What is the Safest Form of Liposuction?
Liposuction is a widely popular procedure that gives those who are constantly bugged by stubborn fats that do not yield to any amount of exercise and diet. Since it has been around for quite a while now, there have been a number of approaches introduced over the years. However the question that those interested to have this procedure has is which of these types of liposuction is the safest.
Liposuction is basically the removal of fats by way of suctioning through a stainless cannula attached to a suction machine. Over the years new methods such as Vaser liposuction, Laser Assisted Liposuction, Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL), Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL), SmartLipo, CoolLipo, Water Jet Assisted Liposuction and Tumescent Liposuction.
Each of the methods mentioned above all claim to be the new best thing that has ever happened to liposuction. But there really isn’t scientific studies made that can prove this. What you basically hear from their respective proponents are mere advertising, although each do have their respective advantages.
One of the major deterrents that a traditional liposuction has is the use of general anesthesia. In a survey published in the journal called Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, 20 deaths were reported in 100,000 cases within 1994 and 1998. This gave liposuction a really bad reputation, as it gives the public a fear of falling into that slight chance of having something go wrong.
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General anesthesia together with IV sedatives was used in a traditional liposuction to ensure better ease for both the surgeon and the patient in the process. But it is also accompanied by certain disadvantages and one of which is the temporary loss of protective reflexes. Protective reflexes include the natural ability to maintain an open airway or effectively remove any secretions blocking it.
Another reason why the use of general anesthesia in liposuction is discouraged is that this approach allows the surgeon to treat the area in a more aggressive manner. Some critics claim that with this type of anesthesia the surgeon can use larger instruments for faster, aggressive and more extensive job, which also gives them more time to do more cases in a day. At the end of the procedure it can result to a painful and longer recovery.
But there are also doctors who also claim that only by using general anesthesia is it possible to remove large amounts of fats compared to local anesthesia. General anesthesia can remove 169 ounces, while a local anesthetic can only do as much as 34 ounces. This would need additional sessions to totally eliminate those fats. For a patient having to be poked and prodded repeatedly can be daunting, that is why a more extensive procedure that needs general anesthetics is advised by most physicians.
Most surgeons would consider a tumescent liposuction to be the safest because it only requires a local anesthesia injected into the layers between the fatty tissues and skin. But it is more appropriate to say that this is relatively safe because it can cause swelling, burns and blood pooling underneath the skin which is called a seroma.
But making sure that you get the best treatment and procedure with less complication will only be assured when you choose a good surgeon.
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The Esteem Cosmetic Studio website provides general information about cosmetic surgery.General information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment, and should not be accepted in place or in preference to a consultation with a surgeon.
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