Liposuction sculpts the body, by eliminating the persistent, unwanted subcutaneous fat –which resists to diet and exercise- from the buttocks, hips, thighs, calves, ankles, ribs, waist, stomach, chest, back, arms and neck, while effectively dealing with both female “love handles” and the unsightly male “life jacket”. It is often combined with other procedures –such as abdominoplasty and gynecomastia surgery- and is one of the safest and more popular aesthetic procedures.

   If you have localized fat deposits that are disproportionate to the rest of your body and a small amount of unnecessary skin, if you want a more defined and smooth contour at certain areas of the body and your skin elasticity is good (since liposuction removes fat but does not tighten the skin), if you have no health problems, you are not overweight and your weight is stable, you can think of the choice of liposuction. This procedure should not be treated as a solution to health problems or a weight loss plan, but only as a way of improving the shape of the body and promoting a more attractive contour. It is worth noting, however, that liposuction, in addition to removing this fat, causes – when weight loss has taken place- further weight loss because it increases metabolism.

   Despite the advent of mane alternative techniques –either invasive or non- classical liposuction continues to be considered the golden standard for fat removal because it offers the most predictable, permanent and spectacular results, while the “deprived” tissue removed can be used for body contour growth, buttock augmentation, breast augmentation or stem cells mesotherapy. During surgery, the plastic surgeon –after having first filtered with specific solutions the desired areas for improvement –introduces thin cannulas through microscopic incisions –which sometimes do not even require suture to heal- on the skin. He then targets the localized deposits of fat and sucks them with the help of negative pressure.

   Liposuction can be performed either with general or local anesthesia- if the amount of fat to be removed is small. The duration of the procedure depends on the amount of fat to be removed, the body areas to be applied and the technique to be used. The use of special corset after liposuction –for a period of time determined by the plastic surgeon- is important for achieving the optimal aesthetic effect. The liposuction holes fade and are not even perceived over time.

   The cost of liposuction is proportional to the extent of the problem, the body areas to be applied and the type of anesthesia to be selected.

   After adulthood, the number of adipocytes remains constant and only their volume changes, so the effects of diets usually relapse, while the results of liposuction –where the number of adipocytes is subtracted- are more permanent. Of course, maintaining a stable body weight is the “key” for the longevity of the aesthetic effect of liposuction.

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