James Samuel ‘Jimmy Jam’ Harris is an American singer in R&B and pop styles. The team of ‘Jimmy Jam’ and Terry Stephen Lewis has been widely known since the eighties, and their assets include performances with several rather eminent performers – in particular, with Janet Jackson. Their songs may be familiar to you if you are interested in pop culture.
Surprisingly, not many years ago there were rumors that Jimmy Jam had himself undergone a weight-loss operation or liposuctioning. Let’s look at the risks of this operation using the example of a famous artist.
Liposuction also called liposculpture, lipectomy is a type of cosmetic surgery that burns and removes fat from the body. Doctors use various technical medical devices for this.
It is often used on the stomach, hips, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and back parts of the hands, calves, and back.
Fat is removed using a tool known as a cannula. It is inserted under the skin. A powerful vacuum is applied to the cannula under high pressure. The cannula can be equipped with special laser or ultrasonic tips to facilitate the destruction of adipose tissue.
Liposuction is the most common cosmetic operation. More than 300,000 procedures are performed annually.
Here are a few key points about liposuction
• The operation is usually performed under general anesthesia;
• Liposuction is not a means for losing weight, but an aesthetic procedure aimed at correcting the contours of the body;
• This simple procedure also has complications – infection and severe scarring;
• Liposuction may be used to treat certain diseases;
• Liposuction is not a common weight-loss method. This is not a treatment for obesity;
• People who undergo liposuction usually have stable body weight, but would like to remove unwanted fat deposits in certain parts of the body;
• The procedure does not remove cellulite, dimples or stretch marks. The goal is aesthetic. It is suitable for those who want to change and improve the contour of their body;
• Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, changing the shape of the body. However, if the patient does not lead a healthy lifestyle after surgery, there is a risk that the remaining fat cells will grow back;
• The amount of fat that can be safely removed is limited;
• There are some risks, including infection, numbness, and scarring. If too much fat is removed, there may be lumps or dents on the skin. Surgical risks are related to the amount of fat removed.
• Liposuction is mainly used to improve the appearance, and not to provide many benefits to physical health. Most people would probably achieve the same or better results by adopting a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a healthy sleep schedule;
• Liposuction is usually recommended only if lifestyle changes have not achieved the desired results. It can fix areas with fat that are resistant to physical activity and diet;
• When a person gains weight, each fat cell increases in size and volume. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in isolated areas;
• You should discuss the pros and cons of liposuction with your doctor before deciding whether to continue. Liposuction should be carried out only after a thorough examination.
The results are point, not global.
The following areas of the body are usually intended for liposuction:
• neckline and chin area;
• upper thigh and buttocks;
Liposuction is suitable for people with good skin tone and elasticity, that is when the skin contracts easily and forms a new contour of the body without wrinkles.
People whose skin does not have elasticity can receive a reduction in the volume of adipose tissue as a result of the procedure, but with severe skin folding.
A person must be over 18 years old and have good health. Those with severe chronic illnesses cannot undergo this procedure.
Benefits of Liposuction
Liposuction is usually performed for aesthetic purposes but is sometimes used to treat certain conditions.
- Lymphedema: A chronic or prolonged condition in which excess fluid, known as lymph, builds up in the tissues, causing swelling. Swelling usually occurs in the arms or legs;
- Liposuction is sometimes used to reduce swelling, discomfort, and pain;
- Gynecomastia: sometimes fat accumulates under the male breast;
- Lipodystrophy syndrome: fat accumulates in one part of the body and is lost in another. Liposuction can improve the patient’s appearance by providing a more natural distribution of body fat;
- Lipomas: these are benign, fatty tumors.
Before the operation, patients should do some tests so that the doctor can make sure that they are suitable for the operation.
• People who regularly take aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs should stop taking them at least 2 weeks before surgery;
• Women may be asked to stop taking birth control pills;
• Patients with anemia may be asked to take iron supplements.
The patient will have to sign a consent form. This confirms that he is fully aware of the risks, benefits and possible alternatives to the procedure.
One of the most common myths:
Liposuction is the only effective way to fight obesity. About 10 liters of fat will be removed in one procedure!
With the problem of obesity, you should contact the endocrinologist, but not the surgeon. The liposuction method is used only to eliminate focal accumulations of fat or the so-called “fat traps”. In women, these are the hips, buttocks, knees, and the lower abdomen. In men, “traps” are located mainly on the chest and abdomen.
Any serious surgery is associated with a risk of bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to anesthesia.
The risk of complications is usually related to how extensive the procedure is, as well as surgeon skills and specific training.
The following risks, unpleasant side effects or complications are possible:
• Serious bruising: this may continue for several weeks;
• Inflammation: swelling may take up to 6 months, and fluid may continue to be released from the incisions;
• Thrombophlebitis: a blood clot forms in a vein, causing inflammation and other complications;
• Contour irregularities: if the skin has low elasticity, if the wound heals unusually, or if the removal of fat was uneven, the skin may look saggy, wavy;
• Numbness: the affected area may feel numb for a while, but usually it is temporary;
• Infections: rarely, a skin infection can occur after liposuction surgery. Sometimes it needs to be treated surgically, with the risk of scarring;
• Damage to internal organs: this is a very rare case.
If you want to be most satisfied with the results, think in advance all the pros and cons. Choose a qualified and experienced surgeon and clinic and discuss the details.