One of the most common and non-invasive cosmetic procedure to reshape one’s body is Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty. It acts by eliminating excess fat in certain targeted parts of the body, giving the area a slim and sculpted effect. Often times, the fat stored in these areas has resisted the extensive diet and exercise efforts made by the patient, and can only be removed with liposuction.
It is also a common procedure used in conjunction with facelifts, breast reductions and tummy tucks, as to enhance the final results.
Did you know ?
According to ASAPS, Liposuction was the most popular surgical procedure in 2014, with over 340,000 procedures performed in America alone.
There are two types of fat in the body, subcutaneous and visceral fat. Only the subcutaneous fat can be removed by liposuction since it is located right underneath the skin’s surface. The visceral fat however is situated beneath the firm abdominal wall, making it unreachable.
Frequently asked questions
Am I a valid candidate for Liposuction?
Prior to this procedure, you should have reached your target body weight, and have been able to maintain it consistently, as to ensure long lasting results.
Genetics play a big role as well. The optimal skin structure for Liposuction is one that is both firm and elastic. This will enable the skin to contract to the operated area subsequently, and show a smooth appearance as a result.
Which areas of the body can Liposuction target?
The suitable areas for Liposuction consist of the cheeks, the chin, the neck, the breasts, the abdomen, the arms, the back, the waist, the hips, the thighs, the buttocks, the inner knee, the calves and the ankles.
Can Liposuction help remove my cellulite?
Liposuction only targets the fat cells accumulated in certain areas and cannot tighten the skin around it or remove the cellulite present. To tackle those specific issues, you will be referred to other procedures by your plastic surgeon. It is important to have realistic expectations before going forward with this procedure.
Will it be a painful procedure?
Being under the effect of anesthesia throughout the procedure, you will not feel a thing. You may experience a bit of discomfort during the healing process; you will however be prescribed the appropriate medication for a smooth recovery.
Will the incision leave scars?
The incisions themselves are small, rendering the scars small as well. The scars mainly heal well with time and become indiscernible. It should be noted that these incisions are mostly administered in hidden areas of the body.
How long will the results last?
Assuming you maintain a healthy lifestyle and balanced body weight, the results are long-lasting. In the event of pregnancy, weight gain, or simply due to aging, the results risk being affected. In that case, the fat accumulated will be stored in unpredictable areas, different from the ones operated on.