Are you trying to get rid of flabby, jiggly fat on your thighs, stomach, arms, back or chest? Liposuction can remove the fat and help you sculpt a shapely body. Learn more about this popular procedure and discover what it can do to help you achieve a beautiful new body.
What is Liposuction?
This treatment is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes pockets of stubborn fat from your body. If you’re at your correct weight but still have stubborn folds of flab that you can’t exercise away, liposuction is the solution.
With this treatment, you’ll get a body that’s not just smaller but also firmer and more shapely.
Benefits of Liposuction
- It provides immediate, beautiful and long-lasting results.
- It is a safe, FDA-approved procedure for fat removal.
- You can target specific areas for body contouring.
- It removes stubborn fat from all your trouble spots.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. Millions of people every year choose this procedure. After breast augmentation, it’s the most commonly requested cosmetic surgical procedure.
Why is it a Popular Choice?
It’s been a proven fat-removal procedure for decades. Liposuction has been safely used on millions of people. There are many reasons why it has remained a favorite procedure.
It’s the Gold Standard for Fat Removal
In recent years, consumers have increasingly demanded nonsurgical, noninvasive fat-loss procedures. These procedures do a good job, but the bottom line is that none of them can match the results that this treatment can give you. Plastic surgeons consider liposuction the gold standard when it comes to fat removal.
The results from liposuction are immediate and dramatic. You can literally transform your body in one day. They are also permanent, because the fat cells are permanently removed and can’t grow back. If you want the best results, the best outcomes and the best-looking body you can get, you should choose liposuction.
Cosmetic Surgery is More Acceptable
The public has embraced plastic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of people requesting cosmetic procedures has gone up every year for the past decade. That number shows no sign of slowing down. Many people today are highly health-conscious and body-conscious. They work hard to stay at a healthy weight and keep fit. Now, they’re demanding a body that shows off that hard work. Liposuction can make that happen.
It’s Widely Available
Most plastic surgeons include liposuction as a standard part of their practice. It is a time-tested procedure that they know they can rely on to give their patients the best results. A good plastic surgeon has the skill to shape your body in addition to removing the fat.
It Produces Beautiful Results
In the hands of a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, this procedure can help you achieve a body that isn’t just smaller but also beautifully shaped. Your fat and cellulite will be transformed into firm, toned curves. If you have struggled for years to shed those inches, you will be amazed at the transformation that is possible with this procedure.
You Can Use It Anywhere
Some fat-removal procedures are limited in where they can be used. Liposuction can be used all over, including the face, chin and neck. You can use this procedure to shape and define any part of your body:
- Upper arms
- Double chin
You Can Combine Liposuction with Other Procedures
You can easily combine liposuction with other procedures. It is already part of some other procedures like the Brazilian butt lift and natural breast augmentation. Many people find that after having procedures like a tummy tuck or a thigh lift, they still want to fine-tune their bodies. Liposuction is a good option for this additional work.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction begins with a step to soften and liquefy the fat. This can be a solution injected into the fat cells, heat from a laser or energy from an ultrasound device. Once the fat is softened, the surgeon inserts tiny cannula into the skin. These cannula are like very small straws. The doctor then uses a suction machine to pull the fat through the cannula.
If you’re using the fat for another procedure, the doctor then sterilizes the fat cells.
Fat removal is only part of the procedure. If the fat isn’t being used for another procedure, your surgeon simply disposes of it. Your doctor then spends time shaping your body into its new contours. You will notice a difference immediately after surgery, but you won’t be able to see the full results until your body has completely healed.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Although it can remove large amounts of fat, liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. It is ideal for people who:
- Are within 30% of their ideal weight but still struggle to slim down their stubborn spots
- Want to achieve a firm, toned shape
- Have had another cosmetic procedure but still need some fine-tuning
- Are in good health and a nonsmoker
- Have realistic goals for surgery
Different Types of Liposuction
There are different kinds of liposuction. Your plastic surgeon will determine which type will work best for you.
This is the most common type. It involves injection of a saline solution into the fat before the procedure begins. The solution contains lidocaine and epinephrine, which make the fat softer and easier to remove.
This technique uses ultrasound instead of an injected solution to help break up the fat cells. The ultrasound waves turn the fat into liquid, which is easier to pull out through the suction machine.
SmartLipo is the brand name for a liposuction technique that uses laser assistance. Laser beams heat the fat cells and cause them to disintegrate.
What is the Procedure Like?
Before you have liposuction, you should begin with a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. You can discuss your goals for surgery and the areas that you’d like to treat. Your surgeon might mark the spots on your body the day before surgery to ensure that every spot you want treated is included in your procedure.
Preparing for Liposuction
Your doctor’s office will give you instructions on preparing for your surgery. You might have to restrict alcohol or certain foods for a few days. Be sure to bring up any medications or supplements you’re taking. On the day of the procedure, your surgeon may take photographs to show before-and-after results. You will probably enjoy looking at these later.
During the Procedure
You will normally have liposuction done at your surgeon’s office. The procedure begins with local or general anesthesia. A liposuction procedure typically takes two or three hours.
Recovery and Aftercare
You should arrange for a ride home after the surgery. You should be able to go back to work in a few days and return to your normal activities in about two weeks. Your doctor might recommend that you wear special compression garments for two or three months.
You will have to attend follow-up appointments to make sure that you’re healing properly and happy with your results. Liposuction is less invasive than other surgical techniques, and the recovery is generally faster.
Liposuction Compared to Nonsurgical Techniques
You may have heard about nonsurgical procedures to remove fat. These procedures are a good alternative for people who don’t want surgery, but they have several drawbacks that you should be aware of if you’re considering them.
They require repeated sessions. Unlike liposuction, these techniques don’t produce immediate results. Many of them require you to have six, eight or even more sessions before you start to see changes to your body. You’ll have to fit these into your schedule, which could take weeks or months.
You won’t get immediate results. Liposuction gives you amazing results in one day. You’ll see the changes as soon as your surgery is finished. Once your body is fully healed, you’ll have the gorgeous body that you always dreamed of. Nonsurgical options work gradually over time. You won’t see visible changes until weeks or months after you finish all your treatment sessions.
They don’t produce equally dramatic changes. Nonsurgical treatments can remove some fat and improve the way your body looks, but only liposuction can dramatically reshape your body. Liposuction is the gold standard for a reason. It gives you the shapely, firm body that you want and deserve.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will You Need?
The good news about liposuction is that you only need to get it once. Your results are permanent. In order to maintain your new shape, you should plan to maintain your weight and keep up your exercise routine.
Learn More About Liposuction
If you’ve been waiting years to get the shapely body you want, discover what liposuction can do for you. For more information, we encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery. At our convenient locations in New York, Woodbury, Southampton, and Boca Raton, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain your options in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!