Liposuction is a highly popular types of plastic surgery that allows you to reshape certain areas of the body for a more fit and healthy appearance. Given the popularity of this plastic surgery, you may want to know about some of the more unusual areas that liposuction can treat, as the standard treatment areas of the hips, thighs, arms, and stomach aren't the only places on the body that this procedure can be used with. If you want to reshape a specific area of your body to improve your contours, liposuction could be the right treatment for you.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a type of procedure that's used to reshape portions of the body through the direct removal of any fat deposits that are unnecessary. The end goal for this treatment is to make the treatment area slimmer with better contours and proportions. It's a very simple and straightforward procedure, which means that it can be readily used in many areas across the body, allowing you to remove excess fat in practically any location. In most cases, you will only need to go through one treatment of liposuction in order to see results.
Given that this is one of the more popular plastic surgery procedures available, the results have become consistent and the procedure is known to be safe, which means that the risks of obtaining this treatment are minimal. You should also be aware of the fact that this procedure can't act as a method for you to lose a high amount of weight. To obtain the best results with this treatment, it's important that you exercise regularly and eat well.
What Does the Liposuction Procedure Involve?
Once you've scheduled your liposuction appointment, the first step to the procedure involves the administration of one of the three types of anesthesia, which can include general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or intravenous sedation. While the choice is entirely up to you, a general anesthesia affects the entire body and causes you to lose consciousness during the treatment, while the other two types of anesthesia will only numb the treatment area. It's widely recommended that you obtain general anesthesia if the treatment you're receiving is extensive.
Once you've received some form of anesthesia, small incisions will be made around the treatment area. The placement of these incisions largely depends on where on the body you want the liposuction procedure to take place. Given the fact that many areas across your body qualify for this treatment, it's impossible to identify the exact incision placement. When the incisions have been made, a tiny tube will be placed through the incision to loosen the fat, after which this fat will be suctioned throughout a unique type of vacuum. The incisions will finally be closed with sutures after the appropriate amount of fat has been removed. You will begin to notice the results of this treatment as the swelling lessens in the treatment area.
What Are Some Unusual Areas That Liposuction Can Treat?
The core areas of the body that liposuction is designed to treat include the thighs, hip, arms, and stomach, but this procedure can be used on many additional portions of the body. Although not as common as some of the other treatment areas, it's possible to obtain a liposuction for your back, especially if you notice the presence of back rolls. Despite how little this procedure is used on the back, this area of the body works well with liposuction due to how thick the skin is. For men, this procedure can be used on the chest when suffering from a mild case of gynecomastia. Other unusual areas of the body that this procedure can be used with include the upper abdomen and the legs.
What to Expect When Recovering From Liposuction
Once the liposuction procedure is completed, you may be required to wear small bandages or a compression garment in order to keep the swelling down. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with some specific guidelines to ensure that the recovery process is a smooth one. The time it takes for you to recover from this procedure can depend on how extensive the treatment was. If the area where the liposuction occurred is a small one, the swelling and small amounts of bleeding may dissipate in a matter of a few weeks. For larger treatment areas, be prepared for the swelling to be visible for a couple of months. If ever the swelling worsens or doesn't dissipate when you thought it would, call your plastic surgeon immediately.
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