What is Liposuction ?

Liposuction is one of the most effective body contouring procedures and produces excellent results for people who have deposits of excess fat that make certain body areas appear disproportionately large. The best results are achieved in patients who are at or near their normal weight with good skin elasticity and are interested in improving their body contour. Fat deposits that have not responded to diet and exercise or that are genetically predetermined in a specific area can be eliminated through liposuction.

Is Liposuction Effective In Removing Cellulite?

Cellulite is a condition where fibrous adhesions attach the skin to the underlying fascia in certain areas of the body. Heredity tends to play a part in whether or not you have cellulite, which may not become apparent until gaining weight, usually in the mid-20´s to 30´s. It can be best managed by successful weight reduction programs to eliminate the bulging of the fatty tissue around these adhesions. There are no effective creams, medications or lotions that will improve cellulite. Liposuction does not effectively treat cellulite either although it may be somewhat helpful in selected areas.

What Areas Are Treatable With Liposuction .

Liposuction can be done in the following areas of the body,

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Calves
  • Face and Neck

Recovery from Liposuction

After surgery, initial healing will include swelling, numbness, soreness, and bruising. Prescribed oral medication helps control any discomfort. A compression garment is worn to control swelling and to compress the skin to the new body contours. Patients should walk as soon as possible to help prevent blood clots in the legs. Most of the swelling resolves within three weeks although some swelling and skin laxity can persist for up to three months. The recovery time varies for each patient, but most patients can return to work within a few days after surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided for up to one month

What are the risks to liposuction?

The typical risks associated with liposuction are standard with every procedure, such as problems with anesthesia, bleeding, and infection; however, these risks are low. The removal of fat through small incisions with cannulas is not exact science and occasionally there will be contour irregularities or mild asymmetry when comparing sides. A detailed discussion of all possible complications can be had during the consultation

Obesity and Liposuction

Liposuction is a very effective aesthetic procedure, but not one intended to combat obesity.

Liposuction’s function is not to help patients lose weight in their path to fitness and health. The surgery is considered to be body contouring, and one session is often enough to create new, slimmer lines and reduce localized bulges of stubborn fat.

Liposuction is not for general, overall fat reduction, but for targeting specific areas where fat has accumulated. This excess fat may create love handles, a double chin, or other bulges that disrupt what would otherwise be a slimmer look, and can resist a patient’s best efforts to lose it, even when fat reduction has been successful elsewhere on the body.

Patients who have dealt with obesity may also find that their weight loss has left them with loose, sagging skin at their abdomen. Since liposuction is strictly a fat-removal surgery, the other excess tissue is best addressed by a tummy tuck. The two procedures are regularly combined to achieve total aesthetic transformation of the abdomen .


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