Liposuction: Life’s Magic Wand

Face it; most of us have things we’d change in our appearance in a heartbeat….if only a “magic wand‚Äù existed!
Well, in 1974 father and son gynecologists Dr. Gorgio Fischer and Dr. Gorgio Fischer, Jr. would do just that by inventing liposuction and creating their own “magic wand‚Äù of sorts. The instrument used was an electrical, rotating scalpel encapsulated by a cannula that suctioned out dislodged cells.

By 1999 the technique would be improved to a Laser-Assisted Lipoplasty developed by Dr. Rodrigo Neira in Columbia. This small “magic wand‚Äù would be able to shape and sculpt many areas of the body to fit your desire.

What is Lipoplasty

Lipoplasty, sometimes called body sculpting, is a way to remove stubborn pockets of fat, like “saddle bags‚Äù and “love handles‚Äù that don’ match to your ideal body image. Both men and women choose lipoplasty for a variety of reasons; ranging from increasing self esteem and greater sex appeal to treating certain medical conditions like lipomas. The surgeon simply vacuums out the fat through a small incision. Afterward there will be nausea, vomiting, swelling, bruising and perhaps some numbness in the area you had suctioned. You may feel well enough to go back to work a few days after the operation, depending on how much fat was removed. You will most likely wear a girdle type garment to help reduce swelling.

According to The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery statistics; lipoplasty ranks number 2 in the top surgical procedures for men and women with an estimated 341,144 performed in 2008. Breast Augmentation supersedes lipoplasty for the first time ever with 355,671 procedures.

When considering plastic surgery, it’s natural to focus more on the expected result than on the surgical process. However, to be fully informed, it’s important to learn about the safety of the procedure as well as the expected outcome. The American Society for Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends you maximize your safety by making sure:

  • Your physician is an ASPS Member Surgeon – which ensures at least five years of surgical training – with a minimum of two years specifically in plastic surgery, and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery;
  • The facility where your surgery will be performed conforms to strict safety standards — ASPS Member Surgeons only operate in accredited facilities;
  • Your surgeon is informed of any drugs you are taking and your full medical history, especially if you have had any circulation disorders, heart or lung ailments or problems with blood clots;
  • The surgical facility will use skilled, licensed personnel to administer and monitor your anesthesia and your recovery immediately following the procedure.
  • Extra safety measures are taken if you are having a more extensive liposuction procedure.

There are always pros and cons with surgery. But, Liposuction (lipoplasty) definitely opened a whole new door for people in search of that “magic wand‚Äù to make them perfect. Just like the Nip/Tuck lyrics say “Make me beautiful.‚Äù

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