Cosmetic surgery is a burgeoning business, with the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery estimating that approximately 1 billion dollars worth of procedures are performed in Australia each year.Around 30 000 of these procedures are liposuction.Liposuction can be performed via a variety of methods, but is a procedure that will remove deposits of fat within the body.As fat cells are extracted from specific areas, it will typically be performed under a local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic. Today, you could choose to undergo laser guided liposuction, tumescent liposuction, power liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, and water-jet assisted liposuction.It is a particularly popular procedure to remove genetically obtained fat deposits that are not able to be rectified with exercise or diet modifications.
Although this procedure has traditionally resided in the domain of cosmetic surgery, the prevalence of liposuction has paved the way for a variety of applications that offer significant health benefits which extend beyond aesthetic considerations.
In general of course, the benefits of removing fat deposits are apparent as a person’s physical and mental well being are impacted upon by a reduction in body mass. However, there are a variety of other applications which liposuction can improve overall health.
Breast reduction liposuction
Heavy breasts can cause major health complications such as back and neck pain, breathing problems, posture abnormalities and even skin issues. Liposuction from specialist clinics has the ability to reduce up to 50% of breast size with an almost scar free outcome.
Importantly, this procedure does not interfere with breastfeeding ability and is known to yield a more natural looking result compared to other types of breast reduction surgeries.
Medical condition treatment
Studies have found that liposuction can be offered as an effective treatment for a variety of medical conditions. Lymphoedema is one such long term problem that can be viably treated.Lymphatic obstructions are controlled with liposuction and results in reduced swelling and pain.Originally pioneered in Sweden by Professor Håkan Brorson, liposuction used as a treatment modality removes fat from an affected limb, and has proved to be more successful than other surgical techniques for this condition.
Other medical issues that may be addressed through various liposuction procedures include lipomas, lipodystrophy syndrome and also clinically diagnosed underarm sweating.Again, liposuction offers a less invasive treatment option than other surgical methods.
There are also emerging applications of liposuction asa methodto alleviate pain related conditions. It is established in several studies that in the short to medium term,pain associated conditions such as Dercum’s disease can benefit from liposuction procedures. Although more research in this area is required, it has been noted that chronic pain was markedly reduced for Dercum’s suffers after liposuction surgery was performed,with some postoperative effect remaining after 5 years.
Trauma related liposuction
Liposuction has also made its mark as a procedure in the postoperative management of trauma injuries. This particular application is a procedure used in instances of open lower limb fractures that have been closed with an anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap as a means to reconstruct the defects in the soft tissue. Some patients reportedly dislike the bulk of this layer of skin both aesthetically and functionally. Liposuction can be used to thin the ALT flap once the patient’s swelling has settled and the fracture has united. In this instance, the physical health of these patients can be improved as a bulkier ALT flap around the ankles and feet, for example, can impinge upon the ankle and alter its movement. Liposuction of the flap contours this area and reduces bulging. Therefore, liposuction not only enhances cosmetic appearance but also improves postoperative function in this type of trauma related injury.
Liposuction typically removes small amounts of fat to make cosmetic adjustments in specific areas of the body but in recent years it has become an option for people wishing to remove significant amounts of excess fat. Mega liposuction is a procedure that is intended to kick start a person’s weight loss, but it is however, not a cure for obesity. This procedure results in a more significant alteration to the body’s shape with some people having up to 10 liters of fat removed over the course of several treatments.
Mega liposuction may still be performed if you have had a lap band procedure performed, but is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise to improve your well being and physical fitness also.
If you are considering liposuction, seek out a center that not only has highly qualified staff, but those who have experience in the type of liposuction and outcome that you are seeking to achieve. Be sure they are government accredited to know that you will be receiving a specific standard of care, whether it be in hospital, day surgery or the offices of a doctor.
With improvements to procedures and recovery time evolving, the variety of medical and cosmetic issues that liposuction can now address is constantly increasing. Booking a consultation with a clinic that will offer an obligation free assessment is a good starting point to learn more about how liposuction could work for you.