Liposuction for Cancer Patients – More Beneficial than Risk-Related?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that removes fat from different areas on the body including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, and arms. Many people choose to have liposuction to remove fat from the body, or for contouring and sculpturing of the body most especially nowadays as lipo suction cost becomesĀ  more affordable. Doctors advice that liposuction should not be considered a substitute for dieting and exercising. It can help with those last ten or fifteen pounds that diet and exercise do not always eliminate and for those in good health, may be considered a wise choice, especially to remove those troublesome fat deposits on the body.There is a new form of liposuction that is now being used for cancer patients that allows the reconstruction of breasts after surgery. Fat is taken from around the abdomen or thighs with the help of a machine that uses stem cells to allow the fat to survive. The fat is then injected into the breast where the tumor was removed.

Liposuction is also being used to remove the fat from arms and other areas of cancer patients who have had their lymph glands surgically removed. Lymphedema is caused by the fatty tissue that increases in areas where cancer patients have had lymph glands removed. It can cause loss of mobility in the affected limbs of cancer patients due to the swelling and pain. Removing this accumulated fat has proven to help relieve pain and discomfort for cancer patients.

Liposuction prices can range from $2500-$7000, depending on which area of the body you are having it performed on, how experienced your surgeon is and the age of the equipment the surgeon uses.

Reviews from patients that had liposuction performed also include patients’ discussions of tumescent liposuction cost. One patient report paying approximately $2800, while another paid $7000. Tumescent liposuction is a cosmetic procedure for contouring and sculpturing the body. A solution of local anesthetic and adrenaline is injected into the fat tissue and then used to shrink the capillaries and harden the fat that is then removed. The tumescent technique has been known to have many advantages over traditional liposuction techniques such as fewer complication, faster recovery and smoother results.

Neck liposuction is an outpatient procedure that usually takes one to four hours to complete. A small incision is made to an area on the neck where post surgical scars will be less obvious. There are different techniques that can be used for this procedure such as the super-wet technique which uses a saline solution that contains anesthetic and adrenaline. An older method is the dry liposuction technique, in which no liquefying agent is used. Ultrasound assisted liposuction is fairly newer that the dry method, uses sound waves to liquefy the fat. This procedure is less evasive, minimizes blood loss and bruising.

Laser liposuction cost is determined in two different ways. Some surgeons charge per area treated, while other surgeons charge based on where the area is such as thighs, abdomen, breasts, arms, etc. A lower abdomen procedure averages $3500, but upper abdomen costs on average, $4500. Liposuction performed on the neck area costs about $2500, as well as liposuction performed on thighs.

Swelling and lumps are very common with liposuction and can continue for 3-6 weeks after the procedure is performed. Having liposuction can leave a scar or scars on the body. Burning sensations, bruising, and discomfort are also commonly reported. Nausea and stomach upset are sometimes reported by patients who have had liposuction. Infection is always a risk with any of these cosmetic procedures, whether it is neck liposuction, tumescent, or any of the others. Statistics have also proven that 3 out of every 100,000 people that have liposuction performed have died!

There is always the risk of blood clots for cancer patients who choose to have liposuction performed. For cancer patients taking chemotherapy, your immune system is already weakened, so the chance of infection after having liposuction performed is greater.

For cancer patients, especially, liposuction may be very beneficial and the risks associated with it could be minimal, depending on each patient’s case. The patient’s surgeon can discuss the benefits and risks and help the patient make the best decision.

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