There are type main types of liposuction, ultrasonic and Tumescent. The two processes are similar but differ in subtle ways. They are both cosmetic procedures that are concerned with fat removal and weight loss.
Liposuction is the process of removing body fat from targeted areas and is a favorite cosmetic procedure amongst women who feel certain parts of their body are out of proportion with the rest of them.
Tumescent liposuction is a process by which a fluid is injected into the body fat which makes it stiff and easier to remove. This process sees the fat being pulled from the body in tubes, where it is discarded. There are numerous small incisions that are made, but these are later covered over with skin creases that hide them almost completely.
With Tumescent liposuction the patient is placed under anesthetia and blood loss is also significantly reduced.
The other style of liposuction; ultrasonic, is a newer process that sees the fat liquefied with high frequency ultrasonic waves. The process is similar to the tumescent method, because the same stiffening tumescent liquid is used, but rather than simply being pulled from the body, the fat here is liquefied and almost poured through tubes inserted through small incisions.
There are also movements being made with laser based liposuction which has so far been found to be 20 times more successful than the other methods.
Most people have liposuction on or around the ‘tummy’ region to create a flatter smoother torso.
Liposuction does of course come with risks, especially given the nature of the surgeries. The standard complaints are swelling and bruising. The former can take up to twelve months to completely disappear. More unlikely complications can include blood clots, infections or even allergic reactions. Of course for the tumescent process, where the patient is placed under narcosis, then there is always a risk of a bad reaction to the anaesthetic.
The cost of liposuction of course will vary depending on the area being worked on and also the amount of fat being removed. A procedure on the upper ‘tummy’ area costs between $3000 and $7500, while the lower abdomen will set you back $2000. Liposuction can be performed on any part of the body, with an average cost being around $5000.
Liposuction is not just a feminine procedure, but many men are now turning to cosmetic surgery in order to achieve the bodies they want. Of course without a good diet and exercise regime the results will be minimized and over time may become almost unnoticeable.