What You Might Not Know About Liposuction

What You Might Not Know About Liposuction
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Many liposuction patients in New Jersey want to know all they can about the procedure before they have it done. Having in-depth knowledge allows men and women to make informed choices about whether the procedure is right for them. Here are some facts about liposuction that you may be interested to learn.

Liposuction: Over 30 Years of Slimming

Inventors from Italy have introduced such technologies as the thermometer, parachute, and radio. You also can add liposuction to that list – in 1974, Dr. Giorgio Fischer, a physician from Rome, invented the liposuction procedure.

Only a few years later, the procedure began to be used in the field of cosmetic surgery. Over the years, other doctors and surgeons have made improvements in the original technique:

  • In 1985, two dermatologists invented the tumescent liposuction technique in which fluid is injected to soften fat tissue before removal.
  • In 1987, another Italian physician introduced a version of ultrasonic liposuction.
  • In 1998, a high-speed vibrating cannula was introduced, and power-assisted liposuction was born.
  • After several years of testing a research, in 2006 Smartlipo™ laser liposuction was introduced in the United States.

Millions of liposuction surgeries have been safely performed since the procedure's introduction. Dr. Sorokin offers several "lipo" methods at his New Jersey practice so patients can select for themselves the type that best meets their needs.

The Truth About Permanent Fat Removal

It would be wonderful if all Dr. Sorokin's liposuction patients could remain permanently slim after their procedure. And such results are possible, but a patient must maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise.

The fact is that after liposuction, there are many fewer fat cells in the treated areas, so the body's ability to store fat in these areas has been permanently reduced. However, if a patient gains weight, other areas of the body could become flabby, and some additional fat may develop in treatment areas, since fat cells in these areas have been reduced but not eliminated.

The bottom line is that the long-term results of your liposuction are in your control. Minor weight fluctuations of up to 10 pounds should not substantially alter your results, but significant weight gain can cause fat to be deposited disproportionately in untreated areas of the body while increasing the amount of fat in treated areas as well.

The Limits of Liposuction

Though thousands of liposuction patients have been helped by the procedure over the years, it is not a cure-all or fountain of youth. The primary purpose of liposuction is to remove fat cells in order to slim areas of the body. The procedure is not intended to banish cellulite or erase stretch marks.

Cellulite, the dimpled areas of fat that can form on the hips and legs, is many women's greatest cosmetic concern. The amount of cellulite on a woman's body is genetically-determined. Because liposuction removes fat cells, cellulite can appear to lessen to some degree after the procedure, but complete elimination of cellulite rarely occurs.

Stretch marks occur when the deepest layers of skin are stretched and separated because of growth or weight gain. Because these marks are in the skin, liposuction does not remove them or reduce their appearance in any way. Hanging or loose skin can be removed in a separate procedure, with stretch marks being removed with the skin. Talk with Dr. Sorokin in more detail to learn about your options to treat stretch marks.

If you'd like to know even more about liposuction, request your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Evan Sorokin. He'll be happy to answer all your questions about liposuction or any of the other cosmetic procedures he offers.

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