The Lesser-Known Side of Liposuction: A Quick Lesson
by Beauty Blogger Emmy Owens
Cosmetic surgery is a fast-paced, quickly evolving world. Many of the more common procedures today weren’t even a household name just a few years ago. Advances in technology and growing demand for reconstructive procedures have paved the way for new and innovative ideas.
Once such procedure that’s seen a lot of change is liposuction, one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, which continues to skyrocket every year. Long popular for removing fat from areas including the abdomen and hips, recent advancements in equipment and technology have made the procedure appropriate for other areas of the body that you might not expect. Here are a few examples of liposuction procedures that were barely on the map just a couple of years ago.
Male Breast Reduction
Male breast reduction is a popular procedure to reduce the size of overly large breasts on men. Gynecomastia, or excess breast tissue growth in men, is actually more common than you might think, so demand for this procedure is rapidly increasing. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) showed in a statistical report that male breast reduction was up 11% from 2012 to 2013.
Plastic surgeons can perform male breast reduction by actually cutting away excess fat, skin, and other tissue, but many cases can also be treated well with liposuction alone, which makes for a smoother recovery. Many surgeons use recent advances in liposuction techniques to make this possible. For instance, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Cohen says on his website that he uses power-assisted liposuction for his patients in Scottsdale and Phoenix. This method, which has become more popular in recent years, uses vibration to break apart fatty tissue before it’s suctioned away. It’s particularly useful for the glandular tissue of male breasts.
Brazilian what lift? This buttock augmentation procedure is a new(er) treatment that jumped onto the scene not too long ago, and the numbers have continued to rise over the years. The procedure is pretty straightforward: The surgeon liposuctions fat from an area of the body with excess fat (such as the thighs or tummy) and injects it into the buttocks. This process is known as fat grafting. In many cases, the surgeon takes the fat from the lower area of the buttocks and simply moves it higher, strategically positioning it to contour a lifted, youthful, and rounded behind.
Advances in liposuction techniques were crucial for the rise of this procedure, as well as other forms of fat grafting. Transferring fat from one area to another hinges on a surgeon’s ability to safely harvest the fat cells and keep them alive and healthy before they are injected in the other area. Several forms of liposuction exist today that help ensure the survival of the fat cells.
Upper Arm Liposuction
Liposuction has a reputation of treating more flabby areas like the hips or inner and outer thighs, but believe it or not, it’s completely possible to perform liposuction on the upper arms. In the past, getting good results on the upper arms often required surgical removal of both fat and skin, which left long scars. Old forms of liposuction left small scars, but they also left a lot of loose skin behind. However, recently developed liposuction enhancements are becoming extremely popular they can remove fat deposits and tighten skin.
Smartlipo® (more info here) has made swift advances in the world of arm liposuction. It is an FDA-approved procedure that uses a laser to melt fat and tighten skin, improving the look of disproportionate arms for a more toned and attractive look. Statistics show that the procedure has risen at a staggering rate — more than 4,000% over the past decade.