A common cosmetic procedure that many of our clients ask about is liposuction, known technically as lipoplasty. It’s a surgery that can help improve the shape of a particular body area by eliminating unnecessary fat. It should be noted, however, that liposuction is by no means an alternative to a healthy diet and exercise regimen. The upside is that the procedure does improve your physical shape and can help achieve an ideal proportion that would not be possible with only weight loss. You will be able to discuss any question or concern with Dr. Downey about liposuction. We have taken some of our most commonly asked questions and answered them.
Is Liposuction Often Paired with Other Procedures?
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, there are just some parts of our body that store stubborn fat more so than other areas. Cosmetic surgeons remove this fat from common places like the waist, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, ankles, cheeks, and the chest area. Some clients prefer to have the procedure done on its own, which is completely fine, but it is not uncommon to see clients who ask for liposuction along with other procedures. Tummy tucks and breast reduction are often seen paired together. Altogether, these procedures help our clients get one step closer to reaching their aesthetic goals.
How is Liposuction Performed?
Surgery is often initiated by administering anesthesia to the client for maximum comfort and relaxation. One of the first actions the doctor takes is to fill small incisions with a sterile liquid that reduces bleeding during the procedure. Soon after, the fat deposits need to be loosened and prepped for removal. During this, thin tubes are placed in each incision and moved in a constant back and forth motion to loosen the fat. In the last part of liposuction, the fat gets sucked out of the body area the doctor is working on. Using a medical vacuum or syringe, the fat is sucked out. Don’t be discouraged if the change isn’t noticeable, as you need to wait for the swelling to go down.
Am I Ready for Liposuction: Who is Ideal?
If exercise and a healthy diet is a regular part of your routine, liposuction may be an option if you are struggling to lose the extra fat in an area of your body. Obese clients are not typically the best candidates for liposuction. If you are trying to smooth over the dimpled skin on your hips, thighs or buttocks, do not use this procedure as a solution. Smokers are not advised to undergo liposuction either, as well as those who have a condition that may hinder the healing process.
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