Liposuction Basics: Things to be Aware of

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that utilizes a suction technique to eliminate fat from different areas of the body. These include abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, neck and arms. Also, cosmetic surgery in Sydney like liposuction procedure enhances the areas to improve body contour. Other names for liposuction procedure are lipoplasty and body contouring.

Liposuction is not typically a substitute weight loss method. If you are overweight, you are likely to lose excessive weight through diet and exercise or thorough an invasive procedure called gastric bypass surgery, when compared to liposuction.

You may be a potential candidate for liposuction if you possess too much fat in the body in certain spots but otherwise have a body weight that is quite stable.

In addition, liposuction is also sometimes used for reducing the size of the breasts. When a person gain weight, fat cells in the body increase both in size and volume. In turn, plastic surgery in Sydney such as liposuction minimizes the number of fat cells. The amount of fat removed will depend on the appearance of the body area and the fat volume. The outcome of the contour generally permanent — as long as the person’s weight is maintained on a stable weight by adhering to proper diet and regular exercise.

After liposuction, the person’s skin molds itself to the new contours of the area treated. If he or she has good skin elasticity then the skin will likely appear to be smooth. But if it is not, the skin may appear loose. Liposuction does not enhance skin surface irregularities such as cellulite dimpling. Likewise, liposuction in Sydney which is the most common plastic surgery does not eliminate stretch marks.

To be an ideal candidate for liposuction procedure, one must have a good overall health without conditions that can complicate outcome of the surgery – these include blood circulation problems, diabetes, weak immune system and heart problems.

As with any major surgery, the liposuction procedure carries potential complications and risks. Possible complications associated with liposuction are:

 

  • Contour irregularities. The skin may appear bumpy, wavy or even withered because of uneven removal of fat, poor skin elasticity and delayed healing. These changes can be permanent. The damage beneath the skin from the cannula that is used during the liposuction procedure at cosmetic surgery Sydney may give the patient’s skin a permanent spotted look.
  • Fluid accumulation. Pockets of fluid called seromas can temporarily form under the patient’s skin. This fluid may be required to be drained with a sterile needle.
  • Numbness. A temporary or permanent numbness can be in the affected area. There is also the possibility of a temporary nerve irritation.
  • Infection. The occurrence of skin infections is rare but it can be possible. A severe skin infection can be life-threatening and must be treated immediately.
  • Internal puncture. Rarely by accident, a cannula may penetrate too deeply and can puncture an internal organ. This may require the patient to undergo a surgical repair immediately.
  • Fat embolism. The pieces of fat can break and be confined in a blood vessel.

To avoid such complications, choosing the best surgeon and medical facility like in plastic surgery Sydney, is vital in lowering the chance of risks and complications.