Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, liposculpture suction lipectomy, or lipo, is a type of cosmetic surgery which breaks up and "sucks" fat from various possible parts of the body, most commonly the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, calves, and back. The fat is removed through a hollow instrument - a cannula - which is inserted under the skin. A powerful, high-pressure vacuum is applied to the cannula. Liposuction is the most common cosmetic operation in America and the United Kingdom. Over 400, 000 procedures are carried out in the USA each year. Patients who undergo liposuction generally have a stable body weight, but would like to remove undesirable deposits of body fat in specific parts of the body. It is not an overall weight-loss method - it is not a treatment for obesity.
Hang onto that belly fat, it may come in useful! In a UK first, surgeons at King's College Hospital in London, have taken fat from a man's stomach and injected it into his head to help reshape it. The patient had had some of his skull removed, and surgery to reconstruct a shattered eye socket, cheekbone, and leg, following injuries sustained when he fell while climbing up a drainpipe outside his house. The patient is Tim Barter, a visual effects supervisor on the Dr Who television series. In June 2009, Barter, then 32, fell 25 ft (over 7.5 m) off a drainpipe onto a brick wall as he tried to gain entry into his house in Brixton, through an upstairs window. He had lost his keys the night before on a night out. His neighbours found him a short while later, and he was taken by ambulance to the Major Trauma Centre at King's College Hospital.
Plastic surgery seems to make people look about 8.9 years younger than their actual age, researchers from the University of Toronto and NorthShore University Health System reported in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. Jeremy P. Warner, M.D., and team set out to determine how much younger esthetic facial surgical procedures made people look, in order to measure surgical success. They gathered data on 60 patients who had all undergone facial plastic surgeries. They were aged between 45 and 72 years. The patients were divided into three groups: Face and neck lift group Face and neck lift and eyelid work (blepharoplasty) group Eyelid work, and face, neck and forehead lifts Forty medical students were asked to guess the age of people shown to them in photographs. They looked at pictures of patients before and after surgery.
13.8 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2011, a 5% increase on the year before, according to a new report issued by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The authors added that by the end of 2011, the number of total plastic surgeries had grown for 24 consecutive months. These figures include both minimally-invasive and surgical procedures. The ASPS informs that 5.5 additional reconstructive procedures were carried out in 2011, also a 5% increase on the previous year. ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth, MD., said: "While the rate of economic recovery in the U.S. is still uncertain, 2011 proved to be a good year for plastic surgery. Consumer confidence was up, auto sales rose 10 percent, so it is not surprising that we would also see increased demand for plastic surgery procedures.
German authorities at the BfArM Institute have officially informed the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) that the former GfE Medizintechnik GmbH in Germany sold breast implants under the name TiBREEZE from September 2003 to August 2004, which were manufactured with PIP components. GfE Medizintechnik GmbH was coating silicone implants with a titanium layer and sending them to PIP in France to be filled with their silicone gel, which consisted of the same composition of industrial grade silicone that PIP and Rofil implants were filled with since 2001. The German authorities at the BfArM Institute therefore amended the recommendation to remove PIP and Rofil implants they made earlier this month to also include TiBREEZE implants as a measure of precaution, even in the absence of any symptoms.