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Liposuction

Liposuction is a method where the surgeon removes fatty tissue with a powerful vacuum from unwanted fat. Pregnancy is a time in every woman’s life, where the body changes drastically. It is normal to gain weight during pregnancy, though the amount will often vary for many women. As the pregnancy progresses, the baby will take nourishment from the mother’s body. Following a pregnancy  the woman is often left with some excess fat around the abdominal wall.

Abdominal liposuction has become a very popular way for women to get rid of the excessive fatty deposits. This cosmetic procedure is normally safe for a healthy person. Liposuction during pregnancy is not recommended. There are several reasons why a pregnant woman should avoid liposuction, the main reason being the fact that liposuction is a surgical procedure. Any trauma to the body during pregnancy should be avoided in order to protect the growing baby. Pregnancy lowers a woman’s immune system, making infections and other complications more likely, so this is not a good time for any surgical procedure. It is best to wait until after the birth to undergo any type of elective surgery.

Once the baby has arrived, there are many weight loss options for a new mother. A tummy tuck liposuction may be necessary for the woman to regain her shape. The reason for a tummy tuck combined with liposuction is the elasticity of the skin. After pregnancy the woman may find that the skin on her abdominal area is loose and unwilling to shrink back into shape. The tummy tuck liposuction combined is the most effective procedure for dealing with excess fat and loose skin.

 Liposuction as a source of mesenchymal stem cells

Liposuction is often combined with stem cell procedures. Subcutaneous fatty tissue is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells. These can be separated from the connective tissue and the fat cells using a stem cell separator. The mesenchymal stem cell enriched portion can subsequently injected with a needle to where it is needed. This has been discussed under “cosmetic surgery”. For meniscal or osteoarthritis problems in knees see this blog.

 

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Last modified: September 3, 2014

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