Liposuction is for the most part a cosmetic procedure. Its primary purpose is to remove unwanted fat from the body. In a lot of cases, this is immovable fat that tends to be exercise/diet-resistant. Perhaps you can relate to that? Despite your best efforts there are pockets of fat that refuse to move. In such cases there is only one answer and that is liposuction. Singapore and the rest of South East Asia have seen a growing demand for liposuction surgeries. This is no thanks to the global obesity epidemic, which is now well-established in the Asia region. Liposuction is now the most common of all the cosmetic procedures done in the USA, UK and other parts of Europe. The demand for Liposuction is also getting higher in Singapore. One of the most famous plastic surgeons in Singapore is Dr Shens, who is specialised in Liposuction procedure.
Surgeons can perform liposuction treatments on just about any part of the body, including the face and neck. Popular demand is for those areas where fat deposits become most problematic, including:
The results are usually instant and pleasing to the patient. However, a lot of these treatments are invasive type surgeries. What this means is that there will always be some downtime. However, most folks would agree that a little downtime is a small price to pay.
Liposuction Treatments Past and Present
Liposuction is a surgical procedure once considered quite risky. This is no longer the case. Any surgical treatment carries some element of risk, even minimally invasive treatments. Even so, surgeons today put liposuction on the list of “fairly safe” treatments.
This article looks at 15 liposuction treatments past and present. By the end of this piece you will have a better understanding of what’s available. You will know what treatment(s) are best suited to your individual needs. Ultimately though, your doctor will be the person who is in the best position to advise you on the way forward.
Some liposuction treatments are less safe than others, like ‘Dry Techniques.’ Newer surgeries, on the other hand, are what the world of plastic surgery calls first-class, the Tumescent Technique being one. Okay, let’s take a look at each of these in turn.
#1: Tumescent Liposuction: Surgeons and patients alike consider this to be among the safest of all liposuction practices. The doctor injects a large quantity of the medicated solution into the target areas before removing the fat. It’s a technique that safely removes fat from just about any part of the body, including:
- Inner and outer thighs
#2: Dry Technique (traditional liposuction): This was the first of all the liposuction techniques. It came about in the 1970s. It’s also the most risky of all the surgeries. No one uses the dry technique much these days, at least not in developed nations. Because it can be traumatic to the patient, dry liposuction necessitates a general anaesthetic. In some cases there can be excessive loss of blood. This is why they consider it as the most risky liposuction of all.
#3: Wet Liposuction Technique: Like the dry technique above, this also necessitates a general anaesthetic. There is less blood loss with this technique compared to the dry method above. Nonetheless, there is still excessive blood loss, which makes this quite a dangerous surgery.
#4: Super Wet Technique: This method of liposuction is not all that different from the tumescent treatment. The main difference here is that the procedure uses much less fluid. In general, the amount of fluid injected is roughly equal to the amount of body fat removed.
#5: Ultrasonic-assisted Liposuction (UAL): As the name suggests, the treatment involves ultrasonic vibrations. What this does is turn your fat cells into a liquid form. The surgeon then simply vacuums them out from your body. This is a procedure that can work either above or below the skin. Your doctor can advise which is right for you at your consultation.
#6: Vaser liposuction (aka LipoSelection): This is one of the alternatives techniques. It is a minimally-invasive treatment that aims to shape and contour the patient’s body. There are many advantages to this type of liposuction, including:
- No need for a general anaesthetic
- Zero damage or trauma to additional body tissues (minimally-invasive)
- Marginal risk of discomfort, bleeding or bruising
- No downtime (walk-in-walk-out)
- Much less bruising and scarring
- Stimulates the production of collagen. This can result in tighter skin
#7: Laser Liposuction (aka Laser lipo): This is quite a new liposuction procedure aimed at effectively removing body fat. Advocates of the laser lipo technique say that it’s as effective, if not more so, than the traditional treatment. Best of all is that the patient doesn’t have to stay in the hospital after the operation. The way it works is by lasers first breaking up fat. The surgeon can then remove the loosened fat effortlessly from the patient’s body. This is another of the newer treatments that don’t need rough suction to achieve the desired results.
Summing Up Liposuction Techniques
We have looked at the old and the new liposuction techniques available today. What we have covered here is only half of what’s available. Search the site to see what other options there are in the world of “alternative” liposuction techniques. Today there is a huge demand for minimally-invasive techniques. The good news is that the industry is coming up with some pretty neat ideas to meet these demands.
A Word for the Wise
No one can dispute that modern liposuction procedures are safer and more effective than they have ever been. They not only remove fat, but some techniques can also sculpt the body and firm up baggy skin. This excess loose skin was once a problem that the more traditional treatments left behind. However, as impressive as modern-day liposuction techniques are, you should not view them as some kind of short-cut dieting. Liposuction cannot make an unhealthy body healthy. This is something that only the individual can do.
Yes, sometimes liposuction is the only way to get rid of diet and exercise resistant fat. But it’s not an armchair solution to dieting, not even the minimally invasive techniques. If you want to feel good, as well as look good post-surgery, then you need to also embrace a healthy new lifestyle
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