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Those of you who have exercised, and dieted for years and still have flabby patches that just won't go away, liposuction for legs may be the answer.
Those of you who are over-weight and still want legs that are more proportional, liposuction may be for you too.
This article discusses some of the more technical aspects of leg liposuction.
Different areas of the leg have different trouble spots that lead to a less proportionate appearance.
This tapering gives a more attractive look to the calves.
In the hands of a competent surgeon (hopefully one with an artistic eye), liposuction can help to address each area of the leg in a conservative yet effective way which can give patients more appealing, shapely legs.
Liposuction for legs works pretty much as it sounds like it would... Fat is sucked out of an area of the body.
More technically speaking however the surgery begins with small puncture incisions placed strategically throughout the treatment area. Next, a numbing fluid (which also functions to soften the fat) is injected into the treatment area until it is swollen and firm to the touch. A device called a "cannula" (which is slender and wand-like in appearance) is inserted into the incisions and moved back and forth as it suctions out the fluid and fat.
The surgeon will continue to make these back and forth passes removing fat from underneath the skin until he or she deems the area is well-shaped.
Depending of the extent and location of the initial puncture incisions, the surgeon may finish the surgery with stitches, or drainage tubes. Some surgeons even leave the incisions open to drain and heal on their own.
But pretty much every surgeon will place the patient into a compression garment that is worn for a few weeks as the patient recovers from surgery.
There are tremendous benefits to liposuction surgery, but only for the right patient.
A good liposuction patient in general is one who is healthy and pretty much within their ideal body weight. These individuals may have specific figure flaws that have not responded well to dieting and/or exercise so they are seeking a surgical solution.
Also, some over-weight or obese patients can be approved for liposuction by their surgeons, but results may be less dramatic, oftentimes because the amount of fat which can be safely removed might not give an overweight person the results he or she is looking for. But, if your doctor is thinking in terms of proportionality even small amounts of removed fat can make a heavy person look more attractive if taken from the right places.
Fat or skinny, it is important to be screened by a qualified surgeon. He or she will counsel you about your specific health profile and your suitability for liposuction surgery.
Since liposuction is surgery if you assumed there are risks involved... you are right.
The more common risks are (but aren't limited to):
These are just a few of the potential negative side effects associated with liposuction surgery. Your surgeon should screen you for other risks associated specifically with your medical history.
Liposuction for legs is a surgery that can that improve the contour of your legs.
However there ARE some significant risks associated with it. So, be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
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