Things You Ought To Know First Before Undergoing Liposuction Surgery

According to the medical dictionary of Medline Plus, liposuction is the removal of excess body fat by suction with specialized surgical equipments, typically performed by a plastic surgeon.

With the removal of excess body fat, the body appearance improves and evens out distorted body parts. Breasts, buttocks, abdomen, and the face area are some of the most popular body parts that undergo liposuction.

Foremost reason why people resort to liposuction is for cosmetic reasons. They want to eradicate "love handles", unsightly fat bulges, an abnormal chin line, etc.

Liposuction also helps improve sexual function by reducing fat deposits on the inner thighs, thus allowing easier access to the vagina.

Another reason for undergoing liposuction is body shaping that cannot be achieved by diet and/or exercise.

A note of caution, liposuction is not a cure for generalized obesity.

Liposuction is not as easy as just going to the doctor and telling him or her, "I want a liposuction right now." People who want to have liposuction must meet certain criteria:

1) There should be a preliminary consultation. This includes history of the patient, a comprehensive physical examination, and a psychological health examination;

2) There should be a second consultation to give time for the patient to think over the planned liposuction surgery;

3) If the patient is married, the spouse's presence may be required during the consultation;

4) The patient should ask questions about liposuction, express the reasons for the consultation, and must feel satisfied with the answers to their questions;

5) The patient must fully understand the pre-operative liposuction preparations, the liposuction procedures, and the precise post-operative liposuction care to avoid lethal complications;

6) The patient must have realistic expectations. Liposuction enhances the body appearance and boost self-confidence but it will never result to a perfect body.

Because liposuction is a medical procedure, there are risks involved. Some of the complications that may happen upon having liposuction are:

* Fluid imbalance due to the removal of a lot of liquid during liposuction and/or injection of large amounts of liquid during liposuction which can result to shock, heart problems, or kidney problems.

* Infections happen after any surgery and some physicians prescribe an antibiotic to patients having liposuction so it is important to keep the wound clean. Infections may be life threatening such as necrotizing fasciitis (bacteria eating away the tissue) or the toxic shock syndrome caused by bacteria associated with surgery.

* Embolism occurs when tiny globules of fat trapped in the blood stream blocks the blood flow to the tissue. This may cause permanent disability. Signs of pulmonary embolism are shortness of breath or difficulty of breathing.

* Drug reactions or overdose from lidocaine is fatal. Lidocaine is a drug that numbs the skin and large doses of this is used during liposuction. The effects of lidocaine are lightheadedness, restlessness, drowsiness, slurred speech, muscle twitching, and convulsions. Overdose of this drug may cause the heart to stop which is naturally fatal.

* Burns caused by the ultrasound probe during ultrasound assisted liposuction.

* Visceral perforations or puncture wounds in the organs may require another surgery and can be fatal. During liposuction, the physician does not see where the probe (canula) is, so it is possible to harm internal organs.

* Skin death (skin necrosis) occurs when skin changes color and fall off. This may also cause infection.

* Paresthesias is an altered sensation at the site of liposuction. This may be in the form of increased sensitivity in the area or loss of feeling. Some cases of this are permanent.

* Swelling

* Death

Given that the surgery had no major complications, recovery from liposuction can still be difficult.

The liposuctioned area appears larger than before because of swelling.

Special compression garments must be worn for two to three weeks to reduce swelling, bleeding, and to help contour the new body. The patient starts to feel better after a week or two after liposuction.

Walking is recommended after liposuction to prevent blood clots forming in the legs. Finally, exercise and diet will help keep your new shape.

-------------------------
Note: This article may be freely reproduced as long as the AUTHOR'S resource box at the bottom of this article is included and and all links must be Active/Linkable with no syntax changes.
-------------------------

©Charlene J. Nuble 2005. For up to date links and information about liposuction, please go to: http://liposuction.besthealthlink.net/ or for updated links and information on all health related topics, go to: http://www.besthealthlink.net/

In The News:

In a Word . . . Beauty  The Irish Times
Perception of beauty  The Times of India Blog

How To Wear Contact Lenses In The Allergy Season

The allergy seasons are a real challenge, especially if you... Read More

A Crazy Life and Pimples

The factors contributing to acne breakouts are many. Hormonal influences,... Read More

Dermaglow For Natural Skin

Bring natural beauty to your skin with the launch of... Read More

Why Tanning Saloons Are The New Beauty Destination

Tanning is so much in fashion that tanning saloons are... Read More

Repelling the Sunshine Killer

A Protective Cover for Your Skin, with Sun BlockUV rays... Read More

5 DIY Anti-aging Tactics

Do you want your life story to be a long... Read More

Soothing The Itch - Natural Remedies For Itchy Skin

Has your scalp or skin ever been uncomfortably itchy? Do... Read More

Make Your Pores Behave

Smooth and soft skin, even tone, rosy glow, pores invisible... Read More

Risks Of Tanning Beds - Not All They Are Hyped Up To Be

The risks of tanning beds aren't all that it's hyped... Read More

Testimonials on Permanent Makeup

Testimonials on Permanent MakeupI first thought about getting permanent eyeliner... Read More

How to Select a Qualified Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic or aesthetic surgery is a very popular subject these... Read More

3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy

There are plenty of articles out there about what to... Read More

Dont Let Your Kanji Tattoo Get Lost In Translation

Thinking of getting a kanji tattoo or kanji jewelry? Then... Read More

USA and Canada in the Top of Indoor Tanning Products

In United States of America and Canada, indoor tanning products... Read More

Sunless Tanning: Tips For A Safe, Gorgeous Tan

Tanning products, both sunless and sun, work on the epidermis,... Read More

Protect the Skin Youre In

Summer is approaching and thousands of people will be working... Read More

Human Hair Extensions Create Beautiful Long Hair Styles Instantly

As you glance across virtually every print medium such as... Read More

5 Tips to Enjoying Your Day Spa Visit

There's just something about walking into a day spa, isn't... Read More

Handmade Soap Facts

How many people know what soap really is?... Read More

What Diet Your Skin Needs: Find Out!

There is no denying the fact that appropriate diet not... Read More

Seven Things to do Now to Look Good Always!

Fashion magazines target people every day with lists and charts... Read More

Natural Prescription for Eczema

-Identify food allergies and eliminate the offending foods from you... Read More

Contact Lenses are Easy to Get Online, As Long as You Know How, and You Choose the Right Brands

Eye glasses have really come a long way over the... Read More

Effective Ways To Remove Dark Cicles Under Eyes

Dark circles under the eyes are known to be signs... Read More

Breast Growth - Stimulating Further Breast Growth in Women and Men

Breast growth occurs in teenage women as a normal part... Read More