Somewhere during the course of living, humans decided to
put a price on their lives. And then they demanded quick
satisfaction, instead of the slow, healthier process. Speed
and recklessness can be a fatal combination and when it comes
to losing weight, a lot of people bypass the safe method, for
the fast and more dangerous method. It's a basic fact that the
best way to lose weight is through a change in lifestyle,
which will include watching your diet and daily exercise. Of
course, this can be slow, tedious and boring, but it's safe
and has proved to work.
But people live in a fast-paced world and they want instant
results. The weight loss industry seems to release at least
one wonder pill a year. People appear to be gaining weight at
an alarming rate, especially in the US, so the public is more
than ready to try any new weight loss drug. The major problem
with these drugs is that they normally don't live up to their
marketing hype and they all have side-effects. But drugs
aren't the only things people will try to reduce their weight,
they will also experiment with different medical procedures
and one such procedure is liposuction.
Liposuction, is a way to remove fat from the body, using a
form of suction. During a normal liposuction procedure, small,
thin, tubes are inserted into tiny incisions in the skin. The
doctor will guide the tubes under the skin while the fat is
being suctioned out. The most common areas that liposuction is
used on are the thighs, buttocks, arms, neck and abdomen.
Liposuction is usually done as an outpatient procedure as it
doesn't require hospitalization, unless a large amount of fat
is being removed.
Before the creation of liposuction, the surgical knife was
used to help remove fat. A lot of blood was lost during the
surgical knife procedure. Liposuction was first done in 1974,
in Italy. US physicians started to experiment with liposuction
in the 1980s and in 1985, two US dermatologists created the
tumescent technique, which made liposuction more safe and
effective by removing the need for general anesthesia.
Ultrasound was added to the liposuction procedure during the
1990s. The ultrasound liquefied the fat, which helped the
tubes move more smoothly under the skin. Then came the Vaser
System, which refined the use of ultrasound, created less
trauma to the body and allowed the treated areas to be framed
Liposuction has been made safer over the years, but it's
still surgery and any form of surgery is potentially risky.
Although liposuction doesn't bill itself as a weight loss
alternative, the removal of fat equates to the removal of
weight. The danger with any new successful medical creation is
that the public might abuse it. Liposuction is one of the most
performed surgeries in the US. It's not abnormal for people to
be concerned about their weight, but the extremes they're
willing to put their bodies through can be very unhealthy.
Liposuction may be safer, but there's nothing normal about