreds of dollars to the cost of liposuction without proven extra benefit.
- Body-jet / water assisted liposuction:
Using a thin, fan-shaped jet that pulsates water, the surgeon loosens fat cells from connective tissue, while simultaneously vacuuming them out. As a result, water-assisted liposuction may be less traumatic than traditional liposuction methods. Body-Jet liposuction also uses lesser fluid than tumescent liposuction as it gets sucked out simultaneously. Being a recent innovation, more research is needed to determine the exact benefits and risks of water-assisted liposuction.
What are the available techniques for Liposuction?
Basically, all the liposuction techniques have in common that a thin surgical instrument is used to loosen or disrupt the fat cells in the area, and then the applied suction removes the fat.The techniques for liposuction include “Dry”, Tumescent, the Super- Wet, internal and external Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL), Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) or MicroAire technique. There are also newer and experimental procedures which may or may not require aspiration such as Laser Liposuction, Laser Lipolisis (or Laserlipolisis), Chemical Fat Removal, Lower Level Ultrasonic-assisted fat ablation.
Dry Technique (no longer used) required general anesthesia. The dry technique derived its name from the fact that it did not use injections of local anesthesia into the fat before liposuction. This technique was abandoned because of the excessive blood loss it caused. Blood composed approximately thirty percent (30%) of the tissue that was removed by liposuction using the dry technique.
Super Wet Technique
Super Wet Technique also requires general anesthesia. The super wet technique requires the injection of a volume of dilute local anesthesia that is less than half the volume used for the tumescent technique. Surgical blood loss with the super wet technique is greater than the tumescent technique but significantly less than the wet technique. Approximately eight percent (8%) of the fluid removed by super wet liposuction is blood.
What is tumescent technique?
Tumescent Liposuction involves the pretreatment of the fatty tissues with a dilute solution of local anesthesia and adrenaline. This was a major advance approximately fifteen years ago because it substantially reduced blood loss and improved patient comfort. Following the tumescent treatment, any of the techniques may be used to remove the fat. The local anesthetic lidocaine in the tumescent solution provides such complete local anesthesia, that it eliminates the need for general anesthesia, or IV sedation. The drug epinephrine (adrenalin) provides profound localized vasoconstriction that it virtually eliminates surgical bleeding during tumescent liposuction. By eliminating the risks of general anesthesia and the risks of excessive surgical bleeding, the tumescent technique for liposuction totally by local anesthesia has eliminated the greatest dangers associated with the older forms of liposuction.
What are the benefits of tumescent liposuction?
Local anesthesia used in the tumescent technique for liposuction is so effective that patients no longer need intravenous sedatives, narcotic analgesics, or general anesthesia. As a result of the widespread capillary constriction caused by the epinephrine in the anesthetic solution, there is minimal bleeding during and after surgery. This is a major improvement in the liposuction technique compared to the older methods that simply use general anesthesia.
How much blood is lost during tumescent liposuction?
The tumescent technique is so effective at minimizing blood loss that the majority of patients lose approximately 50 – 100ml of blood during large volume liposuction. In the days before the advent of the tumescent technique, the biggest risk of liposuction was excessive loss of blood during surgery. With the advent of the tumescent technique, blood transfusions are no longer a part of liposuction surgery.
How does the tumescent technique reduce bruising after liposuction?
There is dramatically less bruising with tumescent liposuction totally by local anesthesia compared to other liposuction techniques under general anesthesia. There are two reasons for this significant decrease in bruising. First, because there is so little blood loss with the tumescent technique, there is almost no blood that remains beneath the skin to cause bruising after surgery. The second reason for decreased bruising is that with the tumescent technique there is a considerable amount of post- operative drainage of the blood tinged anaesthetic solution. The incisions are so small (about 1.5 mm), the incisions do not require stitches. By allowing these wounds to remain open for two to three days after the surgery, most of the residual blood- tinged anesthetic solution drains out. This minimizes bruising and swelling and accelerates the rate of healing.
Have there been any deaths related to tumescent liposuction totally by local anesthesia?
There have been no reported deaths associated with tumescent liposuction totally by local anesthesia. Virtually all deaths associated with liposuction have been associated with:
- multiple unrelated surgical procedures performed on the same day (facelift, breast augmentation, hysterectomy, etc),
- excessive amounts of liposuction or an excessive number of body areas treated by liposuction on a single day,
- the use of general anesthesia or heavy IV sedation with narcotics.
Liposuction is an extremely safe procedure provided the patient is not exposed to excessive surgical trauma, excessive narcotic analgesics, or prolonged use of general anesthesia.
Suction Assisted Liposuction (SAL):
Suction Assisted Liposuction (SAL) involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula (from the Latin word for reed, tube, cane). The liposuction cannulas, typically connected to a powerful suction pump, is inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin, and fat is removed by suction as the cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fat. During the healing process after liposuction, these tiny tunnels shrink and disappear, resulting in an improved body contour.The liposuction cannulas vary in size from 1.5 to 6 mm, depending on the area to be treated
Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL):
Ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL) is a modified liposuction technique that transmits high-energy sound waves to fat cells, causing the cells to rupture. This liquefied fat is then removed through the basic suction-assisted technique. Ultrasonic liposuction was first used in the early 1990′s and was a major advance in treating fibrous areas (such as the chest or flanks) and previously treated areas.
The concept of UAL is intuitively appealing. A piezoelectric crystal converts electric energy to rapid (ultrasonic) vibrations and heat that are transmitted to a small metal rod or paddle and thus injure living tissue. Ultrasonic energy delivers a combination of vibratory mechanical energy and thermal energy to subcutaneous fat. The ultrasound energy may be transmitted from an external or an internal source. There are two types of UAL: Internal UAL and external UAL. Internal UAL delivers ultrasonic energy directly to subcutaneous fat by a metal rod or cannula inserted through an incision in the skin. External UAL delivers ultrasonic energy to subcutaneous fat by means of applying a paddle-shaped instrument directly to the overlying skin.
Risks of Ultrasonic Liposuction
There are several important disadvantages to ultrasound that make it inferior to the tumescent liposuction. Its complication rate is higher. It also is more time-consuming than other liposuction techniques and extends the length of operations.UAL has become less popular because of an increased awareness among liposuction surgeons that UAL is associated with increased risks of complications.The ultrasound is a high-energy system and is more likely to damage the adjacent tissues such as the skin (risk of full-thickness skin burns and severe scaring.)and nerves (prolonged numbness).UAL causes seromas ;a fluid-filled cavity beneath the skin containing serum (clear yellow fluid) that can persistent for weeks or months. Internal UAL causes the formation of seromas in 15% to 70% of patients.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL):
Power-assisted liposuction is a modification of the suction assisted liposuction (SAL) technique , and was first used in the late 1990′s. Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) devices have recently become available. PAL devices use power supplied by an electric motor or compressed air to produce either a rapid in-and-out movement or a spinning rotation of an attached liposuction cannula. The suction cannula vibrates while it suctions. The vibration is a low-energy way of gently releasing clusters of fat cells from the surrounding tissues. Power-assisted liposuction shakes the fat cells loose but the nerves, blood vessels and skin remain intact. The low-energy vibration is a very efficient way of removing unwanted fat deposits. Advocates of PAL claim shorter operation timings ,less trauma to the surrounding tissues, precise fat sculpting and most importantly that it makes liposuction easier for the surgeon. While some liposuction surgeons have expressed enthusiasm about PAL, many others remain skeptical about any real advantages of PAL over the conventional SAL which its proponents claim gives a far better control on the amount of fat being sucked out and more precision in body contouring. There are no objective scientific publications to support the enthusiastic claims made by manufacturers of PAL devices.
Laser lipolysis is the latest, minimally invasive way of removing small localised fat deposits.This procedure is being performed only at select centres over the world and is still under evaluation as the long term results are not known. The procedure is performed by introducing a fine fibre-optic probe under the skin which delivers low-level laser energy – this selectively breaks up fat cells (a process known as lipolysis) transforming them into an oily substance that is absorbed and eliminated by the body in a natural manner over the following weeks. No fat is aspirated or “sucked out” of the body, (which helps to avoid the damage to blood vessels and nerve endings often associated with liposuction) and, in addition, the low level laser energy helps to stimulate collagen production in the skin resulting in skin tightening.
The procedure works best on small areas such as the chin, “love handles”, “saddle bags”, knees, inner thighs, calves etc. Laser lipolysis generally removes no more than 500mls of fat (around the size of a coke can) in each treatment session, it is important that you are realistic as to what can be achieved using this procedure.
What is the most common technique for suctioning fat?:
The most commonly employed method for removing fat is the basic suction-assisted liposuction. The surgeon’s own arm movement transmits force to the rigid suction cannula and disrupts clusters of fat cells. The vacuum suction device then removes the loose fat.
How soon after surgery do I have to return for a post-operative check-up?
We recommend, patients return within a day or two after surgery and again a week later, , for suture removal. Subsequent visits are planned as per the progress of the patient in the convalescence period.
How long do I remain in the surgical facility after liposuction?
When liposuction is done totally by local anesthesia, patients can usually depart from the surgical facility within 30 – 45 minutes of the completion of surgery. When general anesthesia or sedation is employed, then patients usually require 3 – 4 hours of post-anesthesia observation before being discharged home.
How long until I see results?
The length of time until the post-operative swelling has decreased and the permanent results of liposuction become visible depends from person to person, the technique used and the areas treated. Most patients can expect 90% of the swelling to resolve in about 8 to 10 weeks.
What is a seroma?
A seroma is a collection of serum (also known as lymph fluid) within a cavity inside the body. Serum is the yellowish liquid portion of blood that remains after the red blood cells (which transport oxygen to the body’s tissues), and white blood cells (which fight infections) have been removed. A seroma can occur after liposuction. It is generally a nuisance, but not a serious complication. Without treatment, a seroma will usually resolve slowly over several weeks to many months. To accelerate the disappearance of a seroma, the surgeon may remove the serum by inserting a needle and draining the seroma into a syringe. Seromas are a common adverse result of ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL).
How long before I can get out of bed and begin walking?
Ideally one should never be confined to bed after liposuction. In order to avoid the risks of blood clot formation in the legs or lungs, most liposuction surgeons recommend immediate walking on the evening of surgery. The amount of liposuction attempted on a single day is probably excessive if the patient cannot get out of bed and walk around the house on the night of surgery, and walk around outside the house the day after surgery.
How long before I can go back to work?
Most patients should be able to return to normal desk-type work within 2 – 3 days after liposuction. Although soreness and tenderness will limit the speed with which a patient can move about, patients should be reasonably comfortable while sitting at a desk or working at a computer.
The more areas treated by liposuction on a single day, the more soreness and disability the patient can expect. Patients, who have liposuction on only one or two areas, should usually be able to return to work in less than 24 to 48 hours. Thus, a patient who has liposuction on a total of 4 areas may not miss any time off from work if only two areas are treated at a time, and the two surgery days are at least one month apart. In contrast, after liposuction of four areas on a single day, a patient may require one week of bed rest and recuperation at home.
How long until I can exercise?
Within one to two days after surgery, all patients should be physically able to walk around inside the house and go for short walks around the neighborhood. Remaining in bed and not walking increases the risk for blood clots in the legs and lungs. One of the reasons that excessive liposuction surgery on a single day is so dangerous, is that too much surgery may require pronged bed rest, which increases the risk of fatal blood clots in the lungs. Most patients can resume their routine exercising within a week after liposuction. Initially, patients should not attempt too much exercise. It is recommended that patients start out by doing about 25% of their usual amount of exercise, and thereafter increase their daily exercise as tolerated over a month time.
How long before I can fly in an airplane?
Unless the surgeon gives explicit instructions to avoid flying, most patients can fly on a commercial airline within 24 hours after liposuction. For many weeks after surgery, patients must avoid prolonged sitting in a car or airplane. Prolonged sedentary inactivity (such as sitting in an airplane for long intervals) increases the risk for deep-vein thrombosis (blood clots) in the legs and the risk that such a blood clot might travel from a leg to the lungs causing a pulmonary thromboembolus.
How long before I can have sex?
There are no restrictions regarding sexual activity after liposuction other than limitations imposed by postoperative soreness and tenderness of the treated areas. Otherwise liposuction usually does not interfere with a patient having gentle sexual encounters.
How long will the bruising and swelling last?
The amount of bruising varies considerably between patients. Bruising is nearly absent one to two weeks after surgery in most patients. With appropriate compression garments, swelling is 90% resolved 6 – 8 weeks after liposuction. However,it may take longer in some patients.
If my liposuction surgery is divided into two or more surgeries performed on separate days, how much time should there be between surgeries?
There is no strict rule concerning the optimal amount of time between successive liposuction surgeries. Safety concerns are more important than is any consideration about convenience for the patient or surgeon. Experience has shown that performing sequential surgeries within 24 to 48 hours of each other is associated with increased risks of serious complications. Waiting approximately 3 to 4 weeks between sequential surgeries allows the body to recover sufficiently to minimize the risks of a subsequent procedure.
How long after liposuction will the soreness or tenderness persist?
During the two days immediately after liposuction, the amount of pain experienced depends on the type of anesthesia used for liposuction. Local anesthesia usually persists for more than 24 hours after surgery. Liposuction under general anesthesia, without using local anesthesia at the same time, is more painful and typically requires narcotic analgesia. During the days and weeks following liposuction, the degree of soreness and swelling is a function of the type of aftercare procedures employed. Soreness is usually the most intense 2 to 4 days after liposuction and then decreases steadily. The tenderness and soreness typically is quite bothersome for up to 4 weeks, but gradually subsides over the following next 4 to 8 weeks.
What is the quality of the pain after liposuction?
Immediately after tumescent liposuction, the local anesthesia persists for 12 to 24 hours, so that the only discomfort is described as soreness or tenderness. Beginning the day after liposuction totally by local anesthesia, the quality of pain is similar to that of a sunburn and to muscle soreness that one might experience after having worked-out too vigorously.
Risks and Complications
Safety is a Relative Term It is impossible to prove that a surgical procedure is absolutely safe. On the other hand it is realistic and appropriate to compare two procedures and conclude that one is relatively safer than the other. Prospective liposuction patients should strive to understand the options that are available and choose the safest procedure. A surgical complication is defined as any undesirable result of surgery. The most common complication of liposuction is a result that produces an unhappy patient. The most common cause of an unhappy patient is a patient’s unrealistic expectations before surgery. Avoiding unrealistic expectations requires careful and accurate communication between patient and surgeon.
What Factors Increase the Risks of Liposuction Complications?
The greatest risks of liposuction are associated with the tendency of some surgeons to ignore the risks of doing too much surgery on the same day. The three types of excessive surgery include
- removal of an excessive volume of fat by liposuction on a single day,
- liposuction of an excessive number of body areas on the same day,
- combinations of liposuction and other unrelated surgical procedures which involves excessive surgical trauma and prolonged exposure to general anesthesia.
Common & Minor Complications:
Common & minor complications are conditions that do not threaten a patient’s life, normal body functions or the ability to work. These include superficial irregularities of the skin, seromas, hematomas, focal skin necrosis, allergic reactions to drugs, visible or disfiguring scars, discoloration of the skin, fainting during or after surgery, temporary bruising, numbness or nerve injury, and temporary adverse drug reactions. Most of these complications can be considered minor, however some may become quite serious. Post-liposuction syncope (fainting) the next morning at home, especially after urinating is not rare. This can be serious if the patient falls and experiences a head or neck injury.
Rare & Severe Complications:
Rare & severe complications associated with liposuction include problems with anesthesia, blood clots in the leg or lung, injury to the abdominal organs, excessive intravenous fluids, excessive blood loss, excessive loss of body heat (hypothermia), infections, allergic drug reactions, aspiration pneumonia (most likely under general anesthesia), cardiac arrest and potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias, permanent nerve damage, brain damage due to lack of oxygen under general anesthesia, and seizures.
Drugs that increase bleeding, if taken by a patient soon before having liposuction, can cause liposuction complications such a hematoma (a large collection of blood trapped beneath the skin), or excessive bleeding that might require hospitalization. Among the more common drugs that can interfere with normal clotting of blood are aspirin, ibuprofen and warfarin. Even vitamin E, red wine, and some herbal remedies can cause prolonged bleeding.
Risks of Local Anesthesia:
Lidocaine is the safest of local anesthetics available for liposuction. At lidocaine concentrations in the blood exceeding 6 milligrams/liter, patients might experience some toxicity. Blood concentrations of lidocaine in excess of 12 milligrams/liter can produce serious cardiac toxicity. The maximum recommended dosage of lidocaine for tumescent liposuction is 50 mg/kg (50 milligrams/kilogram of patient weight). The most extraordinary aspect of the tumescent technique is its unprecedented safety record when used as directed. Most liposuction surgeons know that it can be dangerous to give a patient a dosage of tumescent lidocaine that exceeds 50 mg/kg. All liposuction-related deaths have been associated with either the use of general anesthesia, or IV sedation, or lidocaine doses in far in excess of 75 mg/kg. The tumescent technique is dangerous in the hands of surgeons or anesthesiologists who have not had specific training in the technique. There has never been a reported death associated with tumescent liposuction totally by local anesthesia.
Risks of General Anesthesia:
General anesthesia for liposuction can be considered safe when:
- the general anesthesia is administered by a board certified anesthesiologist,
- liposuction is not performed with other unrelated surgical procedures, and
- there is no excessive liposuction.
The most dangerous aspects of general anesthesia are respiratory depression and impairment of protective airway reflexes. The risks of general anesthesia include human error, unsuspected inherited hypersensitivity to anesthetic drugs, accidental overdose of anesthesia, any undetected airway disconnection or airway blockage. General anesthesia, which increases the risk of vomiting and impairs protective airway reflexes, can cause aspiration of stomach contents. Because general anesthesia impairs the ability to breathe, when a complication does occur it can lead to disaster.
Preventing complications should be the most important concern of both patients and liposuction surgeons. Surgeons can reduce the risk of complications by proper selection of patients. Surgeons should avoid patients who have 1) unrealistic medical expectations, 2) a history of significant medical problems.
Patients can reduce the risk of complications by 1) resisting the temptation to save time by attempting to do multiple unrelated surgical procedures along with liposuction, and 2) resisting the temptation to maximize the volume of fat removed on a single day. It is much safer to divide one very large liposuction procedure into two or more separate procedures done on separate days. Liposuction by general anesthesia can be considered safe, however, liposuction totally by local anesthesia is safer.
Surgical Facility Safety:
Liposuction can be performed in a doctor’s office, in an outpatient surgery center, or in a hospital.A safe surgical facility for liposuction must be able to minimize the risks of surgical infections. Surgeries should be done in operating rooms that maintain high standards for cleanliness. All surgical instruments should be steam-sterilized. Cold sterilization of liposuction instruments is below the standard of care. A safe surgical facility should be well equipped and the staff should be well trained to diagnose and initiate treatment of surgical emergencies. A safe surgical facility should have well organized written policies and procedures designed to minimize the risks of complications.
How much blood loss occurs with liposuction?
There is virtually no significant blood loss associated with tumescent liposuction. This amazing fact is the result of the profound vasoconstriction produced by the epinephrine contained in the tumescent local anesthetic solution. With tumescent liposuction totally by local anesthesia approximately one percent (1%) of the material that is removed by liposuction is blood. With tumescent liposuction under general anesthesia approximately 4 to 8 percent of the aspirated material is blood.
Is a blood transfusion a common requirement after liposuction?
Blood transfusions are extremely rare with tumescent liposuction. However, excessive blood loss may occur 1) if the patient has taken aspirin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) within a few days before surgery, 2) if the surgery involves excessively large amount of liposuction such as total body liposuction or liposuction removes more than 5 liters of tissue.
Liposuction Myths & Facts
Myth #1: Liposuction is a weight loss surgery.
The truth: Liposuction should not be regarded as a weight loss surgery, it is a BODY CONTOURING SURGERY,much like a tummy tuck or an arm lift. It can effectively reduce excess & excercise resistant fat in specific body areas, resulting in a more slender figure. Moreover, it can be combined with other body contouring procedures to optimize results.
Myth #2: Today, liposuction is a “minor” or “lunchtime” procedure.
The truth: there are a variety of methods utilized today, however, all liposuction procedures which make a difference or give significant results require incisions, anesthesia, and an adequate post-operative recovery period. “Lunchtime lipo” and other fad procedures may be unsafe, as well as ineffective when compared with liposuction / liposelection by cannula – which should and are always be performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.
Myth #3: If areas of the body look disproportionate months later, the surgery was a “botched” liposuction.
In some cases, this is true. More often, though, liposuction irregularities are caused by a patient’s post-operative weight gain. How this happens: Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the targeted area, so any weight gained will accumulate in other body areas, resulting in a disproportionate appearance. For this reason, patients should keep weight gain at a minimum.
Myth #4: Fat Comes Back After Liposuction
When you are born you don’t produce any more fat cells. The fat cells you have just get bigger or smaller depending on your weight. Once the fat cells are removed they’re gone forever. If you gain weight it is going to be distributed more equally through all the fat cells. What we do in liposuction is reduce the number of fat cells in those areas that are genetically predetermined to have a lot of fat (eg. tummy, love handles, hips, thighs etc.) However, if you are not careful with eating a healthy, balance diet, and instead are eating a lot of fats and carbohydrates – what you would call junk food – weight gain can occur. However, an adult does not produce more fat cells. Liposuction cannot replace the health benefits of regular exercise and a healthy diet. It is not a cure-all for poor dietary habits or inactivity but it definitely can contour the body, and motivate people to lose weight and remove areas that are resistant to weight loss.
Myth #5:Liposuction is a better choice than the tummy tuck.
Body contouring has to be customised. Liposuction is procedure to reduce the thickness of your abdominal fat, though it slightly tightens your skin, it is not able to remove any stretch marks. If your problem is extra fat it is a good choice, but if you are among women who besides the excess fat, also have the problem of loose skin, stretch marks,a loose inner girdle (also called fascia), or poor abdominal muscle tone it is of limited use. The best choice in such cases is a tummy tuck.
Myth #6: The liposuction procedure rids the body of cellulite Contrary to popular belief cellulite is not the result of being overweight, it is caused by damaged fatty tissue accumulating in an area of the body.
Plastic surgery that involves liposuction does not remove cellulite. In fact, in some cases it can make it worse. If too much fat is removed during the liposuction procedure it may make the appearance of cellulite more noticeable. This liposuction myth is false.
Myth #7: Having the liposuction procedure can improve your health
This liposuction myth is actually true! It is an undisputed fact among medical practitioners that it is healthy to reduce your total percentage of body fat. While diet and exercise are the obvious recommendation from most family doctors when it comes to getting rid of excess body fat, the liposuction procedure can fast-track that process. Many people find that it is an excellent foundation for starting a healthier lifestyle. The reduction of body fat through any means can help reduce your cholesterol, your insulin requirements, and your risk of heart disease.
Myth # 8. “If I could just be motivated to diet and exercise,
I could lose this fat deposit on my …” A well-balanced diet is essential for building and maintaining overall health. Regular exercise is excellent for increasing muscle tone and improving cardiovascular health. Although diet can produce moderate weight loss results over an extended period of time, neither diet nor exercise is effective for spot reduction.
Myth # 9: Liposuction Can Be a Quick Fix for Obese People Fact:
Not only can removing great quantities of fat with liposuction be dangerous, the liposuction results may disappear unless a good diet and exercise regimen is adopted. If people continue with their old patterns, they will likely gain back the weight. People who are overweight, but have been at a stable weight for many years are a different story. These people may have particular problem areas of fat that will make them good candidates for liposuction. It makes sense for a very overweight person to use liposuction if their goal is to improve the contour of a particular body part, but not for weight loss reasons.