Liposuction (also known as lipoplasty) is a form of cosmetic surgery used to reduce fat deposits by gently suctioning them out of the body. Focusing on the layer of fat between the skin and muscle, removing this excess fat can create a slimmer and more toned silhouette. Liposuction procedures are usually performed on specific ‘problem areas’ like the hips, thighs, or abdomen, though it can be used on most areas of the body or face.
According to the latest figures released by (ASAPS), cosmetic surgical procedures increased almost 1 percent in the past year, with over 1.6 million procedures in 2011. Surgical procedures accounted for 18% of the total numbers of procedure performed representing 63% of total expenditures. Liposuction remained the most popular cosmetic procedure by far with a total of 325, 332 operations.
History of Cosmetic Surgery Liposuction
The idea of cutting away excess fat to create a better physical shape was first explored in the early twentieth century. However, because the suction technique now used for liposuction had not yet been developed, this involved surgeons physically cutting away excess tissue, and frequently led to infection and other problems. In the 1960s, surgeons first began to use a cannula, or thin metal tube, to suction out the fat. These early forms of liposuction were usually performed with general anesthesia, and were considered major surgery. Soon, a pair of surgeons developed the ‘wet’ or ‘tumescent’ liposuction technique. Today’s liposuction methods are much safer than those performed many decades ago, leading to the rising popularity of liposuction.
Recent Advances in Lipo Surgery
Newer liposuction techniques combine the tumescent process with additional methods to further break up the fat, making today’s liposuction procedures even easier and causing less pain and other side effects. These methods use ultrasound waves, surgical lasers, a vibrating cannula, or other techniques to break apart the fat, avoiding damage to the surrounding tissues while making it easier to remove the fat cells.
Today, most liposuction treatments are tumescent techniques, meaning that a saline solution is injected into the targeted area before the fat is removed. This fluid serves to numb the area while breaking the fat into small pieces for easier removal. Then, the doctor inserts a cannula, or thin metal tube, which is attached to a suctioning device to gently remove the fatty tissue. For more information about liposuction, please take a look at the links below.
Liposuction is offered by thousands of cosmetic surgeons across the United States. It can be quite affordable, though prices depend on the area of the body being treated. In general, liposuction is less expensive when used to treat a small area of the body than when used to treat larger or multiple body parts.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction procedures cost an average of approximately $3,000, but they can range from $1,500 to $8,000 or more, depending on the specifics of your procedure.
To find out how much your liposuction procedure will cost, schedule a consultation with a surgeon who offers liposuction treatments.
Liposuction is not considered weight loss surgery, but a way to sculpt a specific area of the body that is the location of excess fat. Before committing to undergo liposuction, be realistic with yourself regarding the potential results of liposuction. Don’t think of liposuction as a fast-track weight loss method, since most procedures result in a loss of five pounds or less. Instead, consider liposuction as a way to target bulges of stubborn excess fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise. Many patients find that liposuction results provide a boost of self-confidence by creating more aesthetically pleasing curves.