When To Consider Liposuction

Due to our culture’s obsession with physical beauty, the masses tend to have a misconception that a liposuction is a form of plastic surgery that can transform anyone, no matter how obese, into a swimsuit model. This mentality simply can’t be further from the truth. It is true that a liposuction is a form of plastic surgery that can change the shape of a person’s body, but it isn’t strictly reserved for cosmetic reasons. Liposuction is also a tool used to treat various medical conditions, and obesity isn’t one of them. Just because the procedure is used to literally remove fat, doesn’t give it any place in the world of weight management. Those looking to effortlessly lose a few extra pounds, eliminate cellulite or remove stretch marks should keep on walking because liposuction is definitely NOT for you. The following issues are examples of situations when liposuction should be considered.

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Lipodystrophy

This particular condition is the loss or absence of fatty tissue in select areas causing mild to major deformity. The causes of lipodystrophy can be from both inherited health issues like Berardinelli-Seip syndrome, and by ones that were developed throughout life, the most common being insulin injection sites for diabetics. Liposuction can be used as a form of treatment by helping contour the body to make these deformities less noticeable.

Lipoma

Benign masses consisting of fatty tissues known as lipomas are on occasion removed via liposuction. Though these tumors usually pose no health risks or physical discomfort, they can grow to sizes and/or in locations that make them highly noticeable and can be the cause of extreme embarrassment for some. These lumps lie between the skin and muscle and are frequently located near the neck or shoulders (but they can grow anywhere on the body). Normally they are about two inches wide but they are capable of growing to the size of a grapefruit and creating a humpback-like appearance. On some rare occasions, they can cause pain if they happen to grow in such a way that they disrupt nearby nerves. Liposuction may be a solution in these kinds of extreme cases.

Forms of Gynecomastia

Adult males who develop breasts that are not associated with cancer are typically suffering from either gynecomastia or pseudo gynecomastia. The main difference between these conditions is that gynecomastia is primarily caused by hormones and contains mostly gland based tissues and pseudo gynecomastia is more influenced by weight and fatty tissues. But since both conditions contain a mixture of both fatty and gland tissues liposuction can be used as a form of treatment either way. Treatment is usually reserved for adult males with the condition since it’s normal and to be expected for most boys to temporarily experience some breast growth during puberty, and in most cases will normally go away on its own over time.

Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Excessive armpit sweating can have an immensely negative impact on a person’s quality of life. It can be the source of consistent anxiety and low self-esteem as well as make socializing very challenging and stressful. In some cases, prescribed topical treatments, oral medications, and botox injections all fail at treating the issue, in which case liposuction may be considered as a last resort. The procedure involves a process of tumescent liposuction curettage is considered by most to be a safe and effective solution for persistent hyperhidrosis.