3 FAQs About Liposuction

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If your goals for the year consist of looking and feeling your best, you will want to do everything you can to remove unwanted body fat. One of the most successful ways of getting rid of unwanted fat is to undergo a cosmetic procedure called liposuction. If you have heard about liposuction, and are thinking about going through with it, it's good to know as much as possible before doing so.

Here are the answers to three frequently asked questions about liposuction.

1. How Is Liposuction Performed?

If you have tried dieting and exercising, but still have stubborn fat on your stomach, hips, buttocks, or back, liposuction might be an option. This is especially true if you are within 30% of your ideal weight, you have firm skin, and you don't smoke.

Before the procedure, you will need either a local or general anesthesia. A cosmetic surgeon will then use a thin tube to suck fat from a specific part of your body.

There are three different types of liposuction including:

  • Tumescent liposuction
  • Ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL)
  • Laser-assisted liposuction (SmartLipo)

These three types of liposuction break down the fat differently before it gets removed from the body. Your cosmetic surgeon can help you determine the method that will work best for you.

2. How Common Is Liposuction?

It can be scary to go through cosmetic surgery, especially when it is a procedure that is not performed that often. This is not the case with liposuction. Thanks to its popularity, this procedure has become one of the most common procedures performed. In the United States, there were 246,354 liposuction procedures performed in 2017, making it the second most popular cosmetic surgery.

3. Are There Any Risks Associated With Liposuction?

As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with liposuction. During the procedure possible risks include:

  • Injury to internal organs
  • Complications with anesthesia
  • Nerve damage

There could also be certain risks immediately following the procedure. Some of these risks include abnormal bleeding, blood clot in the lungs, infections, fluid leakage under the skin, and dead skin skills. While the chances of experiencing these adverse side effects is low, you still need to make sure that you are aware of all these risks. In most cases, you will have to sign a consent form before having the procedure. As with any cosmetic procedure, it's best to have a qualified plastic surgeon perform it.


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