Liposuction is one most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world. Individuals looking to achieve a well contoured body undergo this cosmetic surgery procedure to remove stubborn fat from specific areas such as arms, thighs, abdomen, and hips. However, concerns have been raised as to whether the fat removed via liposuction would return over time after the procedure. A report published earlier in 2011 in the journal Obesity was not in favor of the surgery as it said fat returned to untreated areas of the body even though it took over a year post the treatment. And it was especially visible in the abdomen, shoulders, and arms.
A new study allays these fears. According to this study published in 2012 in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), fat cells neither return to treated areas nor get redistributed to untreated areas of the body after liposuction. Up to 301 candidates were involved in this study and included those who underwent combined abdominoplasty procedures or simple liposuction. There were no indications supporting the fat re-growth in treated areas of the arms, abdomen, or lower body. Also the upper body dimensions were not altered following the procedure, substantiating the finding that no fat redistribution took place.
Liposuction is not a weight reduction procedure; it is a plastic surgery procedure to remove stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise and achieve a slim, well-contoured body. Conventional liposuction surgery or lipoplasty uses a suction technique to remove pockets of fat from troublesome areas. The plastic surgeon inserts a cannula through incisions in the treatment area and moves it around to remove the fat. Advanced, minimally invasive liposuction treatments using Smartlipo Triplex, BodyTite or Vaser melt the fat before removing it and involve less discomfort and downtime. A healthy diet and proper exercise regimen are necessary to maintain the results of liposuction surgery.
In February, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) published its annual report on plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. in 2013. According to the report, 15.1 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in the country last year, a 3% increase from 2012. The top five cosmetic surgical procedures are breast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, liposuction and facelift. Most of the findings in the report are pretty much as expected though some are a bit surprising considering previous trends.
As expected, the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2013 as in the preceding year. However, the popularity of buttock augmentation and neck lifts in 2013 compared to 2012 is an interesting development. The ASPS provides the following information on the five top cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the US last year.
- Breast augmentation: Breast implant surgery provides women with the desired breast size and shape. With 290,000 procedures performed in 2013, this showed 1% increase from 2012.
- Nose reshaping: Also called rhinoplasty, nose reshaping surgery is performed to improve the nasal appearance as well as breathing function. Even though there was a 9% drop from 2012, nose surgery still retained its position in the chart with 221,000 procedures.
- Eyelid surgery: This treatment helps restore a youthful appearance by removing the excess skin and fat around the eyes to resolve tired or heavy looking eyelids. With 216,000 procedures in 2013, it marked a 6% increase from 2012.
- Liposuction: This treatment helps reduce unwanted fat that is resistant to diet and exercise from extensive and delicate areas of the body. There was just a 1% drop in figures from 2012 and the treatment stood 4th position in 2013 with 200,000 procedures.
- Facelift: This treatment helps restore a more youthful appearance by addressing ageing issues such as facial wrinkles, creases and lines. With 133,000 procedures performed in 2013, it showed 6% increase from 2012.
Some other procedures also did well in 2013 compared to 2012. The number of neck lift surgeries rose to 55,346 from 52,189 and buttock augmentation with fat grafting procedures from 8,654 to 9,993. Leading plastic surgery practices offer all of these treatments as well as non-invasive procedures for body contouring.
Celebrity inspired plastic surgery is on the rise nowadays. Just like Kate Middleton’s nose, the shapely upper arms of female idols have also inspired a lot of women. In a survey of 1,219 women conducted by the ASPS, nearly one-third said they’d most like to have Michelle Obama’s arms, followed by Jennifer Aniston (29 percent), Jessica Biel (16 percent), Kelly Ripa (13 percent), and Demi Moore (11 percent).
The popularity of arm lift plastic surgery has surged since 2000. The latest statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in April 2013 show that arm lift procedures have “skyrocketed” 4,378 percent during the past decade. In the year 2000, just over 300 women chose upper arm lifts, while in 2012, more than 15,000 chose this procedure.
Weight gain and loss, growing older and even heredity can lead to fat accumulating in the upper arm and creating the saggy appearance. Drastic weight loss can also leave excess skin in the upper arms. Upper arm lift procedure involves trimming loose skin from the underarm area; the plastic surgeon may also perform liposuction to remove excess fat.
New technologies and techniques such as BodyTite, Smartlipo and VASERlipo have made it possible to treat heavy upper arms with minimally invasive methods. With these techniques, bruising and pain are minimal. An expert plastic surgeon with experience in using advanced arm lift techniques can help you achieve your goals.