Patients who are having trouble eliminating stubborn fat on the body often turn to liposuction to help get rid of fat on selected areas of the body. The result is less fat in the treated area and a better shape and contour to the body. Some of the most popular areas of the body where liposuction is performed include the butt, abdomen, back, hips, and thighs. While liposuction can get rid of excess and stubborn fat, it is not a weight loss procedure and should not be considered a way to lose weight by the patient.
Interested in having liposuction? Take a look below to learn more about the procedure and what to expect when it comes to liposuction. Knowing what to expect when it comes to the treatment will also help you decide if liposuction is safe and right for you!
The main purpose of liposuction is to reduce and/or eliminate fat on a selected area of the body to give it a look that is slim and reshaped along with a greater contour. The surgeon will make tiny incisions in the area of the body that is being treated. Once the tiny incisions are made, the surgeon will remove the stubborn fat by using a suction tube known as a cannula. The cannula is placed in the body (through the incisions) in order to easily reach the targeted deposits of fat.
You should know that anesthesia will be administered before the procedure begins so you will not feel any pain during the surgery. However, you will feel some pain during the recovery process along with experiencing some bruising, swelling and soreness after liposuction is performed. Any pain that is felt can be minimized by taking prescribed pain medication as well as wearing a compression garment and keeping any drains in place until the doctor decides it is time to remove them.
In general, liposuction is an ideal choice for:
It is important to know that liposuction is an invasive surgery that involves multiple risks during the procedure. Some of the most common risks include reaction to the anesthesia, damage to the nerves and puncture wounds.
Once the liposuction surgery is completed, some of the risks will include infections, hematoma (bleeding under the skin), fluid in the lungs, blood clots, seroma (fluid that leaks under the skin), swelling, bruising and skin necrosis.
In addition, you can experience skin that is wavy or bumpy in appearance, a less than aesthetic shape or contour to the body, scars, dimpled skin, numbness or changes in the sensation of the skin, changes in the color of the skin and a final appearance that is not what you hoped to achieve when deciding to have liposuction.
Once the recovery process is over, the fat that is removed from the targeted area on the body will not return. That fat is permanently eliminated from the body.
In other words, if you gain weight, the fat will be stored in a different area on the body. Only the fat that was treated with liposuction will be permanently eliminated. Fat can still grow and appear elsewhere on the body, but it can be treated with liposuction during a future procedure.
Your first step in the liposuction process is scheduling a consultation appointment with a surgeon experienced in performing the procedure and also possessing an artistic eye to provide the desired shape and contour.
The surgeon will examine your body to determine where the stubborn fat is located, whether or not you are considered to be an ideal liposuction candidate and the ideal liposuction treatment to eliminate the desired deposits of fat. The surgeon will also discuss the expected final results so you will have a realistic idea about the type of results that can be expected from the surgery.
It is important to remember that liposuction is an elective surgery which means that insurance will not cover any of the cost. You will have to pay for liposuction out of your own pocket so make sure you have the budget and the funds to undergo the surgery. Also, ask your doctor about the benefits and risks involved in undergoing liposuction. Once you have all of the information you need to better understand the procedure, you can make the final decision about making changes to your body using liposuction.