Liposuction is by far one of the most popular plastic surgery operations requested by women and increasingly also by men throughout the world, particularly so in the Middle East. And the reason for this is weight loss, which is today one of the biggest industries in the world. However, driving demand even further are the ongoing advancements in the techniques and technologies that have made Liposuction surgery yield dramatically better results with far fewer risks.
The technology and techniques of Liposuction have undergone several major advances since in 1974 French and Italian surgeons first used suction to remove fat. However the basic Liposuction method has remained fundamentally unchanged: that of removing fat through a hollow tube known as a cannula with the help of a suction device with the objective of improving the body’s contours.
In the early days of Liposuction technology, Liposuction surgery was performed under general anaesthesia with large-bore cannulae. But these early procedures were fraught with irregularities such as asymmetrical results, blood loss and sometimes infection. Since then the techniques have evolved rapidly to the point where a local anaesthetic is regularly employed and compression devices are applied following the operation, with perhaps the most significant advance being in 1985 with the introduction of the Tumescent Liposuction technique, permitting large areas of liposuction to be carried out using local anaesthesia (known as tumescent anesthesia), making the surgery both safer and more effective.
Contemporary Liposuction procedures are typically characterized by several advantages: they are better tolerated by patients and carry a much lower risk of complications; patients experience less pain and shorter post-operative down time; there is less blood loss and bruising; they are less expensive due to the reduced cost of anaesthesia; and surgeons can contour the body to any desirable angle, producing a more aesthetically appealing result.
A more recent development from traditional Liposuction is known as Liposculpture. According to Dr Allen Rezai, founder and lead surgeon at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group of Dubai Healthcare City and one of the foremost plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the Middle East, “Liposculpture is a more modern development of conventional Liposuction. It uses much smaller cannulae and involves the plastic surgeon suctioning fat from areas much closer to the surface of the skin. As a result, it leaves far less residual fat, and in experienced hands will produce a much smoother aesthetically pleasing result. The suction may be applied either by machine or in a much gentler way through use of a simple hand-held syringe. The latter procedure is known as superficial syringe liposculpture. By using such small instruments, the plastic surgeon is truly able to sculpt the body in a gentle and controlled manner.”
But in spite of the fact that recent advances in Liposuction technology have made the procedure more widely available than ever before, Dr Rezai is resolute that “patients considering Liposuction should have realistic expectations, and it is important to understand that Liposuction is definitely not a treatment for weight loss or obesity. Liposuction will remove fat selectively from certain areas, but over time your body will naturally accumulate new fat in other areas. It is therefore no substitute for a medically sound weight loss regime involving diet and exercise. Nevertheless in many cases Liposuction may be the only way to eliminate fatty deposits from certain areas of the body.”
According to Dr Rezai “the ideal candidates for Liposuction are adults, in good general health, not over-weight, have elastic skin and good muscle tone. People considering Liposuction should be non-smokers with no serious pre-existing medical conditions that would hinder a proper recovery following the procedure.”
“Liposuction can produce considerable benefits, and these benefits last exceptionally well. One of the main benefits is that of a patient’s renewed self image and boosted confidence through body contouring. The result is also permanent, since the removed fat cells will not regenerate. By maintaining a sensible weight and also through regular exercise, the patient will be helping to both maintain and even improve the result of their surgery,” says Dr rezai.
For more details concerning Liposuction and other Body Contouring procedures performed by Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group, reference should be made to their website at http://elitecosmeticsurgery.ae