Body image is intimately linked to the psyche and the importance of that connection was dramatically highlighted with the advent of liposuction.
Throughout the ages, the standards of beauty for women have changed and evolved, in large part due to the depiction of women in the fashion industry. The same can be said for the male form, but to a lesser degree, though modern men are also experiencing more anxiety about their physique due to media attention and the fashion industry.
A New Generation of Liposuction
Over the years, liposuction as a fat removal method has changed dramatically. The latest advancements allow cosmetic doctors to shape the body like never before, giving birth to the term “body sculpting”.
In the hands of an experienced cosmetic doctor, body sculpting offers the opportunity to acquire the body shape you’ve always wanted. Results often help patients regain their confidence and feel good about themselves.
Furthermore, a shapely body conveys a more fit, healthy, thus more attractive appearance.
Healthy women and men who exercise and eat a balanced diet, can chose a minimally-invasive option of body sculpting to remove those stubborn, difficult to get rid of problem areas.
Liposuction and Psychology
According to a study, unwanted fat deposits can have significant psychological effects – and even lead to eating disorders and unhealthy dietary problems. If you’re not happy with your body, you may be anxious about your appearance. Furthermore, you will no longer enjoy shopping, since clothes don’t fit as desired anymore.
Liposuction and body sculpting enables you to address body fat in precise areas of the body that often cause emotional distress. Studies show that positive body image is linked to an increase in social involvement. This makes sense, since you wouldn’t be as self-conscious about the way you look.
If you have children, your own body image issues plays an enormous role in how the children view themselves. Children as young as seven can show signs of, or start to demonstrate, body image issues.
Although there is no substitute for capability and good personality, studies have shown that people viewed as physically attractive are more likely to receive promotions and advance in their careers. That attractiveness level isn’t just facial beauty – it also extends into the realm of a healthy looking body.
Body image is more than what you see in the mirror. It involves how you perceive yourself and relates directly back to your emotions. If you don’t feel good about the way you look, it will affect your confidence and self-esteem.
Women in particular face pressure from friends and family. An off-hand comment, no matter how well meaning, can make you feel especially bad about yourself.
Even the advice and recommendations from complete strangers can have a negative impact on the way you feel about yourself, how you view your body contours, and make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.
Body Shapes of the Past
Throughout history, women’s bodies have been a canvas to be changed, shaped and molded. Women have looked to the rich, powerful and elite to define the ultimate body image for their time.
Standards of beauty differ wildly among cultures and societies, and in some eras, a certain body shape has been a form of rebellion.
At various times throughout history, different body types have been associated with specific economic and social status, placing additional stress on a woman’s perception of self.
What is considered a beautiful body has morphed in time:
- 1910 – Very curvy with a tiny waist
- 1920 – Short, petite and had few curves
- 1930 – Clearly defined waist and small curvatures
- 1940 – Broader shoulders and average height of 5’8
- 1950 – Hourglass figure
- 1960 – Narrow hips and few curves
- 1970 – Tall, lean and athletic with few curves
- 1980 – Few curves and tall (6 ft.)
- 1990 – Very slim frame, few curves (5’8”)
- 2000 – Lean, muscled, slight curves
- 2010 – Curvier shape, bigger buttocks
The first instance of liposuction being used to remove fat was in the 1920s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that liposuction became truly popular for helping women transform their bodies and improve body image.
Liposuction in the 1980s and 1990s
The use of liposuction allowed surgeons to remove fat on various parts of the body. and you could have any amount removed to shape your body into the desired curves – or lack thereof. Women suddenly realized that they didn’t have to live with unwanted lumps, bumps and bulges.
In the 1980s, the technique was highly invasive, painful, required significant recovery times, and could leave the treated area with rippled skin or unwanted indentations. It was still the preferred method for shaping the thighs and buttocks, and removing excess fat on the abdomen.
The tumescent technique was developed in the 1990s in which a local anesthesia and capillary constrictor was delivered into the fat. It allowed for larger amounts of fat to be removed, reduced bleeding, and eliminated the need for general anesthesia, IVs, sedatives and narcotics.
Liposuction has continued to improve due to many years of practical research and use since the 1980s. Today, liposuction techniques have improved to the point where recovery periods have now been reduced to days with VASERlipo®.
Body Sculpting Becomes an Art Form with VASERlipo®
Liposuction has now given way to precision body sculpting and elevated the procedure to an art form of skill and finesse. Body sculpting can help you regain the body you had before childbirth and make your clothes fit better.
VASERlipo® gives you a more youthful appearance and is particularly beneficial for pockets of fat that remain unaffected through diet and exercise.
Today’s body sculpting techniques provide results that are far superior to traditional liposuction and there are multiple methods that can be used, depending upon your particular needs.
VASERlipo® is a popular body sculpting procedure that has the following benefits:
- Minimally invasive
- Little downtime
- Fat can be removed leaving behind a muscular appearance
- Leaves behind smooth skin (no lumps)
- Results are natural-looking
- Can be used to remove large areas of fat
- Appropriate for men and women
- Addresses multiple areas of the body
- Can be used on areas previously treated with other methods
- Can be used to add volume to other areas of the body
VASERlipo® is an excellent choice for defining and refining your figure. VASERlipo® is playing a major role in the perception of body image by creating an appearance that’s more physically appealing, athletic and conforms to modern standards of beauty. It can be used on:
- Face and neck areas
- Outer thighs or buttocks
- Inner thighs
Liposuction and Body Image
Traditional liposuction methods have advanced to safe, precision body sculpting. You don’t have to live with unwanted fat pockets or an asymmetrical body.
You’ll feel better about the way your body looks, have improved self-esteem and greater confidence, and improve your quality of life knowing you look as great as you feel.
Liposuction and the technological advances that have produced newer and safer body sculpting techniques have revolutionized the way people address body image and the silhouette they show to the world.
You can attain the body that most closely matches your own view of beauty and feel good in your own skin again.