18 Feb

Liposuction is often touted as a solution for the obese, and is frequently cited as one of the most popular cosmetic treatments an individual can have. It’s seen as an innocent procedure that can be conducted on an outpatient basis, and one that can be used as a fashion accessory to improve muscle definition and remove particularly stubborn fatty deposits.

 

What people don’t realise is that liposuction, like any surgical procedure carries its own breed of risks and associated problems. In fact, liposuction is quite a serious trauma to subject your body to, and it isn’t as simple as just sucking fat from under your skin. As the growing number of scarred, dissatisfied patients will testify, liposuction can and does go horribly wrong from time to time, and it is important to be fully aware of the risks before taking the plunge.

 

Possible Side Effects

Let’s kick this off by saying that roughly one in 10,000 liposuction patients die as a result of the operation. Not such an innocent procedure after all, it would seem. Amongst some of the more common side effects and complications of liposuction are bleeding from the wound, which can pour from the hole, infection, damage to certain nervous tissues, permanent loss of sensation, puncturing the bowel or even heart failure.

 

The fact of the matter is, liposuction is a medical procedure that requires, more than many others, a highly skilled operative to conduct proceedings. The surgeon you opt for, if he’s worth his salts, will make sure you understand that this isn’t a fashion-only procedure, but is in fact a highly dangerous process.

 

Alternatives

The most obvious alternative to liposuction is the oldest and best in the book – it’s called dieting. Changing what you eat and improving your levels of exercise is the safest, most effective way to lose weight and to shift body fat, even from stubborn areas. A healthy balanced diet combined with a course of regular intensive exercise will not only help shift that excess weight and improve your appearance, but it will also leave you looking and feeling great in yourself without the need for expensive and dangerous surgery. With the help of a little common sense, the majority of liposuction cases could be avoided in favour of more stable weight loss, which can save you money and the major risks associated with any medical procedure.

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