If you have areas of stubborn fat on your body that aren’t responding to diet and exercise, or you simply want to lose a little weight, you could be forgiven for thinking that liposuction is your only option. This popular cosmetic procedure uses saline solution to disrupt and break down fat cells before removing them from the body through suction and can be used on any area of the body. However, it is very invasive, putting the area through considerable trauma, and the recovery can take weeks. Contrary to popular belief, the results aren’t permanent either. In fact, it’s possible to gain weight and grow larger months down the line, counteracting your initial results. Fortunately, there’s another option that is non-invasive, painless and highly successful – red light therapy. Let’s find out more.
How many people regain weight after liposuction?
Unfortunately, weight gain after liposuction may be more common than you think. One study showed that weight gain was reported in 43% of respondents, with 56% of them gaining between 5 and 10 pounds within 6 months of their surgery. Fat return was also reported in 65% of the respondents.
Other risks associated with liposuction
Unfortunately, subsequent weight gain is just one potential risk of liposuction. As with any other surgical procedure, there is also a risk of reaction to anaesthesia, bleeding and infection. There are also some complications that are specific to liposuction. These include:
This refers to bumpiness and other uneven skin textures that can occur if fat removal is uneven, skin lacks elasticity or the area doesn’t heal well. These changes can be permanent.
During liposuction, temporary pockets of fluid called seromas can form under the skin. These need to be removed – a process which involves draining each pocket with a needle.
The nerves in and under the skin can potentially be damaged during liposuction, and this can lead to development numbness while they heal. Temporary nerve irritation can also occur.
Kidney and heart issues
These can occur as a result of shifts in fluid levels as saline is injected into the body, and fat and fluid are removed during the liposuction procedure.
A rare but significant complication, a poorly handled cannula could puncture and rupture an internal organ.
Lidocaine is an anesthetic that is administered to help manage pain during a liposuction procedure. Although lidocaine is generally considered to be safe, there are rare, reported incidences of lidocaine toxicity, resulting in complication with the central nervous system and heart.
Although rare, bacterial skin infections can occur. These can lead to skin necrosis, and if the infection gets into the bloodstream, could become life-threatening.
In rare cases, pieces of loosened fat may become lodged in a blood vessel, where they can travel to the lunch, heart or brain and prove fatal. A fat embolism is considered a life-threatening medical emergency.
The level of risk of any procedure increases the longer the surgery takes, or the larger the area being worked on.
Why choose red light therapy instead of liposuction?
Red light therapy is a completely non-invasive alternative to liposuction, eliminating virtually all of the risks associated with the surgical treatment. The procedure uses red light energy, which passes harmlessly through the skin, penetrating the fat cells and liquifying them so that they can collapse and die. The fat is metabolized and processed out of the body, and the empty fat cells shrink, making your body appear smaller. The red light also stimulates the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, which helps skin to become tighter, smoother, helping you to look more toned. With red light therapy, there is no need for anesthetic, no wounds, and no recovery time. The entire process is painless and simple.
Red light therapy can boost your weight loss, make your body appear slimmer, toned and healthier without the need for surgery. And if you follow a healthy, balanced diet and take regular exercise, there’s no need to worry about fat returning after your procedure.
Find out more about red light therapy today by calling Sarasota Laser Lipo at 941-241-0500 to reach our office in Sarasota, Florida.