Liposuction is a common cosmetic surgery procedure also known as lipoplasty or fat modelling. It basically involves the removal of excess fat in areas of the body where there are fat deposits. Liposuction is often carried out in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures such as abdominal etching, breast reduction and tummy tucks. The amount of fat removed varies and can be quite small (e.g. fat removal from your face) or quite large (e.g. fat removal from your thighs). Liposuction uses a suction device called an aspirator and a hollow tube called a cannula to remove fat. This fat can sometimes be used in other cosmetic surgeries that require fat transfer in a procedure known as autologous fat transfer.
The aim of liposuction is to remove a reasonable amount of fat from fat deposit sites so the area is more aesthetically pleasing to the patient. The patient may desire smoother and slimmer body contours, especially if they have been trying to lose weight and have been unable to lose it from stubborn areas. Depending on how much fat a patient wants removed and from which part of the body they want it removed from, one of the many liposuction techniques will be employed. These techniques are categorised according to how much fluid is injected and how the cannula is used during the procedure. When you have your consultation with the plastic surgeon in Mexico, he will explain all of the techniques to you and together you can discuss your best options.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US but it can be very expensive. As a result of this, many patients are choosing to travel south of the border for their treatment because the cost of liposuction in Mexico is significantly less than in the US. The highly trained professional surgeons are experienced with international visitors and understand their concerns. They try to do everything they can to assure patients that the standards and body area procedures undertaken are the same, if not better than those in America. One of the benefits of travelling to Mexico for liposuction is that you can use the money you save on choosing from the very best clinics – better than what you may have been able to afford back home.
It is important to prepare for your liposuction correctly. Your plastic surgeon will give you a detailed list of pre-operative instructions that you must follow in order to minimise complications, risks and side effects. For example, you will need to stop smoking and stop taking anticoagulants weeks before the surgery because these both interfere with the healing process. By taking care during your liposuction preparation, you are helping yourself to recover better and faster afterwards.
Liposuction does not dramatically change the whole shape of your body and so it should not be used as an alternative to healthy dieting and exercise. You need to have realistic expectations of what liposuction can and can’t do for you, as well as being aware of everything that is involved with your procedure. Talk to your plastic surgeon if you have any concerns so you don’t have to worry during your vacation in Mexico!
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