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WHY we SWELL with Liposuction, CC's and other info

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WHY we SWELL with Liposuction, CC's and other info

Postby minify » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:48 am

I don't know if anyone has seen this before, but it's a detailed description of why and how we swell up:

http://www.lipoinfo.com/chap32.htm

(A couple of years old, but the basic premise remains the same.)
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Postby hotfudge » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:34 pm

Thanks lots for taking the time to post this thread. It was indeed very informative, but I hope the swelling ends soon :lol:
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Postby summerbum » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:46 pm

Thanks minify! Great article - very technical...
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Postby spy9doc » Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:25 pm

Minify..........very good information!

I have a lot of respect for any medical professional who presents information while acknowledging that it is his best information, or even his opinion as does this author. It always bothers me when someone presents their opinion as absolute fact.

Interesting article! Thanks for posting it.

Here is other info that is great:

From LipoSite......

LipoSite FAQ’s

Weights Measures Volumes ccs and more
Questions on converting between cc's and pounds and all those other English-Metric-English issues.
1. How many ccs are in a liter?
2. What is the relationship between cc and pounds?
3. How much fat did you take out? or What the heck is a cc?
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How many ccs are in a liter?:
There are 1,000 ccs in a liter.
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What is the relationship between cc and pounds?:
Even though cc (cubic centimeter or cubic centiliter) is a measure of volume and the pound is a measure of weight, there is a way to calculate the relationship pretty closely.

1,000 cc = 1 liter

1 liter (of water) weighs 1 kilogram

1 kg = 2.2 pounds

- or -

1 pound = 454.5 cc (approx.)
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How much fat did you take out? or What the heck is a cc?:
Everyone wants to know how much fat was taken out during their liposuction. Although understandable, it's not always quite as important as people think. As virtually everyone reading this already knows, liposuction is a contouring procedure, not a weight-loss procedure. And unlike breast implants, where you can eventually see pretty much what you have, the number of cc's removed is not always as evident.

Before discussing this, let's go over a few definitions. A "cc" is a metric measurement of volume that is used commonly in medicine and science. 1,000 cc's, which is also called a "liter," is about a quart. A liter of liquid weighs about 2.2 pounds (obviously, a liter of air weighs much less, and a liter of iron would weigh much more - remember, it's a volume, not a weight) and one pound is about 450 cc's.


When someone tells you how many cc's were removed, you really have to know specifically what they're talking about. Part of the confusion is because there are many different ways of counting it. In liposuction, a certain amount of fluid (i.e., superwet or tumescent) is injected before doing the surgery. You need to know how much fluid was injected because if, for example, two doctors say a total of 3,000 ccs was removed, but one injected 1000 cc's beforehand and the other injected 2,500, it makes a big difference. One surgeon advertised that he typically removed 10 quarts from his patients but failed to note that he also injected 8 or 9 quarts of fluid, meaning that the real amount of fat he removed was more like 1 or 2 quarts.

So if you're quoted a number, is that the total amount of material removed, or does it take into consideration how much was injected and how much settled out? In fact, the most accurate method is if the surgeon lets the total amount of fat and fluid removed sit for a while (at least 20 minutes or so) and then counts only the supranatant fat; i.e., the fat that is floating, as opposed to the total amount removed. Fat is very light (lighter than skin, muscle, bone, etc.) and so it floats on top. (That's also why you don't lose as much WEIGHT with lipo as many people wish--sorry!) Even that, strictly speaking, is not completely accurate since the "fat" in that layer still contains some of the fluid injected, some blood, and other body exudates (fluids). And, of course, there is a limit to the amount of fat that can be removed safely in a single procedure.

At the end of each case, I use the following sample notation in my records:

3,650 (2,700/950); 2,500 - where 3,650 is the total amount removed, 2,700 is the supranatant, 950 is the infranatant (i.e., the stuff at the bottom) and 2,500 is the amount of fluid injected. When the patient asks me how much fat was removed, the answer in this case is 2,700 cc's. This method is less useful with ultrasonic liposuction which, because it emulsifies the fat, produces less clear separation of the supranatant and the infranatant.

Finally, the absolute amount of fat removed is not nearly as important as the relative amount. 500 cc's removed from someone who is petite is likely to produce a much more dramatic change and result than 3,000 cc's removed from someone who is significantly larger. Some of my best results (depending, of course, on how you want to define that) have been achieved by removing well under 1,000 cc's. The issue is really how much fat was removed relative to the individual body in question. Either way, it's often not what was taken out that matters the most, it's what's left behind.
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Postby YourOwnChoice » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:33 pm

An exceptional article that I just made a Sticky :)

Wonderful:)
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Postby Lezza » Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:59 am

spy9doc wrote:Minify..........very good information!

I have a lot of respect for any medical professional who presents information while acknowledging that it is his best information, or even his opinion as does this author. It always bothers me when someone presents their opinion as absolute fact.

Interesting article! Thanks for posting it.


Spy9doc,

I so agree with you!!!

Minify,

WTG girl, awesome info!!!

Hugs,
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Postby minify » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:24 am

YourOwnChoice wrote:An exceptional article that I just made a Sticky :)

Wonderful:)


Hehe, sweet!
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Postby twingrammie » Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:55 pm

Hummmmm, so since I never had any swelling I guess it could be said that either my PS was super duper skilled or that he didn't do much at all.
I found the article very informative and yes agree it is nice to read when the author states things the way this one did.
Mostly I think what the author said in the end of the article was that things vary from patient to patient as well as the skill of the PS. At lot of factors influence our outcomes. That is probably why Plastic Surgery will never come with a written guarantee.
If dreams can come true......I must be forgetting to sleep LOL!

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Re: WHY we SWELL with Liposuction

Postby bundles » Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:43 pm

minify wrote:I don't know if anyone has seen this before, but it's a detailed description of why and how we swell up:

http://www.lipoinfo.com/chap32.htm

(A couple of years old, but the basic premise remains the same.)



Wow, this is really, really helpful information. I don't know why the doctors offices always give only so basic information and then just leave the patient to try and figure things out themselves... They should give a complete package
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Postby bundles » Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:46 pm

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Postby twingrammie » Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:44 pm

Awe gee thanks for trying, but really I had lots done upper ad lower abs, inner and outer thighs and knees.
If dreams can come true......I must be forgetting to sleep LOL!

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Postby bundles » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:48 pm

twingrammie wrote:Awe gee thanks for trying, but really I had lots done upper ad lower abs, inner and outer thighs and knees.


Did he give you any cc's what he's removed?
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Postby twingrammie » Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:25 pm

No he just said that he removed lots. I'm happy about the knees and thighs but the gut doesn't show much improvement.
So off to the drawing board LOL more like rowing board. Yep just old fashioned exercise left for me to do. Unless I win a lottery heh heh!!
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Re: WHY we SWELL with Liposuction, CC's and other info

Postby littlejoey » Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:38 am

minify wrote:I don't know if anyone has seen this before, but it's a detailed description of why and how we swell up:

http://www.lipoinfo.com/chap32.htm

(A couple of years old, but the basic premise remains the same.)


Great info thanks alot. I agree I don't know why we have to figure everything out. I've learned alot with the blogs the PS don't give much info.

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Multiple lipos to same area

Postby funlover » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:46 pm

So true about scar tissue in an area where you have had previous lipos done. This is my third under the chin lipo and (yes it does come back in different areas of the neck etc).
And now on day 17 PO I still have major swelling and am having dificulty smiling fully. Massage is all I can do. Time will tell the real story. :wink:
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