Sometimes, diet and exercise just don’t work. It can be exhausting trying to lose stubborn fat and weight over months or years, when sometimes you just wish you could be there already. Liposuction can be a life-changing fat removal surgery that can jumpstart a new, healthy lifestyle with a new, contoured body.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a technique that uses a cannula, or thin, hollow tube, to loosen fat deposits under the skin, which are then vacuumed from the body. This is often done in conjunction with other surgical cosmetic procedures that benefit from fat transfer, such as breast, buttock, or facial augmentation. It is also done during other fat-reduction procedures, such as face or neck lifts, breast reductions, or abdominoplasties. These procedures use or remove fat in order to improve the body’s proportion and contour.
Who should consider Liposuction?
Any individual who is otherwise healthy can consider Liposuction to treat stubborn, fatty areas that cannot be removed by diet, exercise, or lifestyle change. Everyone’s body stores fat differently or in different places, so Liposuction can be helpful to those who feel like they are stuck with fat in their stomach, thighs, or other areas. Liposuction will not treat obesity and is a jumpstart for a healthy, active life— not a substitute for it.
What happens during Liposuction?
After administering anesthesia, a small incision is made in a location depending on the area being treated. Since the tools being used to remove the fat are small and effective, the incision is well-concealed and unobtrusive. A small, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted though these incisions to suction out excess fat and contour the treatment area.
What are the results and recovery like?
Since Liposuction procedures are invasive, some downtime can be expected as the incisions heal. A compression garment may be recommended in order to help control swelling and ensure the skin is pressed into the new body contours, under which the fat has been removed. Some drains may be placed in order to collect any fluids that might build up during the healing process.
It may take up to a few months before the operation sites are properly healed and have settled into their new, natural contour. However, the results will be long-lasting if they are accompanied by a lifestyle change and maintenance of a healthy body weight.
If you are struggling with fat deposits that you want to be rid of, contact our office to ask questions about our Liposuction procedures.