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Micro Liposuction: Everything You Need to Know

Micro Liposuction:  Everything You Need to Know

Micro liposuction is a type of liposuction that is done using a tiny cannula (the tube through which the fat is removed) and a very small incision.  It is a form of liposuction that is most commonly used on areas where the pockets of fat are relatively small and a large cannula would leave too much scarring to achieve the desired look.  Micro liposuction is perfect for the face, especially areas like the cheeks and jowls, and under the chin.  The small incision lets you get at these small areas without leaving any telltale scars and allows small fat deposits to be removed easily.

Micro liposuction follows the same procedure as most other liposuction options; an incision is made and a cannula is inserted.  The fat is then suctioned out carefully.  It requires a very practiced hand, especially to handle the delicate instruments involved in micro liposuction.  A cannula as small as 1.5 mm can be used in order to clear these smaller areas of fat without unsightly results such as scars or lumpiness.  Handling this tiny cannula takes some practice, so you should seek out a doctor with experience.

As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, there are risks associated with micro liposuction that you should be aware of before you decide to go ahead and have it done.  Reactions to the anesthesia are uncommon but can be very serious; if you have ever had an adverse reaction to anesthesia before, you should discuss this thoroughly with your doctor.  Remember that even if you have not had problems with anesthesia, it is still possible to have a reaction.  Other serious risks of liposuction include the possibility that a piece of the fat will come loose and wind up in the lungs.  Known as a pulmonary embolism, this is a very serious condition that is life threatening.  While rare, it is potentially fatal and you should be aware of the possibility.

Of course, the smaller risks of micro liposuction include some minor swelling and bruising as well as the possibility that you will not be happy with the outcome.  Lumpiness can result, as well as uneven texture to the skin, if the procedure is not done properly.  Make sure you have chosen a cosmetic surgeon with plenty of experience to minimize this risk.  

Micro liposuction is not just for the face, although this is the most common use.  Sometimes it is also used for fine contouring after larger amounts of fat have been removed.  This can help create a much more sculpted look.  Some doctors use a cannula that gets progressively smaller as they remove more of the fat, to get the best results possible.  In this case, larger incisions will have been made initially and the micro liposuction will not help to prevent the scarring.

Micro liposuction is the best way to get a sculpted look in small areas of the face as well as to touch up liposuction on other parts of the body.  Talk to your doctor to find out if it is right for you.

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