Annoying. Stubborn. Will not budge. These are the types of things people say (and you likely do too) when talking about unwanted deposits of fat. We are each prone to store fat in specific locations throughout the body, such as the lower belly, hips, thighs or underneath the chin. Even with an exercise program and stellar diet, this fat is particularly difficult to lose.
Liposuction may be just what you need to trim down unsightly bulges is stubborn fat is keeping you from loving the way you look and to get more toned and smoother look that you may not have been able to achieve with diet and exercise alone. By selectively removing fat from your problem areas, liposuction can help you reduce fat deposits while at the same time sculpting an improved shape to the area, enhancing your overall proportions. It’s a win-win solution for a better body!
BUT BUT BUT….
Clients come to understand liposuction and understandably they want to know what type of incisions they should expect.
Any incision into the skin can leave a SCAR but those associated with the modern techniques of liposuction are very tiny and essentially small. Any qualified plastic surgeon can place an incision in a location where it will be difficult to see. Liposuction is also far less invasive than it used to be, but here are some facts you need to know about potential liposuction scars to help alleviate some of your concerns. In the old days, traditional liposuction involved making a fairly large incision to accommodate a large tube (a cannula) which was inserted into the skin and moved around vigorously to loosen and then suck out the excess fat with a powerful vacuum. Today plastic surgeons most
commonly perform liposuction using a much smaller, endoscopic size cannula. If liposuction scars do occur, they will be very tiny, nearly invisible, and should fade quickly.
Another type of liposuction is laser-assisted and ultrasound-assisted liposuction. When these types of liposuction are done, fat cells are liquefied by heat, making them easier to remove. These techniques are less invasive and typically cause LESS BRUISING AND SCARING.
What can be done to prevent liposuction scars?
So, let’s talk about prevention. The dynamics of scarring are in part out of our control. In other words, there is a large genetic component associated with why some people scar worse than other people.
However, the extent of scarring and the efficiency of healing are affected by factors that ARE under our control.
Here are a few things that you can do to promote healing and reduce scarring:
1. Rest. After any sort of trauma to the body, our systems need a low-stress period of rest to repair and rebuild tissues. Getting 8 hours of sleep or more per night is recommended for folks recovering from liposuction surgery.
2. Proper nutrition. Eating the right kinds of foods after surgery is really the key. The skin is a massive organ that requires nutrients from fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and high-quality protein sources to thrive. During times of injury and stress the skin requires more healthy building blocks to be able to repair properly.
3. Water. Drinking plenty of clean water can help the body to eliminate stress hormones and toxins and medications released during surgery.
4. Moisture. Topical creams can’t reverse scarring. However, having moist, supple skin helps to diminish the appearance of scars, and can help prevent the stress on skin that increases the chances of scarring.
5. Compression. Pressure bandages that are applied after liposuction surgery to prevent swelling and blood clotting may also help to diminish scar formation. Unfortunately, none of these tips will completely prevent scarring especially if you have skin that is scar-prone. Depending on the type of scar being treated, there are different treatment methods.
Methods for Treating Scars:
* Lasers – for raised scars and keloids dermatologists have successfully used pulse-dye lasers,
and immune response modifiers to flatten and improve burning and itching in the scar.
* Creams – for hyperpigmented scars physicians can prescribe hydroquinone cream (bleaching
cream) which will help lighten the darker scar to better match the surrounding skin.
* Injectables and fillers such as collagen, or hyaluronic acid can help improve indented scars although treatment is temporary and needs to be redone periodically.
* Mederma(R) – is an inexpensive over-the-counter cream that has been shown to diminish the appearance of scars in clinical studies.
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