Liposuction Procedures on the Rise

Over the past decade, liposuction has steadily become more and more popular. In the past few years, however, the procedure has skyrocketed among both women and men. Liposuction is a great, effective option for those looking to get rid of stubborn excess fat in the thighs, buttocks or tummy area.

The latest plastic surgery statistics show that in 2012, there was a 43 percent rise in the number of women who received liposuction in the UK alone. Along men, there was a 28 percent rise. In the United States, liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure. More and more patients from various age groups and walks of life are electing to take advantage of the procedure’s slimming and contouring benefits.

This massive increase in the procedure’s popularity can be attributed to advancements in how it is performed, as well as improvements in the surgery’s safety and recovery time. While previously, liposuction consisted of removing excess fat solely through suctioning it out, it is now performed using technology that incorporates ultrasound imaging or laser technology, which allows for a safer and less invasive procedure.

Liposuction is now often performed with the added assistance of ultrasound imaging or a laser technology, making it even more accurate. One of the most common liposuction techniques is tumescent, during which a solution containing anesthetic lidocaine is injected, causing the targeted area to become swollen and firm. The fluid compresses the fat, making it easier to remove, and its numbing qualities can allow for the surgery to be performed without local general anesthesia.

Tumescent liposuction requires a smaller incision than previous liposuction techniques, so surgical bleeding is substantially decreased. This results in a shorter – and much less painful – recovery time. Tumescent’s unique approach also minimizes bruising and swelling. These advancements also decrease the risk of complications and make liposuction safer than ever before.

Whether you’re targeting an area of fat that can’t be improved through diet and exercise alone or want to be rid of unresponsive fat deposits in combination with another cosmetic procedure, such as a breast reduction, facelift or tummy tuck, liposuction can help you attain your desired results.


Liposuction Procedures in Okatie

If you are interested in learning more about the liposuction techniques and procedures we offer, or have any questions, contact us today at 843.705.8940 to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to hearing from you.



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