Liposuction can be a modern body-sculpting technique. This procedure is designed to remove excess subcutaneous fatty tissue from the face, neck and body. The general idea, of Liposuction no matter where it is performed on the face or body, is to use some mechanism that liquefies the excess fat. This liquefied fat is then removed using a cannula (probe with holes) attached to a vacuum system.

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The smaller, the cannula, the less likely irregularities may occur from the uneven removal of the excess fat. There are multiple ways of performing Liposuction that include:

  • Tumescent Liposuction is perhaps the oldest form of this procedure. It employs the use of a physiological fluid that is infiltrated into the area where Liposuction is to be performed. In recent years, the amount of fluid infiltrated and the subsequent amount of fat that can be removed has been regulated to cap at 5,000 cc’s or 5 liters with a fluid in to fat and supernatant out of approximately a 1:1 ratio. Once the fluid is infiltrated, a cannula is introduced through an opening in the skin to the subcutaneous fatty tissue layer below. Using a fanning, type method, the cannula is repeatedly moved through the excess fat so it becomes liquefied. Care must be taken to remove the fat in a consistent manner in order to avoid indentations and contour irregularities although these are not uncommon after Liposuction.

At all times, throughout the Liposuction, the cannula must remain above the fascial layer of the underlying muscle in order to avoid muscle damage and bleeding. The excess, liquefied fat is then removed by the vacuum system. The clear tubing that connects the cannula, to the suction device, allows constant monitoring of the removed material. Fat is white or yellow, in color and as this fatty layer is reduced, Liposuction should stop once a pinkisk hue, in the removed material, is noticed. This indicates that the safe layer of fat has been removed and further Liposuction may cause muscle bleeding or injury. Gas powered and mechanical versions, of the cannula movements, have been added in order to make the procedure more efficient.

  • Hydroliposuction. In this form, of liposuction, pressurized water is used to liquefy the fat that is then removed in a similar fashion as mentioned above.
  • Ultrasound liposuction utilizes sound waves to liquefy the fat.
  • No matter which liposuction technique is used, removing excess fat with may cause the skin to sag. The likely hood of this occurring increases with age, existing skin laxity and with large amounts of fat removal.

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