Are you embarrassed of that so-called “muffin top”? Wondering what to do with that “food baby”? In our generation, many of us have battled long and hard with our unwanted bulges—also known as fat. When diet and exercise are no longer an option, there is the possibility of liposuction.
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes small bulges of fat. The most common areas for liposuction are the hips, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and face. A good candidate for liposuction should possess these qualities:
- Average height
- Firm, elastic skin
- Good health
- Concentrated storages of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise.
How Does It Work?
Liposuction requires an anesthetic, and the type of anesthesia depends on how much fat is being removed. One the anesthesia kicks in; the liposuction procedure is done through a suction device attached to a small instrument called a cannula. Through a small incision, the cannula is inserted into fatty areas and removes the excess fat using either a suction pump or a large syringe.
There are a couple of different techniques for liposuction:
- Tumescent liposuction: this is where the surgeon will inject a solution into your fatty areas before the removal of it. The solution helps the surgeon remove fat more easily and it helps reduce blood loss and provides pain relief during and after surgery.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: this is where ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat, which makes it easier for removal afterwards.
Surgery recovery is generally quick. Most people will be able to return to work within a few days and resume normal activity within 2 weeks. Common side effects include bruising, swelling, and soreness for a few weeks.
Liposuction is permanent in that it will remove the fat cells from the treated area. However, if you regain weight, there is a possibility new fat cells will appear in the same or different area.
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, which means it will not be covered by insurance. Please talk to your doctor or dermatologist for a more detailed consultation.