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Is Liposuction The Best Treatment For You?

Posted July 8, 2019 in Liposuction Procedure

The idea of undergoing plastic surgery may seem overwhelming for many people despite knowing how beneficial it is. Those who struggle with excess fat in multiple areas of their body have likely attempted to rid themselves of it through a healthy diet and strict workout schedule. 

While exercise can help build muscle and burn fat, some people may require surgical help to achieve the results they desire. Liposuction can help you cross the finish line to your aesthetic goals by eliminating stubborn fat so that you can show off your fit and toned body. 

Before you decide to undergo liposuction, make sure that you are ready both physically and mentally so you can have the best surgical experience and look forward to long-lasting results. 

Woman Grabbing Fat

What Is Liposuction? 

Liposuction is a safe, surgical procedure performed on an outpatient basis that removes unwanted fat through a gentle suctioning process. The procedure is performed using a small tube known as a cannula to eliminate fat in any of the following areas:

  • Arm 
  • Hips 
  • Waist
  • Chest
  • Legs 
  • Thighs 
  • Back
  • Calves 
  • Ankles
  • Cheeks 
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Abdomen 
  • Buttocks  

Liposuction is ideal for patients who have a normal-weight and firm, elastic skin who wish to remove pockets of excess fat in certain areas. 

You should be in good health before undergoing any surgery, including liposuction. If you are in poor health, your risk of surgical complications and infections could be higher and may compromise your long-term health.

What Are My Treatment Options? 

There are a variety of techniques that can produce a slimmer and proportionate body contour. Your plastic surgeon should be able to provide you with information regarding your options and possibilities during your consultation.  

Liposuction Before and After

Tumescent Liposuction 

The tumescent liposuction technique depends upon tumescent fluid injected into the treatment area before the cannula is inserted into the incision. The fluid helps break up fatty deposits, making them easier to remove. Injecting the tumescent fluid into the fatty tissue also helps minimize bruising, swelling, and pain.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat for easier removal. This helps minimize bruising, and the ultrasonic heat may promote skin contraction. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is best used for patients who have skin laxity.

CoolSculpting®

Non-surgical fat removal is also a good choice for patients who have good skin elasticity, isolated fat deposits, and do not desire surgery or anesthesia. Although it may require several treatments to achieve the same result as surgery, it has the advantage of no anesthesia or downtime. An applicator is placed on the desired area to reduce and over 35 minutes “freezes” the fat in a painless process. The body then absorbs the frozen fat over the next several months. When combined with weight control and exercise, CoolSculpting® can be very effective, especially for busy professionals who can’t take time away from work for surgery.

What about Skin Laxity?

It is a fact that the ideal liposuction candidate has good skin tone and minimal-to-no stretch marks on the skin. A beautiful liposuction result relies upon two critical aspects: appropriate reduction/removal of the deeper fat beneath the skin and predictable redistribution and shrinkage of the skin overlying the treated area. If excess skin laxity exists, and the skin has an inability to “shrink back” along its new, decompressed contour, undiagnosed skin laxity and looseness can be made worse, giving an undesirable result.

There have been many “skin tightening” devices on the market in various forms for years, but only recently has the technology been able to produce more dramatic results while prioritizing safety at the same time. Patients who would have otherwise been deemed poor candidates for liposuction (due to skin laxity concerns) are now seeing predictable skin tightening and improved long term results. The use of controlled heat, in the form of radiofrequency (RF) energy, allows simultaneous tightening, shrinkage, and contraction of the overlying, loose skin to ensure a more harmonious and predictable final contour in conjunction with liposuction of deeper fatty layers. The BodyTite™, FaceTite™, and AccuTite™ systems by InMode have the ability to treat a variety of skin regions, and are commonly used in conjunction with liposuction procedures to help expand the group of individuals who now can be candidates for liposuction-type procedures.

What Will My Recovery Be Like? 

You should expect some bruising, swelling, and numbness to occur following your procedure. We recommend wearing a compression garment around the treatment area to help decrease postoperative swelling. This reduces the amount of time you will experience swelling, and it promotes tissue contraction for better results.

As with your diet, regular exercise is also necessary for maintaining your results and minimizing future fat accumulation.

To learn more about liposuction, you can call our office at (205)-930-1600 or schedule a consultation with us online today! 

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