You have dieted, lost a lot of weight, and you feel great! Your clothes feel looser and more comfortable, and your friends compliment you every time they see you. You exercise religiously and you are proud of your toned body, except there is this one problem area that no amount of dieting and exercise seems to be able to eradicate: your thighs. Known as "saddle bags," this area is most resistant to shed its extra fat and has become the bane of existence for beauty conscious women across the globe. Fortunately, there are procedures that can help shed the unwanted fat and shape the thighs to be as beautiful as the rest of you. The magic word is "liposuction" and it allows surgeons far and wide to allow cosmetic surgery to help those in need of that extra edge. Other terms used for this procedure are "lipoplasty" and "suction lipectomy."
Liposuction is not a new process, yet it has become widely improved. Essentially, the physician will insert a high pressure vacuum nozzle and vacuum out the fat cells that leave those unsightly deposits. While vacuuming out these cells, lidocaine and epinephrine are injected to decrease bleeding, and increase the amount of fat cells that may safely be removed in one session. While removing fat cells, there is also the risk of removing too much naturally occurring fluids in the body, and therefore the physician will have you receive intravenous fluids during the surgery as well as immediately afterwards. The latter will also reduce the amount of bruising you will experience. A new technique, commonly referred to as "Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty" adds precision to the operation since the ultrasonic energy it utilizes serves to explode the fat cells and then liquefies the content which is then vacuumed up. This technique does require a longer time on the operating table, but it also offers an enhanced amount of precision which may be vital in fibrous areas of the body.
Since this surgery does require a long lasting anesthesia, it is desirable to not have to undergo another session any time soon. After the surgery, there may be some swelling and tenderness for a few days, but these symptoms usually subside quickly. To head off any potential disasters, it is imperative to only use a surgeon who has extensive surgical training as well as specialized training in the art of body contouring. The latter will guarantee even results and the avoidance of unsightly lumps or dents under your skin. Additionally, although rarely discussed, specialized surgical training is needed since your surgeon will be removing more than five liters of fat, which may present risks if done by an untrained novice. You also need to remember that the more treatment sites you request to have done, the larger your risk of infection at any one of those sites. Other possible complications include the dreaded blood clots, or even fat clots, which may find their ways to the lungs and cause sudden death. Additionally, excessive fluid loss, if not properly monitored and replenished during surgery, may cause shock, while fluid accumulation may require drainage post-operatively.
Fortunately, these occurrences are rare and with proper post-operative care many risks can be minimized or even avoided. Bruises should disappear within the first two to three weeks, and swelling should have gone down in a similar amount of time. The stitches will have dissolved within the first two weeks, and any drainage that will need to happen will also occur in the first couple of weeks. As you can see, "saddle bags" and other hard to shed pounds no longer have to be the bane of your existence and preclude you from showing off your body you worked so hard to get. While liposuction will never replace the benefits of diet and exercise, they can greatly help in the hard to reduce areas that no amount of exercise seems to be able to touch and that appear all but impervious to your dieting attempts. As a matter of fact, this surgery can go a long ways in not only improving your outlook on life, but also in helping you master the temptations that may assail you and almost tempt you to throw caution to the wind and jump off the diet plan you have followed for so long so faithfully. Don't let "saddle bags" rob you of your success
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