Liposuction: Expectations, Specifics, and Risks

Thanks to advancements in medical technology, the act of removing excess fat from the body can now be done quickly and painlessly with a simple procedure. This process, known as liposuction, is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed in the world. It is done either as a tumescent liposuction, whichextracts the fat from the body using traditional means (i.e. anesthetics and a tube), or as an ultrasound-assisted procedure, which liquefies the fat before removing it manually.

Regardless of how it’s done, liposuction has proven to be quite popular among fitness enthusiasts and weight-conscious individuals. Although its purpose is to remove fatty deposits in the body, liposuction is best treated as a cosmetic procedure. Doctors don’t advertise it as an alternative to weight-loss programs. Aside from cosmetic purposes, liposuction is carried out to remove benign, fatty tumors from the body, treat gynecomastia (i.e. unnatural enlargement of male breasts) and metabolism problems.

Naturally, the procedure is not without its risks. Pain, bruising, and swelling of the body are all common side effects of someone who has undertaken liposuction, which is why patients are monitored for hours after the procedure. Compression garments are usually worn for about three to four weeks to reduce these side effects, although the pain and bruising tend to go away after a week or so.

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