Liposuction as a key to the slim body shape

Fat body definitely is not trendy. In the society appreciating mostly very thin and slim bodies, people having more fatty tissue and falling out of common standards, very often do not feel accepted. Unfortunately, reducing calorie and increasing physical activity is not the easiest (although healthiest) way of weight reduction. It also happens that fats stubbornly remain in place despite the efforts.
Aesthetic Medicine meets the expectations of people who want to reduce fat in targeted areas of the body. Liposuction has been developed in the 80s of the last century.
It’s important to point out, that liposuction is not and can not be an alternative to a healthy lifestyle and reducing of the weight using the recommended diet and physical exercise!
Liposuction (lipoplasty) is a surgical treatment designed to remove excess fatty tissue from a particular area of the body. The treatment is not intended to slim down the patient, but to reshape his body. Liposuction is performed with a thin cannula connected to a suction-generating source. A negative pressure generated in the cannula enables the suction of fat. The thickness of the cannula does not exceed 10 mm.
Currently, more and more often are used vibrating (PAL - power assisted liposuction) or ultrasonic (UAL – ultrasonic assisted liposuction) cannulas enabling efficient breakdown and liquefaction of fat, and its easier aspiration.
For the liposuction a small incision is made to insert cannula.

Usually liposuction is performed in following areas:
  • abdomen,
  • lumbar,
  • buttocks,
  • outer thighs,
  • knees,
  • arms,
  • breast,
  • chin.
Liposuction is usually performed under general or epidural anesthesia, what allows to conduct additional procedures like e.g. abdominoplasty. The local anesthesia is used when only one area is treated by liposuction, which is very extensive. The aspirated fat, if desired, can be used for transplantation on the face to reduce wrinkles or to reshape the breast.
Liposuction, applied techniques and tools have been greatly improved in the recent years, nevertheless, liposuction is never indifferent to the body. The potential risk of complications is increasing with the amount of aspirated fat. The risk is also higher in case of combined treatments.
Liposuction certainly does not affect the reduction of obesity and metabolic disorders (although acc. to some publications can reduce the level of unhealthy triglycerides in blood increasing risk of heart disease). Liposuction is very effective in reshaping of the body. Gives a quick and noticeable effects, but to ensure the long lasting results essential are the change of the lifestyle, diet and increase of the physical activity.
Piotr Kosik