What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, which is also sometimes referred to as lipoplasty, is among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States today. It is a minimally invasive procedure used to sculpt the body by removing undesirable areas of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise.
These localized deposits of fat are withdrawn through a small, thin tube called a cannula. The fat from the targeted area is suctioned from the body through this tube to help patients achieve a trim and more balanced appearance. Liposuction helps provide a smoother, slimmer contour. In addition, by removing the fat cells rather than causing them to shrink as dieting does, liposuction also ensures that these areas will not accumulate fatty deposits in the future.
While the conventional liposuction procedure was effective in removing excessive fat pockets, it was often a painful form of treatment that involved suctioning out large areas of solid fat. New technology has allowed for different techniques that improve the accuracy and reduce the pain associated with this procedure. Today, liposuction is usually performed via the tumescent technique or with the help of ultrasound imaging or a laser. A combination of these methods can be customized to each patient’s unique body and liposuction needs to obtain the most satisfying results. These new technologies have transformed liposuction into a much safer and less invasive procedure.
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good overall health and maintains a healthy lifestyle, but has one or more problem areas with fat deposits that have not responded to traditional weight loss methods. Localized areas of fat often leave patients looking disproportionate and can lead to low self-esteem and other issues. These areas can be spot treated through liposuction to remove the excess fat and leave patients with a slimmer, more toned appearance. Good candidates for liposuction should be at or close to their ideal body weight and have firm skin with a reasonable amount of elasticity.
It is important for patients to have realistic expectations, and remember that liposuction should not be used as a means for major weight loss. It is instead used to remove localized areas of stubborn fat after the patient has attempted other natural weight loss methods. Liposuction is much more effective at treating pockets of fat than it is for cellulite. When liposuction is performed on an area of cellulite, the patient may experience some irregularities in the skin at the treatment site.
After liposuction, patients must maintain their body weight through diet and exercise in order to prevent the growth of new fat cells. A healthy lifestyle will help preserve the aesthetic improvements achieved through liposuction. Therefore, if a patient does not gain a significant amount of weight after the procedure, the results will be long lasting and remain in place until the effects of aging begin to change the shape of certain body parts.
Liposuction can be used to effectively treat localized fat deposits within the:
A liposuction procedure may be performed alone or can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a buttocks lift, breast reduction or tummy tuck, to achieve maximum results. Any individual interested in obtaining more information on a liposuction procedure should schedule a consultation appointment with an experienced plastic surgeon to address any questions and concerns and find out exactly what benefits this treatment can achieve for them.
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