It seems that everybody has an opinion on how to lose weight. Everybody has a solution or a piece of advice to impart; a magic pill that will make you lose ten pounds overnight, a fool-proof strategy involving carrot juice and a witchdoctor or a crazy diet they read about in ‘Gullible Women’s Weekly’ magazine or ‘What Not To’ digest. Of course, medical experts and dietitians tell us that all we need to do to lose weight is to eat sensibly and exercise regularly, but it’s not always that easy. Sometimes fat just won’t budge no matter how hard we try and no matter how many tasteless boiled vegetables and diet pills we push around our otherwise empty plates. Fat clings to difficult areas such as the thighs, neck, chin and face, and simply refuses to let go. It’s usually the areas we are most self-conscious about that are harder to lose weight from. That’s where liposuction comes in.
Liposuction has received a lot of bad press since it’s birth in the 1980s, gaining a reputation as a harsh, invasive procedure. Older liposuction procedures were exactly that and were recommended only as a drastic last resort to the clinically overweight. However, in recent years a number of medical and technological advances have been made, enabling surgeons to pioneer new liposuction procedures that are more precise and less invasive. Now it truly be said that liposuction has changed. Pioneering new procedures, using lasers and ultrasonic technology have reduced the side effects, reduced post-operative discomfort, reduced risks and increased the effectiveness of body altering surgery. A number of liposuction alternatives and non-surgical liposuction procedures have also surfaced, meaning that you don’t even have to put yourself under the knife to enjoy the benefits of rapid weight loss.
Of course, with all of these new liposuction procedures does come one problem. How do you know which type of liposuction is best for you. It can be difficult to navigate the minefield of liposuction option, so here’s a breakdown of the different types of liposuction on offer.
This liposuction technique uses lasers to melt fat prior to it’s removal from the body. The liquidated fat is much easier to remove so there the need for harsh suction is reduced. There are two types of laser liposuction, internal and external. With external laser liposuction the laser is used outside the patient’s body before the surgery begins. With internal laser liposuction the laser is attached to the cannula (the suction device). The addition of a laser to the liposuction table has several benefits. For example, the laser stimulates the natural production of collagen, helping to tighten the skin and reduce post-surgical sagging. The laser also cauterises ruptured blood vessels to reduce bleeding and bruising.
Ultrasonic liposuction uses concentrated sound waves to break down fat. As with laser liposuction this can be done internally or externally. The advantage of melting fat using ultrasonic waves is that they can be focused in such a way that they will not damage other types of tissue. This limits the amount of damage done to the body and reduces post-operative recovery time.
Smart liposuction is a very clever little procedure. Think of it as Scrappy Doo to liposuction’s Scooby – it’s smaller but it’s also smarter and faster, if a little impetuous. Smart lipo removes smaller amounts of fat without the need for the patient to be sedated. Instead, only a local anaesthetic is used. Lasers are also used (internally) to limit the recovery time.
Vaser liposuction a pioneering new treatment that promises to change the way we think about liposuction and our bodies. It’s very similar to Smart Liposuction in that it is done under a local anesthetic and takes very little time. However it employs ultrasonic technology instead of lasers and can be used to remove much larger amounts of fat. Vaser Lipo is being called a ‘walk in, walk out’ liposuction because it takes such little time and the recovery period is extremely short. The ultrasonic technology used in Vaser liposuction is so advanced that it can be precisely targeted in a specific area without damaging other tissue. Surgeons can use this to remove small amounts of fat contained in the muscles in order to make the muscles appear more toned. This extremely refined procedure is called high definition vaser lipo which makes it possible to sculpt an already healthy body. Rather than those who are carrying excess weight, vaser lipo HD is aimed at those seeking the perfect body image.
If even these high-tech, friendlier liposuction procedures don’t sound like something you can stomach you could always try an alternative to liposuction. Lipo injections, such as mesotherapy and lipo dissolve, for example. These procedures offer all the advantages of modern liposuction, including rapid weight loss and minimal side effects, without the need to undergo any surgery whatsoever. A fat dissolving solution is injected into the target area. This solution, long with the liquidated fat, then passes safely out of your body through your urine over a period of a several days. You quite literally flush the excess fat out of your system.
Of course, the surgery isn’t the only aspect of liposuction that until a few years ago was receiving bad press. The price used to be a point of criticism too. But you’ll be pleased to find out that even that has changed. Not only have surgeons been forced to lower prices through a competitive market and popular demand, but the introduction of liposuction on a smaller scale, in the form of smart liposuction and vaser liposuction also make liposuction procedures much more accessible.
With all of these advancements to the ways that surgeons remove fat from our bodies, it’s easy to see why liposuction is becoming increasingly popular in both men and women from all walks of life. It’s now so easy to remove excess fat and give yourself the body you’ve always wanted with liposuction surgery or lipo injections.