If you are planning to lose some weight and the traditional methods for doing so do not appeal to you because they are long and boring, then you should consider losing weight instantly. How can this be done? The answer to this question is just one word: liposuction.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that has been designed in order to remove fat from your body. It specifically targets those areas where it is nearly impossible to get rid of the localized fat, such as hips, the stomach, arms, and thighs, for example.
How Does Liposuction Work?
The procedure consists of the introduction into the affected area of a syringe attached to a plastic tube. All the fat in the area will be extracted by mechanical means. The scar left will be almost impossible to spot.
What About Anesthesia and Liposuction?
There are two types of anesthesia that are routinely used during liposuction. One of them is “general anesthesia”, where the patient is asleep throughout the whole procedure. The other type of anesthesia is called “tumescent anesthesia”. In this case, the only parts of the body that are anesthetized are those where the liposuction is to be performed.
Recovery Time After Liposuction Procedure
It all depends on the amount of fat extracted. For smaller amounts, recovery should only take one day. If the amount of fat is considerable, surgeons suggest a couple of days rest. Obviously, in any case, patients are advised against doing strenuous physical activity for a couple of weeks after the procedure. Patients must wear compression garments both during the day and at night for the first week, then only during the day.
Side Effects of Liposuction
As with any surgical procedure, there can be unpleasant side effects. Some of these include swelling of the area, bruised skin, numbness of the skin associated with tumescent anesthesia, pain and, in few cases, infections. These are treated with antibiotics.
Medical Expenses for Undergoing Liposuction
The cost of a liposuction procedure varies greatly from country to country and from surgeon to surgeon. It also depends on how much fat is to be extracted and how many places in your body are going to be modeled. The cost can be anywhere from $1000 to $7500. If in doubt, contact a cosmetic surgeon that can give you a personalized estimate.
Can Liposuction be Carried out More Than Once?
In some patients, the procedure can be repeated many times. In others, it is obligatory to do it two or three times due to the risks involved if too much fat is extracted at the same time.