Life is a gift given to us by the Creator that we should cherish. And being one of God’s creation, we mortal being, are characterized by imperfection and is always aspiring for physical improvement. This endless desire for perfection in the physical aspect of life is but natural for us. Some might view it as vanity but as the late Pope Pius XII would say it “if we consider physical beauty in its Christian light and we respect the condition set by our moral standards, then aesthetic enhancement is not a contraindication to the will of God, in that it restore the greatest work of creation, man”.
We continue to be amazed by the way Man was created, this admiration to the human body could be seen through the works of painters and sculpture like Leonardo Da Vinci and others. This artistic sense could also be seen in the field of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. This is the field of medicine through which art and science merge together as most cosmetic procedure would demand an artistic touch by a Plastic Surgeon. Liposuction or better termed as Liposculpture is one of the cosmetic procedure that would demand a surgeon’s artistic touch.
While it is an accepted fact that Diet and Exercise effectively and safely remove unwanted fat deposit in our body, but there are area of the body that is difficult to address with this modality. This unwanted fat deposit could be better managed with Liposuction. However, liposuction is not a low-effort alternative to exercise and diet. It is a form of body contouring or sculpturing and not a weight loss regimen. This is a surgical procedure that removes unsightly fat deposit and contour the body. The fats under the skin are removed with the use of hollow pen like instrument that is vacuum assisted. The procedure could be used to remove unwanted fats at the abdomen, thighs, back, arms and face area. Liposuction is also used to remove excess fat in a male breast, but the procedure is more popularly use in other parts of the body.
There are several factors that limit the amount of fat that can be safely removed in one session. But the final decision will be discussed by both the patient and the surgeon. The average amount of fat that could be removed in a single session is 10 pounds or 5 kg. But there are some reports of people removing 50 pounds or 23 kg, which is exaggerated and too risky. However, there is a downside in removing too much fat. This are dents, lumpiness or contour deformity seen in the skin of patients who were over suctioned. However, the contouring possible with liposuction may cause the appearance of weight loss to be greater than the actual amount of fat removed. The procedure may be performed under general or local (“tumescent”) anesthesia. The safety of the technique relates to the amount of tissue removed, the choice of anesthetic, and the patient’s overall health.
Through the years, this section of cosmetic plastic surgery had experienced many changes in response to our desire for a perfect youthful body. Liposuction which is also known as “lipoplasty” or “suction assisted lipectomy,” underwent series of refinements. Today, a number of new techniques, including ultrasound-assisted lipectomy (UAL), the tumescent technique, and the super-wet technique, are being used by many plastic surgeons to provide selected patients with more precise results and quicker recovery times. Although no type of liposuction is a good substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
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