- Liposuction can help eliminate stubborn fat.
- Excess fat is surgically removed from specific parts of the body using a suction technique.
- Liposuction can help you achieve improved body shape and proportion.
Liposuction surgically removes excess fat from specific parts of your body using a suction technique. Also known as lipoplasty or lipo, this cosmetic procedure contours desired areas to help you achieve improved body shape and proportion.
Despite eating right and exercising, you may find that there are certain areas of unwanted fat that just won’t disappear. Liposuction can help eliminate stubborn fat that commonly occurs in areas such as:
However, liposuction is not intended to achieve substantial weight loss. Liposuction may improve how good you look, but it takes healthy habits to improve how well you feel. It does not treat obesity, and it cannot replace a proper diet and regular exercise. Cellulite or loose skin also cannot be treated with liposuction.
Liposuction is not a weight-loss method and is therefore best for patients with a normal and stable body weight. You may benefit from liposuction if you’re generally content with your appearance, but are bothered by the presence of fat pockets in certain areas of your body. It is extremely important for patients to have realistic expectations, as not everyone can achieve the best results and benefit from this procedure.
Typically, patients who experience positive outcomes:
Liposuction is not advisable for patients with serious health problems or medical conditions that may increase risk for complications during surgery or lower your recovery ability, such as:
You should also consider alternatives if you are not at your ideal body weight or if you have excess skin in the areas of concern.
An experienced plastic surgeon can help you determine whether liposuction is right for you. Regardless of your decision, you’ll consult your plastic surgeon before a liposuction procedure to discuss what you want to achieve and any concerns about liposuction surgery and recovery – including illnesses, health conditions, medications and other risk factors that may increase any chances of complications.
Even if liposuction isn’t for you, your plastic surgeon can discuss other treatment options and alternative ways to achieve your goals. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic plastic surgeons provide Houston plastic surgery consultation and services for various types of procedures.
Before committing to any decision, it’s best to learn and think about potential risks as well as the benefits. Although liposuction generally has a high success rate, skin discoloration, contour irregularities, or infection may occur in some cases. The risk of developing skin irregularities can be significantly reduced depending on the expertise of the surgeon, tissue quality, and being conservative on the amount of fat removal.
Liposuction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Generally, patients recover relatively quickly and are able to return to work in days and resume normal activities within a couple of weeks.
Because liposuction is an individualized procedure, outcomes can vary among patients. Hence, it’s important to discuss what results you can achieve before having liposuction so you know what to expect after the procedure. Follow any instructions provided by your plastic surgeon to help maintain the best results.
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