Trying to achieve what you consider the ideal body can be very frustrating. Like many men and women, eating properly and exercising may not prevent accumulation of fat deposits. Fortunately, liposuction is an effective plastic surgery procedure that can help you eliminate stubborn fat, change the contours of your body and achieve a more proportional body.
Liposuction surgery is an aesthetic procedure that breaks down and suctions excess fat from the body to shape and sculpt it. Suction takes place in body areas that accumulate excess fat, such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, inner and back parts of the arm, and back. To maintain the procedure results over time, it is recommended to exercise and to maintain stable body weight and a healthy diet.
Nonetheless, it is important to remember that liposuction is not a method of weight loss but rather a cosmetic procedure with mild effects, and only in some cases can it be used to treat medical conditions. Liposuction is not designed to reduce weight, and is not a treatment for obesity.
How liposuction is performed?
Liposuction surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about one hour. In cases of small liposuction (up to 300 cc), the surgery can be performed under local anesthesia and the procedure is shorter. During surgery a tube connected to a pump is inserted under the skin and used to suction the fat and remove it from the desired area.
What to expect after surgery?
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells and therefore changes the shape of the body. However, patients who do not maintain a healthy post-operative lifestyle risk losing their remaining fat cells. Also, the success of the surgery is highly dependent on skin flexibility, and the more elastic the skin the more positive the results. After the operation and for several weeks, it is recommended to wear a corset or a pressure garment to support the area where the suction was performed. Vigorous exercise in the weeks following surgery is also recommended.