Liposuction surgery is one of the most requested cosmetic surgery procedures requested around the world. It is known by different names, lipoplasty, liposculpture, lipectomy, or lipo. It is a procedure that breaks up and sucks unnecessary fats out of the body. It is not a weight loss tool or a treatment for obesity, rather it is a cosmetic procedure to enhance the contour of the body.
In liposuction surgery, fats are removed through a hollow instrument, known as a cannula. It is inserted through an incision on the skin. It is connected to a high-pressure vacuum to suck out the fats. The amount of fat that can be safely removed is limited.
The areas that are commonly targeted for liposuction include the following:
- Area under the chin
- Upper arms
- Inner Knees
Liposuction can permanently remove fat cells and alter body shape. However, if the patient does not lead a healthy lifestyle, there is a risk that the remaining fat cells will enlarge.
Proper patient selection is important to ensure that the patient achieves the desired result. Doing so will also spare them from potential complications and a botched outcome.
Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a procedure that can remove loose skin and tighten abdominal muscles to correct a protruding belly. This leaves the midsection flatter and toned. It is a popular procedure for men and women who have undergone dramatic weight loss or pregnancy.
What makes this procedure popular is its ability to address aesthetic concerns shared by many today. However, not everybody can be considered a good candidate for surgery. The surgeon will carefully evaluate potential candidates because this is an invasive procedure riddled with several risks. Proper patient selection will also ensure that patients safely achieve the results they desire.
While the results of a tummy tuck may be long-lasting, it is not permanent. Women who becomes pregnant again after a tummy tuck is at risk of stretching the abdominal muscles and skin gain. When this happens, the patient may opt for a secondary procedure to regain the desired contours again.
A labiaplasty, or vaginal rejuvenation, is a surgical procedure designed to reshape a woman’s labia minora – or the inner lips of the vulva. Women request it for cosmetic reasons, while some do it to avoid the discomfort when wearing underwear or tight pants.
This procedure can be done under local or general anaesthesia. It is also done to reduce asymmetry when one side of the labia is longer than the other one. It can also reduce the length of both labia so that it doesn’t get tugged or twisted when wearing tight clothes.
There are different techniques on how this procedure is performed. The surgeon can either use the trim or the wedge technique. The surgeons expertise is important to avoid problems like over-resection.
The recovery for this surgery can be swift and uncomplicated. Most patients take a week from work. This is enough time to rest as the swelling goes down and pain has abated. While most distorting swelling can take 6 weeks to dissipate, any residual swelling can take up to six months.
The procedure will result in a labia that no longer hang below the labia majora (the outer lips). Patients who experienced twisting and tugging also reported relief and comfort.
A liquid liposuction, or tumescent liposuction, is one of the approaches in liposuction today. It uses a fat dissolving solution to liquefy unwanted fats. It allows surgeons to remove greater quantities of fats from problem areas in the body. With this technique, there is less bruising, swelling, and downtime.
.allows the cannula to move more freely. It can do the job with significantly less force than older liposuction techniques, lessening the possibility of trauma to surrounding areas.
Since the procedure is minimally invasive and less traumatic, it has little to no downtime. Patients can already return to their normal routine faster.
Butt implants, or buttock augmentation is a procedure for those who wish to enhance the appearance, size, and shape of the buttocks. It involves the surgical insertion of artificial body implants into the patients buttocks to achieve a proportionate figure.
Buttock augmentation can be performed as an outpatient procedure which takes two to three hours to finish. The total procedure time will vary depending on the surgeon’s experience, the patient’s anatomy, the technique used, and other factors.
Butt implants offer long lasting results and it is also highly satisfying especially if it is fashioned proportionately to the patient’s physique.
Hymenorrhapy or hymen reconstruction surgery is a temporary surgical restoration of the hymen. Some women request this procedure to repair a torn hymen. Aside from personal choice, the decision to get this procedure is often driven by culture and societal reasons.
There are different techniques to this procedure. It includes the flap, surgical adhesion, luminal reduction, and suture-only technique. Depending on the technique used, the expertise, and other factors coming into play, this procedure can take one to two hours.
The procedure is generally safe with a high chance of success. Patients can already return to work the next day, although there will still be swelling and mild discomfort.
A hymenorrhaphy alone can already create satisfaction in patients. However, one can choose to combine it with procedures like a Labiaplasty for optimal results.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Also referred to as a brachioplasty, an arm lift is one of the rapidly growing operations in cosmetic surgery. The increasing requests to refine the shape of their arms is driven by the desire for slimmer arms. Fortunately, there is a wide body of knowledge available on the heels of the establishment of body contouring.
An arm lift treats sagging underarms by removing excess fats and removing the extra skin. This can make the upper arms look more toned and defined.
Brazilian Butt Lift
A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) uses a person’s own fat to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks. The surgeon uses liposuction to remove fat from areas like the stomach, hips, and thighs. The harvested fat is then injected into the butt cheeks and outer hips.
The amount of fat needed for optimal results will depend on the patient’s body proportion. A surgeon must evaluate the patient to determine the right amount of fat that can shape the patient’s buttocks without going overboard.
The surgeon’s techniques and expertise are important to patient safety and surgical success. While the treatment takes on a more natural approach since it uses the patient’s own fats, it still comes with risks. With the right techniques and proper monitoring, it is possible for the patients to safely achieve desired results.
Thigh Lift Surgery
A thigh lift surgery is a procedure that reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin and fats either from the inner or outer thighs. This is often desired by patients who experience severe sagging in the thigh area due to dramatic weight loss.
In some cases, liposuction may be used as an adjunct to inner thigh recontouring. The direction of the procedure, and even the healing process, will depend on whether a patient will undergo a medial (inner) or lateral (outer) thigh lift. Deep sutures within the underlying tissues may also be used to form and support the newly shaped contours.
The smoother and tighter contouring that results from a thigh lift is obvious almost immediately. Although, the initial result may be obscured by swelling and bruising.
The results of a thigh lift are long lasting. As the excess skin is removed, the patient can avoid problems like chafing and skin infections. On the whole, it can give patients a boost of confidence.