Weighing the Risks of Liposuction Against the Benefits

Liposuction - Things You Need to Know

liposuctionLike any medical procedure, there are risks involved with liposuction that may come your way, but there are benefits of liposuction too. So before dismissing liposuction, it is advisable to educate yourself about the liposuction risks as weighed against the benefits.

First of all, liposuction is becoming a popular medical procedure that many fat people opt for to reduce the amount of body fat on their bodies. This popularity means that the technology behind liposuction (which is now also known by other names such as “lipo”, liposculpture suction lipectomy, or lipoplasty) is becoming more and more advanced through time as more and more knowledge about it is learned and disseminated in the medical community.

Second, there is no doubt that liposuction does produce positive effects on the aesthetic appearance of a patient’s body. Although lipo is not a solution to obesity, it can reduce the amount of body fat in problem areas of a patient’s body. This can help a patient feel better about themselves and may even motivate the patient to take further steps to improve their health and aesthetic appearance.

There are also certain medical conditions wherein liposuction can actually do some good. These conditions include  gynecomastia (or the appearance of fatty breast tissue in male patients), lipomas (or the presence of fatty benign tumors), or lipodystrophy syndrome (or a lipid metabolism problem characterized by the lack of enough fat in certain areas of the body and the presence of too much fat in other areas.) That is why it is erroneous to think that liposuction is simply for the wealthy set who are too lazy to exercise.

However, the benefits do not cancel out the risks and side effects of liposuction. Research has shown that the amount of fat that is eliminated from the body may actually increase the risks of liposuction. So anyone seeking to have a lot of fat removed from his body needs to be educated about these risks which are quite significant indeed.

The types of liposuction procedure to be used will also influence the risks of liposuction that may be experienced. For instance, the history of liposuction has shown that ultrasound techniques seem to have resulted in quite a few complications.

The known procedures are called tumescent liposuction, wet liposuction, super-wet liposuction, dry liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction (also named ultrasonic liposuction), power-assisted liposuction (also named powered liposuction), and laser-assisted lipolysis (also named laser-guided lipo.) You should understand what each procedure seeks to do before opting for one or many of these.

The risks of liposuction also do not outweigh the known benefits of a good diet, regular and sound exercise, and lifestyle changes. Rather, liposuction should only be resorted to when it seems fatty deposits are proving difficult to remove through changes in nutrition and daily activities. It is important that a patient explain to his physician what he hopes to achieve through cosmetic surgery so that the risks of liposuction can in return be explained to him.

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