Men and women often seek out plastic surgery hoping to obtain a trimmer physique. This is why liposuction remains one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery today. Liposuction is good at targeting stubborn fat pockets because it removes the main deposits of fat, but it’s important to remember that there is only so much that the procedure can do.
Is Liposuction Enough?
While getting rid of the fat deposits is enough for many people, for others, excess, saggy skin may be a problem, one that requires a different solution. Liposuction is not designed to target this skin. Instead, plastic surgeons use it to debulk areas of the body. The procedure decreases the fat thickness in a body’s subcutaneous region. Liposuction is done between the underlying muscle and the skin. When it comes to results, plastic surgeons are always at the mercy of a person’s skin tone and elasticity, something that is individual to every person. If you have skin that’s loose or saggy, then a body lift or a tummy tuck may be a better way to get the look that you want.
If you want to lose weight, then liposuction is not the way to go. While the procedure is able to improve your overall shape, which could result in a slimmer, more tone appearance, it will not help you lose weight. With liposuction, people who are the most satisfied with the results are those who don’t feel as though they need to lose weight before having the surgery.
How is Liposuction Done?
Liposuction is an outpatient surgery, one performed with local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Your plastic surgeon will discuss his or her anesthesia recommendations with you prior to the surgery. To get to the fat underneath the skin, your surgeon will make one or two incisions close to the treatment area. This will allow him or her to insert a thin tube to suction the fat out. Depending on the extensiveness of the treatment, you can expect it to last anywhere from an hour to as long as three hours.
Because advancements have been made in cosmetic procedures, swelling, discomfort and trauma are less likely to occur. While there are never guarantees, many people recover from liposuction super-fast. Some are able to go back to work with just a few days of recovery and rest. Cosmetic surgeons are able to prescribe pain medications, but most people are able to manage the pain with over-the-counter products.
Instead of relying on liposuction alone, many people need a combination of plastic surgery procedures to get the look that they want. This may include body contouring, a procedure than can be performed at the same time as liposuction. Contouring is done to tighten and remove loose and excess skin. While most people can have several cosmetic procedures completed at
the same time, doing so ultimately comes down to the personal anatomy of the individual as well as the areas that need to be treated.
There may also be other factors in play, ones that could affect the body’s blood supply to the skin. When the blood supply is affected, healing problems may occur. This is why it’s important to work with an experienced plastic surgeon. Someone with experience will be able to assess the specific needs of your body to develop an effective and safe surgical strategy.
How to Know if You’re a Candidate for Liposuction
Liposuction works best when the procedure is being used to eliminate particular pockets of fat and as long as the patient’s skin features enough natural elasticity to recover. Liposuction candidates are close to their preferred body weight. Candidates are also people who feel as though certain parts of their bodies are not proportionate to other areas of their figure. Once fat is eliminated on one part of the body, your natural features may be able to shine. When the candidate is right, liposuction delivers amazing fat eliminating results.
Tips for Choosing a Qualified Plastic Surgeon
When it comes to surgery, it’s important to evaluate potential surgeons carefully to select one who will perform the cosmetic procedure safely and give you the results that you want. Evaluation tips include considering a surgeon’s experience and skill. You’ll want to be treated by a surgeon who performs liposuction regularly on people in the areas of your body that you want treated. Ask about the number of procedures completed throughout his or her career. Also, request photos of previous patients.
Look for a cosmetic surgeon who has board certification. A board-certified cosmetic surgeon must complete specialized liposuction training during the fellowship portion of his or her education. Along with this, when you choose a board-certified doctor, you’ll know that your procedure will be done in an accredited facility.
A plastic surgeon’s aesthetic style is another important consideration. Keep in mind that with cosmetic procedures, your doctor is sculpting parts of your body, making it important to select a surgeon whose aesthetic preferences are similar to what you want. When you start looking at a plastic surgeon’s before and after photos, watch for previous patients whose original bodies look like yours does now. Also, pay more attention to those who had the procedure you’re considering.
The Potential for Long-Term Results
Liposuction eliminates fat cells from the body, and once they’re gone, they will not return. To maintain liposuction results, avoid major weight gains. If you should gain weight, then your appearance will change because your body will store this fat in other parts of the body. When
you have cosmetic surgery performed by a qualified doctor, liposuction can be a safe and effective way to get the body shape you’ve always wanted.
A Plastic Surgeon with Experience
Dr. Rucker attended the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University to complete his medical training. He spent an additional five years in general surgery and has also completed a three-year residency in plastic surgery. Dr. Rucker is a Wisconsin-based plastic surgeon specializing in liposuction and other plastic surgery procedures. His office is in River Falls, WI.