Liposuction is simply known as lipo, is a type of Cosmetic Surgery that removes fat from the human body in an attempt to change its shape. Evidence does not support an effect on weight beyond a couple of months and it does not appear to affect obesity-related problems.
Liposuction is generally used in an attempt to change the body’s shape. Areas operated include the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and backs of the arms. The procedure may be performed under general, regional, or local anesthesia. It then involves using a cannula and negative pressure to suck out fat. People operated on should generally have a normal weight and good skin elasticity.
Advantage of Liposuction
- All you need to reshape problem areas in one treatment
- Treat more areas and larger areas in one procedure
- May be performed with either local or general anesthesia
- More predictable and consistent result than noninvasive treatments
Liposuction sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.
What liposuction can treat?
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin, and neck
- Calves and ankles
What liposuction can’t do?
Liposuction is not a treatment for a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips, and buttocks or loose saggy skin.
Ideal candidates are:
- 30% of adults ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin, and good muscle tone
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Anyone with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
If you want to lose fat by excess, fat deposits located anywhere on your body that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you.
Recovery after Liposuction:
Throughout your liposuction recovery, may cover treatment areas once your procedure is completed. These help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site and drains
- Medications to take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- When to follow up with your plastic surgeon
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period:
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
- How long will I wear the compression garment?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate. As it does, your new contours and enhanced self-image should continue to develop.
Risks and Safety
The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of liposuction are acceptable.
Results after Liposuction
The results will be long-lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.