Sep 24, 2019
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We’re all familiar with the term liposuction, but how many of us actually understand what it’s all about?
Liposuction does more than just sucking fat. It improves your health, too, in certain ways. We’re all familiar with the term liposuction, but how many of us actually understand what it’s all about?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that literally means sucking (suction) fat (lipo), and it targets excess fat tissues resistant to dieting and exercise. It can reduce the number of fat cells in the isolated area and even treat a range of conditions such as lymphedema, gynecomastia, lipodystrophy syndrome and lipomas.
This procedure is not a weight loss tool, but it can reshape your figure by reducing fat in areas that wouldn’t budge no matter how hard you diet or exercise. These include the arms, waist, hips, stomach, butt and thighs.
Modern liposuction technique uses tiny cannulas, which are small and thin tubes with blunted tips. This process requires only small incisions to be made. As a result, scarring is minimal and will improve with time. Small, blunt-tipped tube (cannula) is inserted through tiny skin incisions in the patient’s skin, and the cannula is being moved around under the skin to target certain fat deposits under the skin. Then, the fat is suctioned through the tubes.
VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) Liposuction is an ultrasonic-assisted liposuction technique that eliminates unwanted fat like traditional liposuction, except it does so in a gentler manner. Using ultrasound wave energy to liquefy fat cells, Vaser Liposuction targets the areas with unwanted fat, leaving the surrounding connective tissues and blood vessels largely undisturbed. There is minimal disruption to your daily activities besides refraining from water activities until the stitches are removed. Post-procedure, you will gradually notice a more contoured and defined body in three to six months.
More than just zapping away excess body fat, liposuction also improves your health in certain ways.
A high level of fat in the blood (i.e. triglyceride level) can increase the risk of heart disease, so it’s crucial to always maintain a triglyceride level of less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Because liposuction suctions out fat stored in parts of the body, it helps to reduce total body fat as well as fat in the blood.
Research partially funded by the National Institutes of Health has shown that liposuction may also reduce insulin resistance, which means it might benefit those in the earliest stages of diabetes and possibly even prevent diabetes from developing.
Chronic inflammation can lead to several diseases and health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that six months post-liposuction, patients saw a significant reduction in inflammatory markers and an increase in anti-inflammatory markers. Another study also suggested that liposuction can reduce vascular inflammation in the patient, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Adipose tissue is metabolically active tissue that stores energy in the form of fat. It also helps to cushion and insulate the body. According to a clinical paper published online at the US National Library of Medicine, liposuction and exercise are safe and effective strategies for treating metabolic disorders. Liposuction can help treat lipodystrophy syndrome, a condition of fat metabolism disturbance in which excessive fat is in certain body parts but none in others.
Removing excess stubborn body fat is more than just about vanity. It will improve your quality of life in every aspect, be it aesthetics, health or fitness. Take care of your body; it is the only place you have to live.