Liposuction Essay

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Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. It came to North
America in 1982. At first, the doctors used it on thighs, buttocks, and the torso. Now it
can be used almost all over the body. The number of liposuctions performed increased by
386 percent from 1992 to 2000. More than 350,000 liposuctions were performed in 2000.

Women aren't the only ones worried about their looks. Last year more than 99,000 men
signed up for liposuction and other cosmetic procedures. The most controversial category
of new patients is teenagers. Last year, 1,645 teenagers 18 years old and younger had
liposuction. The best candidates fro liposuction are normal-weight people with firm,
elastic skin. They should be physically and mentally healthy, with realistic expectations.
It can help obese people, but it has a much higher risk of complications when more fat is
suctioned out.

There are two types of liposuction. The first type is the tumescent technique. First they
use local anesthetics to numb the area, unless it's a large area, then they might use a
general anesthetic. They put a saline containing solution with anesthetic to reduce
swelling and bruising after the surgery. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube is
inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that's deep beneath the skin. The tube is
quickly pushed and pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning
them out. Fluid is lost along with the fat, and it's crucial that this fluid be replaced
during the procedure to prevent shock. Because of this, patients need to be carefully
watched and receive fluids.

The other type of liposuction is ultrasound-assisted liposuction. The doctors use a heated
probe that produces vibrations. The energy it produces causes the patient's fat cells to
rupture, spilling out their oily content. Then the doctors suction out the oil. After the
surgery, the patient will experience fluid drainage from the incisions. The patient will
also be fitted with a compression garment to prevent swelling and blood clots. The doctor
may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections.

Liposuction is a costly procedure. It can cost anywhere from 2,650 to 9,100 dollars. It's
not usually covered by insurance, so patients have to pay full cost. Liposuction is an
estimated 700 million dollar a year business.

Along with all the good things liposuction can bring, it can also bring the bad. It
carries greater risk for people with medical problems like diabetes, significant heart or
lung disease, poor blood circulation, or people who recently had surgery. Risks increase
dramatically if more then one site is operated on at the same time.

There are several side effects. The patient could have temporary bruising, swelling,
numbness, soreness, or a burning sensation. They could also experience some bleeding. Many
patients feel anxious or depressed in the weeks following the surgery. The patient will
usually feel better after they start to look better, which will be apparent after four to
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