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While diet and exercise may help you lose weight in general, there are times when you lose weight in every area of the body except for the places where you really want to. Liposuction is a surgical body-contouring procedure that can be used to reshape areas of the body and face through fat removal. This procedure can be used to sculpt nearly any area of the body and results in a slimmer figure with improved contours.
The concept of liposuction is surprisingly simple. Liposuction is an invasive procedure that works by removing excess fat deposits located between the skin and muscle. Our doctors utilize the latest liposuction advancements that allow for smooth results, quicker recovery and an added benefit of tightening the skin. In addition to its cosmetic benefits, excess weight can cause a multitude of health risks, and liposuction can reduce some of these health risks.
It is important to remember that different areas on the body require that different techniques to be used, as there are several cannula options available. Also keep in mind that different areas will have a different amount in the number of incisions needed.
Almost any area can be considered as long as there is enough pinchable fat. Common areas include:
The procedure is performed by suctioning the unwanted fat in localized areas of the body through small stainless-steel tubes called cannulas with the goal of bringing proportion back to the body.
Tumescent liposuction designates a form of liposuction that uses tumescent local anesthesia. The tumescent technique for liposuction eliminates the greatest dangers associated with the older forms of liposuction while minimizing bleeding. Our doctors at BeautyFix utilize the latest advancements in liposuction technology that allow for smoother, quicker recovery, and improved tightening of the skin. Most surgeons will require that patients wear an elastic compression garment for a certain length of time after their liposuction procedure. These garments are designed to reduce bleeding immediately after surgery and help reduce swelling while the body is healing. Our doctors and surgical experts help you choose the best option and answer all questions during a free consultation and assessment.
Note: It is important to remember that liposuction is not a replacement for weight loss or obesity. It should be considered a treatment method for excess fat on localized areas of the body that the patient is struggling to lose despite proper diet and exercise.
The cost of liposuction usually depends on how many areas are treated. At BeautyFix Plastic Surgery, it is more cost efficient to treat multiple areas at one time due to the reservation fees of our operating rooms. For optimal results, various treatment areas are suggested in most cases.
A good candidate for liposuction is defined as any person who has realistic expectations, is in good health, and is likely to be happy with the results of fat removal only. Although liposuction can often provide very substantial improvements, it is rare for liposuction results to be absolutely perfect without also treating the skin and muscles.
After liposuction, the new body’s shape is more or less permanent. If a patient does gain a moderate amount of weight after liposuction, then the figure will simply be a larger version of the new body shape. Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back.
The most frequently treated areas for women are the abdomen, hips, back, outer thighs, anterior thighs, inner thighs, knees, arms, buttocks, and chin. In men, who comprise about 15% to 25% of liposuction patients, the most commonly treated areas include the chin, abdomen, flanks (“love-handles”), and chest.
Liposuction is amazingly safe. The most dangerous aspect of liposuction is an attitude that ignores the risk of doing too much liposuction on a single day, or disregards the risks of doing multiple unrelated surgical procedures on the same day that liposuction surgery is performed.. Rare problems that can potentially occur with any surgical procedure include infections, bleeding, skin ulcerations and/or nerve injury.
Soreness is usually the most intense 2 to 4 days after liposuction and then decreases steadily. The tenderness and soreness can be bothersome for up to 4 weeks, but gradually subsides over the following next 4 to 8 weeks.
The appearance of skin after liposuction depends on the skin’s elasticity. Skin with good elasticity should look smooth and natural after liposuction. Scars are not a common problem with modern liposuction which uses very small cannulas (microcannulas) and thus only very small incisions are required.
Liposuction is not a good treatment of obesity. Liposuction is not effective, even as a last resort, for people who are unable to lose weight by dieting and exercise.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a more invasive surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia. It can involve some liposuction, but targets a large excision of skin and tightening of the internal muscle wall. In many patients (but not all) liposuction of the abdomen can often provide equivalent or better results than a tummy tuck. Because liposuction causes less discomfort compared to tummy tucks, abdominal liposuction is now far more common than tummy tucks.