Just as any well-designed and precise machine, our body needs energy to operate. If you don't provide necessary amount of energy to your body, it starts to react by slowing your movement during the day or causing headaches. You can provide energy to your body simply consuming food or beverages. But you must be careful about your diet and eat healthy to balance your energy needs. This means if you consume more than you can use, your body tends to store it.
Storing energy might sound as a normal process for our body. But if you insist on having more calories than you can burn, your body starts to convert them to fat and store it on different areas such as hips, abdomen, thighs or arms causing you to gain weight. Once you start gaining weight, your skin also starts to stretch to compensate the new fat deposits under it. After a while, this can cause an unbalanced overall body look affecting your health, look and wardrobe choices.
In order to eliminate these negative changes, you should start burning more calories than you consume by following a healthier diet and exercising. It might take some time but eventually you will start to lose weight by using stored fat deposits. After a while, you might experience stubborn fat deposits on different areas that feels impossible to get rid of. In this situation, a liposuction (also known as lipoplasty, lipectomy, or liposculpture) might be a solution to your problems.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that aims to remove stubborn fat deposits from the body by simply softening and sucking them up. In this procedure, the surgeon adresses different areas of the body that have stubborn fat deposits which does not respond well to traditional and safer weight loss methods such as a healthy diet and excercise. The procedure is usually done on the most fat stored areas such as the belly, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, and under the chin. Although there are different liposuction techniques, they all use the same tool for suction, a thin tube, called a cannula. This tube is connected to a vacuum to remove the fat from the targeted areas in your body. Let’s dig deeper and find out more about different liposuction techniques below.
In this technique, the surgeon starts the procedure by injecting a sterile medical solution to the fat deposits. This solution is a mixture of lidocaine (which is an anesthetic), epinephrine,( which helps blood vessels to shrink), and a salty water mixture, saline. The amount of the injected solution is usually much greater than the amount of fat deposits to be removed. By injecting this mixture into the area, the surgeon aims to soften the targeted fat deposits. Making them softer will help to remove them more easily from the targeted areas with minimal blood loss and pain. Then, the surgeon will continue the procedure by marking an incision area. A small incision on the targeted area will be the entering point of the cannula, which is connected to a vacuum in order to remove fat deposits. The surgeon, then operates the cannula around the addressed area to remove stubborn fat deposits. By removing the fat deposits, the addressed area is carefully reshaped and contours are redefined by the surgeon. The Tumescent Liposuction might be considered the most common technique of liposuction among others.
Super-wet liposuction can be considered as a slightly different variation of tumescent liposuction. Just like the tumescent liposuction , it also aims to softening and removing the fat deposits using a cannula which is connected to a vacuum. Differently from other techniques, the amount of the injected fluid is almost equal to the volume of fat to be removed. Because the injected fluid is lesser, it takes much less time compared to tumescent liposuction. Injecting less fluid also comes with a downside. Because of the amount of the fluid, the anesthetic agents are also reduced and it simply does not have enough power to numb the targeted area. That is why this technique is required to be performed under general anesthesia.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
There are different ways to soften the fat cells and make them easier to remove. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) uses a different technique than injecting large amounts of fluid into the targeted area. In order to soften the fat cells, the surgeon inserts a probe or paddle that emits ultrasonic waves under the skin and turns fat into a liquid state without injecting a solution. After softening the stubborn fat deposits, the liquified fat is removed using a cannula which is connected to a vacuum like other techniques. Surgeons usually prefer using this technique to hard-to-handle areas such as the chin, cheeks, ankles, or calves.
VASER Liposuction stands for “Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance”. It also uses the sound waves to soften the stubborn fat deposits like Ultrasound-assisted liposuction. The liquified fat cells then removed with a cannula and vacuum combination like other procedures. This liposuction technique might be considered as more gentle and precise compared to Ultrasound-assisted liposuction. This allows your surgeon to treat problematic areas more easily by removing the connection between fat cells and muscles. Because it is done with extreme precision, VASER Liposuction offers a quicker recovery time and leaves minimal scarring.
Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL)
As a different technique and solution, Laser-assisted liposuction uses energy of laser beams to loosen and liquefy fat cells. As an entry point, a small incision is made on the skin. The surgeon then inserts an extremely thin fiber-optic cable to shoot laser beams into target stubborn fat deposits. Thanks to the energy created by the laser beams, the liquified fat cells are removed with the help of a cannula attached to a vacuum. Differently from the other cannulas, the cannula used in this technique is reletively smaller. Because of that, surgeons usually prefer this technique on the face or other confined areas. It is considered a minimally invasive technique and offers a quicker recovery time with minimal scarring while providing better-looking aesthetic results.
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