Fat After Liposuction: The Truth About Long-Term Effects and Results After Surgery

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Liposuction is a type of surgery procedure that breaks down and “sucks” stored fat from various parts of the body, typically around the abdomen, buttocks, back of the arms, and calves.

The fat is sucked using a hollow instrument called “cannula.” The cannula is inserted under the skin, attached to a vacuum-like equipment, the cannula will suck the fat right out of the body with a touch of a button.

This procedure was developed by two Italian-American surgeons—Doctors Giorgio and Arpad Fischer—in 1974. However, the concept of sucking fat out of the body has been used since the 1920s. In fact, one of the first patients of liposuction died from the procedure in 1926. Dr. Dujarier, a French surgeon, performed fat removal on a model during the mid-20s to enhance the patient’s body contours. However, the patient developed gangrene on her legs and she died soon after.

French surgeon, Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz in 1982, developed the “modern day” liposuction that we know today. Over the last three decades, liposuction techniques have become even more effective in ridding the body of excess fat and minimizing the dangers of the procedure. However, there are risks in undergoing liposuction.

Because liposuction is one of the easiest ways to slim down, it’s one of the highly requested surgical procedures in the world. Liposuction is relatively safe but there have been horror stories of liposuction surgeries gone wrong.

Before Liposuction

The ideal candidates for liposuction are those with stable body weight, great skin tone, elasticity, and generally have healthy heart. Those with a weakened immune system or those suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and coronary heart disease are discouraged from going through liposuction. A qualified surgeon will assess a candidate’s health history to determine whether he or she is fit for the procedure.

The Long-Term Effects and Results of Liposuction

Liposuction should not be considered as a long-term solution to weight loss. Although it permanently removes fat from the body, you still need to watch what you eat to ensure you don’t gain back all the weight you lost from liposuction. In addition, liposuction will not erase stretch marks or cellulite from the skin.

Long-term effects and results of liposuction may include any of the following:

Shapelier Figure: Assuming that you are watching what you eat after liposuction, you can maintain a slimmer, shapelier figure. Again, you can regain all the fat you lost from surgery if you don’t adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Loose Skin: A patient may be left with folds of extra skin in the treated areas of the body. The skin’s elasticity and firmness is bound to go back four to six months after liposuction, without any further treatments. However, in cases where the skin does not regain its firmness, another surgery may be required.

Fat Embolism Syndrome:  In rare cases, patients develop a serious liposuction effect called fat embolism syndrome. This syndrome occurs when pieces of loosened fat tissues lodge itself in a blood vessel.  If left untreated, fat embolism syndrome may result to permanent disability — and even death.

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