Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that can help contour your body by removing excess fat deposits. While liposuction is not a weight loss solution, it can help to slim and reshape specific areas of your body that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Types of liposuction procedures
Liposuction can be performed on areas of the body including the stomach, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck, and chin. If you are considering liposuction, it is important to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure.
How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. A small incision is made in the treatment area and a cannula (thin hollow tube) is inserted to break up and suction out the unwanted fat. The length of the procedure will depend on the number of areas being treated and the amount of fat being removed.
The best candidates for liposuction are non-smokers in good overall physical health, with specific areas of fat that they would like to remove. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, and patients should have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure.
Things to think about before deciding on liposuction
Before undergoing liposuction, it is important to talk to out plastic surgeons. Together, you will discuss your goals for the procedure and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Pros and cons of liposuction
Liposuction is a safe and effective way to contour your body, but like all surgeries, there are some risks involved. These risks will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Some of the potential benefits of liposuction include:
- Slimming and reshaping of specific areas of the body
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
- A more proportional body shape
There are also some potential drawbacks to liposuction that you should be aware of, which include:
- Risks associated with any surgery, such as infection, bleeding, and reactions to anesthesia
- Possible bruising, swelling, and numbness in the treatment area
- Asymmetry or uneven results if too much or too little fat is removed
- Changes in skin sensitivity
- Damage to underlying structures such as nerves or blood vessels
Are there age restrictions?
There are no age restrictions when it comes to liposuction. However, it is important to note that liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss or an effective treatment for saggy skin.
How long does it take?
The length of liposuction surgery will depend on the number of areas being treated and the amount of fat being removed. Most liposuction procedures can be performed in 1-2 hours.
Is it painful?
Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, which means that you will not feel any pain during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort and bruising in the treatment area afterwards, but this can be alleviated with pain medication.
Length of hospital stay
Most liposuction procedures are performed as outpatient surgeries, which means that you will be able to go home the same day. In some cases, you may need to stay overnight for observation.
What is the recovery time?
Most patients are able to return to work and their normal activities within a week. However, strenuous activity should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.
Liposuction can give you a more proportional body shape and improved self-esteem. Results are typically long-lasting, but may be affected by weight gain or loss.
Book a consultation
If you are considering liposuction, book a consultation with us. During your consultation, we will discuss your goals for the procedure and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Liposuction can give you the slimming and reshaping results you desire, but it is important to have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure.
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