Body contouring and fat removal.
As we get older, we increase the amount of fat stored in each of these fat cells. They simply balloon, sometimes to many thousands of times their original size.
Because of these localised deposits, people become increasingly self-conscious about areas of their bodies. They often relate that persistent exercise and dieting do little, if anything, to improve their abdominal paunch, or their saddlebags etc.
As weight is put on, all fat cells become larger. As weight is lost, these cells shrink again. However, in specific stubborn areas, the greater number of cells remains constant even after dieting. Hence, these areas may reduce a little as the fat cells shrink, but are still relatively larger
This results in the classic liposuction patient, who describes that from a relatively early age these larger areas have been present. They have usually been inherited from a parent. If the patient puts weight on, it seems to focus on this area. If they lose weight or exercise, it makes considerably less difference (if any) to this area. Even at his or her lowest weight, this area persists. It can make buying clothes difficult, and can often be an area of considerable dissatisfaction
However, these stubborn areas of excess fat may be easily, and permanently, treated by liposuction. To reiterate, this is because, for any adult, the total number of fat cells is relatively constant. This means that they do not re-grow and are not replaced following their surgical removal.
Liposuction, or liposculpture are two cosmetic surgery procedures developed to deal with areas of stubborn, hard to shift, fat. Countless people struggle to achieve the shape and tone they desire despite significant, repeated efforts to lose weight through diet or exercise. Liposuction, or Liposculpture are a part of a range of ‘Body Contouring’ procedures, which are a real, and highly effective way of dealing with the problem of fat.
Body Contouring surgery (such as Liposuction or liposculpture) encompasses all of the procedures designed to improve your figure. Both Liposuction and Liposculpture remove fat to enhance your overall shape. A combination of body-contouring procedures can be used to achieve optimum results.
Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty is the term that might be applied to a group of operations that are intended, in broad terms, to suck out the excess fat content of localised areas on a person’s body. Their purpose is, in almost all situations, to improve the contour or shape of the body. In this sense, the term can be considered to encompass all the following operations:
Liposculpture is a more modern refinement of conventional liposuction. It uses far smaller cannulae and involves the surgeon suctioning fat from much nearer the surface of the skin. As a result, it leaves far less fat behind, and in experienced hands produces much smoother, aesthetically pleasing results.
Further, by producing such thin skin flaps, skin tightening is much more effective and predictable. The suction may be applied either by a machine, or in a much gentler fashion by a simple hand-held syringe (so-called superficial syringe liposculpture). By using such small instruments, the surgeon really can sculpt the body in a gentle controlled way.
This was the original form of fat removal, and is the technique used by most UK surgeons. It usually involves the use of much larger cannulae and conventional suction machines. The aim is generally to remove only the deeper layers of fat. As a result, it is often associated with residual fat deposits.
In conventional liposuction, a vacuum machine is used to help the surgeon remove the fat. In liposculpture, a hand-held syringe is used.
Both liposcupture and liposuction can readily be done under local anaesthetic as a day case or, in certain circumstances, may require general anaesthetic and an overnight stay.