What is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery is an increasingly common practice; often for the positive impact, it can have on one’s mental health.
For some individuals, plastic surgery has helped address physical concerns or insecurities that would otherwise negatively affect their self-esteem and overall well-being.
For example, if someone is unhappy with the appearance of their nose, breast size, or scar, plastic surgery may help them feel more confident and comfortable in their skin.
In other cases, plastic surgery can help to improve one’s physical appearance and attractiveness, which can boost self-confidence and improve social interactions.
However, with so many perceived benefits, it is common to wonder what the process involves and if it’s worth taking on those risks.
Fortunately, modern evolutions ensure plastic surgery is safer than ever before.
Online data defines plastic surgery as the medical specialty that involves the reconstruction, restoration, or alteration of the human body.
It can improve or correct the appearance, function, and self-esteem of individuals who are unhappy with their bodies or have experienced physical changes due to injury, illness, or the natural aging process.
Plastic surgery can be performed on any part of the body and involve various procedures, including breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), facelifts, and tummy tucks.
In the past, liposuction was a safe and effective procedure. This procedure has become safer and more effective as technology and equipment have advanced.
However, it is essential to understand the procedure’s history to fully appreciate the innovation plastic surgeons now incorporate into their practice.
The Modern Liposuction
In 1926, French surgeon Dr. Charles Dujarier performed the first liposuction procedure on a dancer and model, intending to remove fat from her knees.
While this initial attempt was unsuccessful, it paved the way for further developments in the 1970s. Nearly 50 years later, surgeons learned from Dr. Charles Dujarier and began using curettes to remove the fat before liposuction.
However, the results were unreliable, making plastic surgery an unsafe procedure.
It wasn’t until later, in 1974, that Dr. Arpad and Dr. Giorgi Fischer developed the cannula, a tool with a hollow interior that allows doctors to remove fat through suction techniques while avoiding blood arteries.
The cannula was a major advancement, making liposuction and plastic surgery increasingly safe and standard. Four years later, liposuction underwent another improvement under the “wet technique.”.
This technique injected a saline solution into the treatment area before the operation. This method helps to minimize bleeding and makes the fat-removal process more straightforward for the plastic surgeon, reducing patient risk.
The advancement of liposuction continued with the introduction of Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL) and Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL), which use ultrasonic energy to improve the removal of fat.
While these innovations were essential in developing the modern liposuction procedure, the evolution is ongoing.
Although the process is safer today, surgeons are now looking for opportunities to better the chances for quick recovery and produce longer-lasting results.
Lessening Pain and Reducing Recovery Times
In the next evolution of plastic surgery, doctors began identifying methods that would allow them to achieve the results a patient desires with less pain and faster recovery times.
One way of doing this was by eliminating the need for general anesthesia.
In the past, liposuction procedures used diluted local anesthetic solutions, such as Lidocaine and epinephrine, which were injected in large volumes into the fat under the skin using the tumescent technique.
This technique was considered by doctors safer than older methods and offered minimized recovery time, optimal results, and reduced pain.
Unfortunately, blood loss is another major concern when undergoing plastic surgery and liposuction.
In a more recent study by Dr. Neinstein, surgeons learned that they could further reduce blood loss and blood clots during liposuction surgeries.
The study found that combining intravenous tranexamic acid and subcutaneous heparin can improve safety and expedite healing while reducing blood loss.
As a result, liposuction has taken another step towards becoming a safer procedure, making it more widely accessible to the general population than ever before.
With plastic surgery optimized for safety, the final piece of the puzzle was tweaking procedures to make the results as realistic as possible. In the modern liposuction procedure, doctors use a device called a cannula.
Today’s cannulas come in various shapes and sizes, which helps to make liposuction surgery less invasive and allows the surgeon to be more precise when removing fat.
This evolution of the cannula has enabled patients to receive more customized surgery tailored to their treatment area, aesthetic goals, and other important factors.
As a result, patients can now experience the best possible liposuction experience.
In the past decade, liposuction techniques have improved to provide more realistic results.
With advanced ultrasonic technologies, plastic surgeons can shape the body more precisely by breaking up fat cells without damaging the surrounding skin.
Breaking up cells in this way allows doctors to selectively remove specific fat cells, resulting in a more sculpted and contoured appearance.
As a result, various liposuction treatments, such as high-definition liposuction, lipo selection, liposculpture, and mini lipo, which use intrasonic tools, have become popular options.
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