Male Patient 1 – Gynecomastia This 38 year-old man has suffered with gynecomastia for his entire adult life. He underwent removal of 400 cc of fat from each chest using power assisted liposuction. More could technically have been removed, but the postoperative appearance of his chest is proportional to the rest of his body. Should he ever lose weight, his chest would reduce proportionately with the rest of his body.
Skin tightening is not traditionally associated with liposuction. Liposuction is designed to permanently and effectively remove pockets of fat. In addition, plastic surgeons must use delicate technical skill to remove a precise amount of fat. Excessive fat loss through liposuction may create the appearance of lax, sagging skin. Plastic surgeons may advise the tummy tuck procedure and liposuction to be able to trim away excess skin and produce skin tightening for those with larger amounts of unwanted fat and lax abdominal muscles. Then came, laser liposuction. Though laser assisted liposuction is fairly new to the plastic surgery community, a select number of plastic surgeons have opted to focus an emphasis of their practice on laser assisted liposuction.
Laser assisted liposuction involves the use of a laser fiber placed under the skin to thermally change unwanted fat into a liquefied form. Then, the fat may be removed through a very small cannula inserted under the skin. The common tumescent approach uses injectible medications to liquefy fat and vacuum suction unwanted fat from the body through a cannula.
Recent reports indicate that laser assisted liposuction has the ability to help with skin tightening which may not be accomplished through traditional liposuction. Yet, the extent of skin tightening varies among patients. Laser assisted liposuction has been found to be beneficial for the improvement of irregular body contours that may occur in some patients following traditional liposuction. In the end, the golden grail of skin tightening in liposuction may have a ways to go. However, this factor has not stopped over 400,000 women and men from proceeding with liposuction, according to 2007 statistical data reported by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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The liposuction procedure also referred to as lipoplasty is a body-sculpting procedure that removes fat which is unresponsive to exercise and dieting. This surgery can be applied to virtually any area of a person’s body and is commonly used on more than one area during an operation. A liposuction procedure always results in a slimmer and more proportionated figure.
The use of liposuction effectively reduces double-chins, saddlebags, love handles, and bulges around one’s waistline. It is also effective in removing fat from any other unsightly fatty deposits in order to develop a better overall shape and create an overall more beautiful body.
Common reasons for considering liposuction procedures include the elimination of fat from many areas of the body and to create a more proportioned figure. Some of the more commonly areas that are operated on include the chin and neckline, the upper arms, the stomach and waistline, the back, the hips and buttocks, the thighs and knees, and the calves and ankles.
Liposuction surgery should never be thought of as a replacement for proper diet and exercise. Instead a potential patient should think of it as a reduction procedure for areas of the body which are stubborn wherein fat has accumulated. When used in combination with several areas of the body, liposuction is capable of providing a well proportioned appearance of one’s body. An ideal candidate for liposuction would be someone who is already in good physical condition but has a few stubborn areas on his or her body that don’t respond to exercise and diet.
A liposuction procedure can be done under general anesthesia with the patient sleeping or under a local anesthesia where the area is numbed while the patient remains awake. The plastic surgeons inserts the cannula, or narrow tube, through a tiny incision.
The cannula then is used to vacuum out the fatty tissue that is underneath the skin. The plastic surgeon determines the amount of fat that is removed by massaging the patient’s skin and squeezing the tissues. After the excess fat is eliminated, the incisions are shut with the application of a compression bandage or dressing to the area which was treated. This is done in order to prevent bleeding, which reducing swelling and supporting the affected area.
There is more than one liposuction procedure available. This includes ultrasound liposuction and tumescent. These have been developed as a result of advancements in new technologies. With the help of the plastic surgeon, the patient can decide which methods are most appropriate for their case during the consultation visit.
Lipoplasty surgery can last from only thirty minutes up to several hours. This will rely completely on the amount of fat being removed and from where. Liposuction is an excellent procedure that is capable of benefiting those who want to remove unattractive fatty deposits.
Liposuction recovery is now much faster than previously. The length of recovery will obviously depend on how extensive of an operation the patient has undergone. In general, post-operative instructions will call for plenty of rest with limited movement.
A support garment may be worn for several weeks after the procedure depending on the area which was operated upon. There is relatively minor pain associated with liposuction procedures, but oral medication may be prescribed when necessary. The plastic surgeon like Dr Geoffrey Keyes will generally provide instructions to be followed in order to minimize the chance of potential risks.