Liposuction, one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the world as it removes fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. A surgeon will typically perform the procedure on the legs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, neck, back, face, breasts and arms. Liposuction can also be performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as facelifts, tummy tucks and breast reductions. Before undergoing liposuction, it’s important to know the facts, so you can go in with realistic expectations.
Liposuction Works Best on Those with Firm, Elastic Skin
Liposuction is generally most suitable for adults who are within 30% of their ideal body weight. For best results, patients should have good muscle tone and firm, elastic skin. Your doctor will usually ensure you have realistic expectations of how your body will look following liposuction in order to promote a great level of satisfaction.
Liposuction Is Not a Weight Loss Procedure
In the majority of cases, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of a particular area on the body. The procedure is designed to reshape or contour the body through the removal of fat deposits. Since liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, you should not expect to lose weight. However, maintaining a healthy weight is essential for long-term results.
You May Have Some Pain and Bruising After Liposuction
During liposuction surgery, your surgeon will give you general or regional anesthesia and possibly inject a local anesthetic into the area as well. This will slowly wear off following the procedure, and you may begin to feel some discomfort or pain, as well as minor bruising in the area. Your doctor can prescribe a pain reliever, but symptoms should subside in a few days.
As long as liposuction is being performed by a skilled physician, it is generally a safe procedure. However, like any surgery, there are risks, including skin discoloration, scarring, dimpling and bagginess. If you are interested in liposuction, make sure to find visit a board-certified surgeon with many years of experience like Dr. Phillip Garcia. With double board certifications in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology, you can ensure you’re in good hands.
You’ll Need to Limit Your Activities for a Few Weeks
Following liposuction, you can typically return to work and normal activities within a few days. You should avoid strenuous activities and sports for about two weeks. You will see swelling decrease, and subtle changes occur in the area that received liposuction for the next several weeks. It may take a few months for swelling to resolve completely, after which, you will be able to see your full results.
The Results are Permanent
During liposuction, the fats cells are removed permanently. To maintain your new body after liposuction, exercise regularly and follow a diet that includes lean protein, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains.
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