Sometimes even a healthy diet and consistent exercise regimen can fail to procedure the results desired for every part of your body. Many men and women struggle with localized pockets of fat in a particular area of their body which is more resistant to diet and exercise than other areas of their body. This is largely due to genetics. We are pre-disposed to gain and hold on to weight in certain areas of our bodies and it’s different for everyone. Some people seem to only gain weight in all the more desirable areas and for others, just the opposite is true.
If you are tired of not getting the results you desire on your own, are in good health and are in a normal, healthy weight range, you may be a good candidate for Liposuction. Liposuction can be performed on nearly any part of the body including lower legs, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, abdomen, chest, upper arms, neck, along the jaw line and cheeks. These days there are a few different types of Liposuction coming onto the market, but the most commonly used is called Tumescent Liposuction.
Prior to the procedure, the Plastic Surgeon will mark the area to be treated with a marker. You will be put under either local anesthesia, in which you will be awake but relaxed and numb, or under general anesthesia, in which you will be asleep. It will simply depend on the amount of the area being treated and you and your Plastic Surgeon’s preference. Next, tumescent fluid will be injected which will work in a number of ways. First, it expands the tissue which will make it easier to remove the fat cells. It also will numb the area and minimize bleeding. After the tumescent fluid is in, you will wait for several minutes while it makes you numb.
The Plastic Surgeon will then make several small incisions in the previously marked area. He or she will insert a long, skinny tube which is called a cannula, in a forward and backward motion. The cannula will tunnel into the fat layer and remove the fat cells with the use of suction. This will be repeated until the appropriate amount has been removed. There is a limit on how much fat can be removed and the more that is removed the more dangerous the procedure is. It is important to understand that Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a weight loss solution but rather a way to remove localized stubborn pockets of fat in an otherwise healthy figure.
After the appropriate amount has been removed the Plastic Surgeon will then suture the incisions or leave them open and absorbent pads will be applied. You can expect to experience some pain, bruising and swelling after the procedure which will naturally fade away over the following weeks. You will likely have to wear a compression garment which will aide you in your recovery.
After the surgery you will be able to notice somewhat of an immediate improvement, but true results will further reveal themselves over the following 3-6 months as your body heals.
You will want to make sure to continue a healthy lifestyle of good food and exercise in order to maintain your results. While fat cells will have been removed, Liposuction does not prevent new cells from growing. If you take care of yourself, however, you will be able to enjoy your results and maintain them for several years to come.
As with any procedure, there are risks which you should discuss with your Plastic Surgeon prior to making your decision to undergo the procedure. During your consultation is a great time to explore your concerns and learn about what realistic expectations are for the procedure.