No matter how much you diet or exercise, there can be some body areas left with stubborn pockets of excess fat that just won’t shift.
Liposuction is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, leaving a much more defined shape.
It is often used on areas such as:
- Flanks (‘Love Handles’)
- Upper arms
For a complete body sculpting procedure, your plastic surgeon may recommend combining your liposuction surgery with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to help remove any excess skin and tissue.
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4 Things To Consider Before Liposuction
Performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, liposuction is a safe and effective way to achieve a more desirable and aesthetically-pleasing silhouette.
However, as with all plastic surgeries, it is not without its risks. If you are considering liposuction, here are the most important things to consider in order to make an informed and safe decision.
1. Does liposuction produce permanent results?
After the liposuction procedure, your new body shape will be more or less permanent. Fat cells that are removed by liposuction DO NOT grow back.
|If the patient gains a moderate amount of weight after liposuction||
The new figure will simply be a larger version of the new body shape.
It is important to remember that the more weight you gain after liposuction, the less dramatic the results will be.
|If the patient doesn’t gain excessive amounts of weight after liposuction||The new, more pleasing body contours are permanent.|
|As the patient ages||
Liposuction does not stop the tendency of the body’s fat deposits to change size and location with increasing age.Despite these expected changes associated with aging, the results of a successful liposuction treatment will always be apparent.
2. How much weight will I lose with liposuction?
Plastic surgeons do not recommend liposuction as a weight loss solution and patients should not expect to lose a dramatic amount of weight with this surgery. In fact, liposuction works best for patients who are within 30% of their ideal weight.
Liposuction should not be considered as an alternative to diet and exercise but rather as a way of complimenting your weight loss efforts, giving you a more proportional and pleasing appearance.
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3. How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction is typically a day surgery and doesn’t require you to stay overnight unless the procedure is very extensive and large volumes of fat are being removed.
The procedure typically takes between 1-3 hours to complete.
During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will make small incisions to the treatment area and insert a slim suction device (cannula) to pull the excess fat out. Liposuction is performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on your particular case.
After the surgery, the treated area is stitched and bandaged tightly to promote healing and reduce any swelling or risk of infection.
It is very important to remember that choosing a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon will greatly reduce the risks associated with the liposuction procedure and provide you with the most pleasing aesthetic results.
4. What is the recovery period after liposuction?
Under most circumstances, when liposuction is done as an outpatient procedure, the recovery period is relatively short. Most patients are able to return to work after a few days and resume all normal activities within two weeks.
Your plastic surgeon may advise you to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to reduce any swelling and promote the healing process.
It is important to note that the recovery period can vary widely among patients and depends largely on:
- The size of the treatment area
- The volume of fat to be removed
Be sure to discuss your expected results with your plastic surgeon as they can advise you on how best to maintain your new and improved body contours.
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