There are several definitions for liposuction but they all point out to one thing – the removal of unwanted excess fat by suction with the use of specialized surgical equipment and it is usually performed by plastic surgeons.
Liposuction helps to improve and enhance the body appearance with most patients actually undergoing the procedure to look more attractive. Liposuction also helps to even out distorted body parts. Common areas worked on during a liposuction procedure are the buttocks, breasts, the face area, and the abdomen.
Most people undergo liposuction for cosmetic reasons with the intention of eradicating love handles, abnormal chin line, fat bulges, among others.
Liposuction can also be used to enhance sexual function as it can be employed in the reduction of fat deposits on the inner thighs. This allows for easier access to the vagina.
Some people also undergo liposuction in order to get the desired body shape that seems impossible to be achieved with exercise and diets.
It should be noted that liposuction should be considered a cure for obesity.
The process of undergoing a liposuction procedure goes beyond just entering the surgeon’s office and seeking a procedure. There are some criteria to be met and some steps to be taken by people wanting a liposuction. In no particular order, here is a list of criteria to be met and some basic steps to ensure you do not regret ever visiting that plastic surgeon.
The first step is a preliminary consultation which should include a history of the patient, psychological and comprehensive physical examination. This helps to ensure the patient is physically and mentally prepared for the procedure.
A second consultation should be made to enable the patient have enough time to think the planned liposuction surgery over before making a decision. If married, the patient might be required to come along with his or her spouse during the consultation.
As a patient, questions about liposuction should be asked and the reasons for the consultation should be clearly stated. The questions should be answered to the patient’s satisfaction before deciding on whether or not to undergo the procedure.
Asking these questions and getting satisfactory responses ensures the patient is fully aware and understands every step of the procedure and what they entail.
Another point to be noted by patients is that as much as liposuction enhances the body appearance and helps to build self-confidence, it will be almost impossible to have a perfect body irrespective of the surgeon or the cost involved.
Some of the risks involved in liposuction include fluid imbalance, infections, drug reactions, skin death, swelling, and a host of others. Liposuction is a great way of improving one’s appearance but proper caution should be taken before going under the knife.