Top 3 reasons not to have liposuction
In theory, liposuction sounds great – you go to the doctor’s office and soon after you emerge with less body fat. And looking at liposuction before and after pictures brings us to the idea that it is a quick fix for all the sadness in your body. In fact, liposuction is neither quick nor easy; it is a serious procedure with considerable recovery time and potentially serious side effects. While it may be a good option for some people, there are many reasons not to have liposuction.
1. It is not a solution to lose weight. One of the biggest myths about liposuction is that it is a good weight loss tool. The truth is, it is not actually recommended for people who are overweight or obese. It is best used by people who are at their ideal weight but have a problem spot or two that just won’t go away with diet and exercise. The reason? The results of liposuction are best seen on firm skin, and overweight people who undergo the procedure are often left with flabby and flabby skin. It is more to shape than to reduce shape.
2. Side effects and complications can be serious. Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure in which a long, thin tube is inserted under the skin to remove fat deposits. Due to the nature of the surgery, bruising, swelling, scarring, and pain are common side effects. But there is a real chance for more serious complications, resulting in long-term pain, infection, nerve damage, dangerous blood clots, and more. And when general anesthesia is used, the death rate from liposuction is about one in 5,000 patients. However, some variations of traditional liposuction reduce side effects and complications. SmartLipo and ultrasound-assisted liposuction, for example, use laser technology and ultrasonic energy, respectively, to liquefy fat under local anesthesia. Water-assisted liposuction reduces bruising, pain, and downtime by using a jet of saline to break down and remove fat. Zeltiq CoolSculpting, in which fat cells are treated using a controlled cooling procedure, offers the fewest side effects because it is completely non-invasive.
3. Results may not last. The many varieties and methods of liposuction have one thing in common: fat cells are removed. That sounds permanent, and for those fat cells in particular, it is. But the body has many other fat cells that can grow and fill in the areas where liposuction has been performed. People who gain weight after the procedure can undo the benefits. Also, the area may actually look worse than it originally did due to the uneven distribution of fat cells.
Thousands of people in the United States undergo liposuction each year, but it is a serious medical procedure that should not be confused with a risk-free quick fix.