Liposuction often gets a bad wrap, some people think that the only people who are getting liposuction are stuck up rich people with vanity issues, but there has to be some valid reasons that liposuction is, by far, the most popular form of plastic surgery.

The sheer quantity of liposuction patients in recent years is astounding; in fact, the numbers are in excess of a quarter of a million people a year who undergo the procedure. The reasons that the number of liposuction procedures has become so great in recent years is that there are a number of benefits to having it done, aside from the usual stigma of vanity.

Breast Reduction

This is one of the most often overlooked reasons for having liposuction, and this reason can have tremendous health benefits for the patient. Women who have unusually large breasts can regularly suffer from upper and lower back pain, neck pain and sometimes severe headaches. Liposuction can effectively reduce the size of the breast in a minimally invasive procedure and virtually eliminate all of these problems, thereby improving the overall well being of the patient.

Improved Appearance and Increased Confidence

People from all walks of life struggle with their appearance and body image issues every day. This isn t a scenario that s limited to pseudo celebrities who are too lazy to go on a diet or to put time in at a gym. There are people who work hard every single day to try and achieve their desired results without ever being able to get to where they want.

Liposuction should never be considered just another way to lose weight, but for those who have exhausted all other methods of getting the results that they can be happy with those who have been on diets prescribed by nutritionists and have spent the time sweating and exercising in the gym, but still can t get the desired shape to their bodies, liposuction is a very viable option to obtain those results.

There is a misconception among the general public that the morbidly obese can just waltz into a clinic and have every ounce of fat sucked out of them, that they can suddenly be fit and trim without having to put in any work or effort at all. This really couldn t be further from the truth, the process of liposuction can only really remove small amount of fat from a person at a time, usually less than ten pounds in a session; so liposuction can t really be considered as an end all weight loss option for someone who is severely overweight, but it is a very good choice for someone who s worked their way down to the last few stubborn pounds that just won t come off with regular exercise and a sensible diet plan.

What to Expect

The procedure of liposuction will begin with either a local or general anesthesia before the surgeon makes several tiny incisions in the area of the body from which the fat will be removed. The incisions are so small (often smaller than a quarter of an inch) that some surgeons don t feel the need to stitch them, which helps keep the bruising down after the procedure is complete.

A very thin vacuum is inserted into the tiny incisions and rapidly pulled back and forth (in an in and out motion) to break up the fat cells and allow for their removal. A reasonable amount of blood and fluid is removed with the fat, so patients are normally hooked up to a simple IV for the duration of the procedure.

During the initial stages of recovery the patient will experience some pain and swelling, and will most likely be wearing a compression garment to aid in drainage, but usually within a week or so recovery is to a point where the patient can move freely and normally.

If you are planning on having liposuction done for health or appearance reasons, don t let yourself be swayed by naysayers. Do the appropriate research and consult a specialist in your area for an interview to find out if liposuction is the best option to remedy your health issues.