If you are considering liposuction to remove unwanted pockets of fat, you may have some well-meaning family members who warn you against the possible side effects and long recovery time associated with this procedure. Their worries are not unwarranted. However, liposuction has come a long way in recent years, and many of the risks that your family members are concerned about are no longer such a big deal. Here is a closer look at some of the advancements that have been made in liposuction procedures in order to make them safer and easier on the patient.
Improved local anesthetics
Several decades ago, if you wanted to undergo liposuction, your doctor would first put you under general anesthesia. In other words, you'd be completely under during the procedure. There are a lot of risks that go with general anesthesia. Some people wake up with nausea, and others have lasting side effects like headaches. Today, most liposuction procedures are performed under local anesthesia. This means that the area that your doctor is working on is numbed, but you remain awake throughout the process. Local anesthesia is a lot safer than general anesthesia. If you are nervous about the procedure, your doctor can prescribe a sedative for you to take prior to your appointment.
The devices that used to be used for liposuction we're about a half an inch in diameter. To accommodate these devices, your surgeon would have to make incisions that were about an inch long. Today, smaller tools are used for liposuction, and as a result, smaller incisions can be made. It takes a lot less time to heal a smaller incision. Plus, smaller incisions are less likely to become infected during your healing process.
Today, most liposuction devices first use ultrasound waves to break up the fat before it is sucked out from beneath your skin. This is a lot easier on your body than the old, mechanical process of physically breaking up the fat prior to suction. There is less damage to surrounding tissues with ultrasound technology. As a result, you will experience less pain and swelling following the liposuction, and you can return to work and your other obligations much sooner. Most patients only need a week or so off after liposuction. You may need slightly longer if you have liposuction performed on a large part of your body.
To learn more about liposuction, talk to a cosmetic surgeon in your area. Recent technology has greatly minimized the risks you think about when it comes to liposuction. The procedure may be safer and easier than you think.