Liposuction: Not the Answer for Weight Loss

Beauty is a cruel mistress. Staying forever young has now become the newest trend among today’s society. Turning the pages of a fashion magazine and heeding to the sheer volume of images of models with perfect tanned body, six pack abs and long bionic legs can make you feel envious and grasping. You wish to lose weight in a day and strive to look drop-dead gorgeous because nobody likes to be called beefy, big, chubby, and butterball. So, with the advanced technology, we have in the world today an invasive procedure to improve body contour known as ‘Liposuction’ or fat removal (areas that have been resistant to diet and exercise). Liposuction is suitable for women who are normal weight but have isolated pockets of fat around certain areas that makes their body appear out of proportion. However, there are some things you need to watch out before determining if liposuction is for you, and if its worth all the risks involved.

What do you need to know before undergoing Liposuction? Here are few points that will best position you for a desirable outcome:

a)  Are you a good candidate?

Before you are permitted to undergo liposuction, your candidacy must first be determined by a qualified cosmetic surgeon. People with cellulite (bumpy fat beneath the skin) are not good candidates of liposuction. A good candidate should have certain qualities such as excellent overall health, stable body weight, elastic and firm skin, localized pockets of fat that do not disappear with exercise and diet.

b)Are you confused about the different types of liposuction?

With the many medical advances, you can now choose a non-invasive procedure using lasers. Variety of techniques can facilitate liposuction. At your consultation, doctor will help you choose the right one for your needs. Depending on your needs, you can carry out any of the following:

    • Tumescent liposuction: During tumescent liposuction, fluid is injected into the layer of fat. Cosmetic surgeons use a cannula to suction out the fat which causes blood vessels to shrink down or constrict.
    • Suction assisted liposuction: Unwanted fat is drawn out with a small cannula attached to vacuum pump.
    • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction – Metal probe or metal paddle is used to deliver ultrasonic energy and heat into subcutaneous fat. It is more efficient and less traumatic than other procedures.
    • Laser – assisted liposuction – Fat melts using a concentrated laser beam light, which breaks down the fatty tissues and disrupts the fat cells.

c) Is it Safe?

Although the effects may seem okay for the time being, they later turn into major issues if not attended to at the right time. Violating the body to improve appearance involves potential risks, such as swelling during the first several months, bleeding, and delayed healing. If you don’t maintain regular exercise regime and a healthy diet, the cells from the treated area may fill up, which could make it worse than cellulite. Other complications, such as pulmonary thrombosis, lidocaine toxicity, and imbalances of bodily fluids, can lead to serious health issues. Ultimately, the highest price for liposuction is the patient paying with his/her life.

d)How long will the results last?

The results of the surgery are technically permanent because of the removal of fat cells. However, in the later stages, body shape might get affected by aging, pregnancy and lifestyle factors. You can maintain the effects of liposuction by burning out the same amount of calories as you take in. It is crucial to maintain stable weight. For safety and long-term effects, it is important to run to your cosmetic surgeon’s office for further evaluation at prescribed times. According to the data from Australian Cosmetic Surgeons, liposuction cases in Australia have outnumbered those in the US. Liposuction in Melbourne, in particular, is pretty rampant, as it is home to some of the finest cosmetic surgeons.

Dr. Mark Attalla

Meet The Author - Dr. Mark Attalla

Dr. Mark Attalla is a dedicated Cosmetic Surgeon with 20 years of surgical experience in cosmetic surgery. He is continuing interest in cutting edge technologies. Dr Attalla presents regularly in national and international conferences and attends workshops to update his surgical skills and techniques. He is the founder and director of Chelsea Cosmetic Surgery and is dedicated to provide the best natural cosmetic results to his clients.

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