Most everyone has heard of the term liposuction, which refers to the removal of fatty lumps from under the skin, usually around the stomach. There are a number of different ways of performing liposuction and different surgeons may offer a choice between traditional, super wet, tumescent, mechanical, ultrasonic and laser liposuction.
Until recently liposuction was seen as a procedure that only women had done when they wanted to rid themselves of excess fat under the skin or when they wanted to lose some weight around the middle. Nowadays, men are taking more care of themselves and more of them are going for liposuction.
Some men and women have bad eating habits that result in an excess of fat and men who want to look their best, may opt to have liposuction to remove unwanted fat. However, most surgeons will tell you that liposuction is not a long term solution for losing weight and it is far better to have a good diet and exercise regime before you decide you may need surgery.
Liposuction is a relatively straight forward procedure but it should not be seen as an alternative to diet and exercise and is usually undertaken where there is fatty tissue that is resistant to the normal methods. One thing that most surgeons will say is that it is not wise to have too much liposuction done at one time. If there is a lot of excess fat then this should be treated in stages to avoid any after effects.
If you are thinking of having liposuction then the first thing you should do is talk to your GP as he or she will know of any existing problems and whether liposuction should be used when a person has particular health problems.
Most people who are having liposuction for the first time want to know about the risks of liposuction. There are a number of different methods that surgeons will use to perform liposuction, a lot depends on the person and the type of problem they have. One way of removing unwanted fatty tissue is to inject an anesthetic into the mass, after which an incision is made and the fat drawn out.
A less painful means is known as power assisted surgery. Power assisted liposuction has been in use for around ten years and in this procedure the tube that is inserted to draw of the fat is assisted by extra power. This makes it much easier to shake the fat cells loose while leaving the remaining skin and tissue unharmed.
What type of liposuction you have depends on the individual and the amount of excess fat that needs removing. One of the latest methods for removing fatty lumps is the use of ultrasonic technology, which involves using ultrasonic waves to target the fat. Many people prefer this because it is less invasive with the use of ultrasonic liposuction and tends to leave the stomach much firmer and flatter.
Most people tend to react favorably to ultrasonic technology and it can work very well, however, you should ask the doctor which technique might be best for you rather than demand to have your liposuction undertaken in a certain way. Liposuction can be very expensive and may mean a stay in hospital so it is a good idea to check out how much various procedures cost before you take a decision