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5 Interesting Facts about Liposuction You Didn't Know



World's top procedure

According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries and has steadily increased in popularity in the recent years. According to the latest statistics, liposuction remains amongst the top five most sought-after cosmetic surgeries globally. *

The most common areas treated with liposuction include the abdomen - which is often targeted to address stubborn fat pockets, the thighs and buttocks are also one of the most popular treated areas. Liposuction can streamline the waistline and enhance overall body symmetry for those struggling with love handles or excess fat around the hips. The arms and chin are also popular liposuction areas, allowing individuals to achieve sleeker arm contours and a more defined jawline.

 

 

More than 100 years! 

The procedure was firstly introduced in the 1920s and gained popularity in the late 1970s to early 1980s, with technological advancements marking a significant turning point in cosmetic surgery. The first traditional method used a cannula (a thin tube) to break up and suction out the fat manually. *

Over the years, liposuction has undergone a significant transformation, and surgeons have embraced new techniques. Laser liposuction harnesses the power of laser energy to liquefy fat cells before suction to minimize trauma to the surrounding tissues. Similarly, ultrasound-assisted liposuction employs ultrasonic energy to selectively target and emulsify fat cells, allowing for more precise sculpting. Water-assisted liposuction utilizes a gentle stream of pressurized water to dislodge and remove fat cells with minimal disruption to surrounding structures, resulting in less post-operative discomfort and faster recovery.

 

Liposuction as multi-modal procedure 

Liposuction is often integrated into multi-modal treatment plans to address diverse cosmetic concerns and achieve harmonious, balanced outcomes. This integrative approach is particularly evident in combination procedures such as abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, and breast augmentation.

 

Abdominoplasty, a transformative procedure designed to tighten abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat from the midsection, frequently incorporates liposuction to refine contours and optimize results. Similarly, liposuction can be integrated into breast augmentation to enhance overall breast aesthetics and achieve more natural-looking outcomes. Liposuction can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, including facelifts, thigh lifts, and arm lifts, amongst others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liposuction results are not immediate

While highly effective in sculpting and contouring the body, liposuction doesn’t provide immediate results. Patients should expect some degree of swelling and bruising in the treated areas following surgery, which can delay the final outcome. It typically takes several weeks for the initial swelling to subside, allowing patients to notice their new contours. While this process can vary from patient to patient, most individuals will begin to see more significant improvements within a few months after surgery.

Following the post-operative care instructions is crucial in maximizing the results. Compression garments play a vital role in post-operative healing by providing gentle pressure to the treated areas, minimizing swelling, and supporting the skin as it adjusts to its new shape.

 

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure 

One of the most common myths about liposuction is that it is a weight loss procedure. In fact, liposuction is a body contouring technique that targets stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. By selectively targeting and removing these stubborn pockets of fat, liposuction can help patients achieve more sculpted, refined body contours and enhance their overall physique.

 

Patients need to understand that while liposuction can produce noticeable improvements in body shape and proportions, it is not a substitute for adopting healthy habits such as regular exercise and a balanced diet. Liposuction aims to complement a healthy lifestyle by addressing specific areas of concern and helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to sculpt your dream physique? Consult with our experts today to explore how liposuction can enhance your body aesthetics and boost your confidence!

 

 

 

References and Further Reading

*https://www.isaps.org/discover/about-isaps/global-statistics/reports-and-press-releases/global-survey-2022-full-report-and-press-releases/#:~:text=Liposuction%20was%20the%20most%20common,rhinoplasty%20among%20the%20top%20five

*https://cdn.mdedge.com/files/s3fs-public/issues/articles/vol28_i4_History_Lipo.pdf

*https://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/procedure-learning-center/body/liposuction-guide/


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