Many people have areas of excess fat that they just can’t get rid of no matter how much diet, exercise, or weight loss is done. In women, areas on the abdomen or the “muffin top” around the hips can be very stubborn. In men, a six-pack abdomen may not be attainable no matter the efforts. If this sounds familiar, you may be a good candidate for liposuction.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, or “lipo”, is a cosmetic surgery that uses small tubes to remove fat from specific areas of the body. The technique is used to sculpt these areas in order to improve their shape. It is also known as liposculpture.
Areas Treated with Liposuction
Many areas of the body are amenable to liposuction, these include the:
Candidates for Liposculpture
The ideal candidate for liposculpture is one who is in good overall health and has realistic expectations of the procedure.
Although liposuction does remove inches in many cases, it is actually not a surgery for weight loss. The best candidates for liposuction are those who are not overweight but have areas on their bodies that are not responsive to diet and exercise. The best long-term results are maintained when you combine liposuction with a sustained healthy lifestyle.
“I give Dr. Orna Fisher a rating of six out of five stars! She’s double board certified in plastic surgery, and a true artist when it comes to achieving excellent surgical results. Five months ago, after several years of contemplation and due diligence, I underwent a LipoAbdominoplasty to repair loose, dimply skin from a botched liposuction procedure done years earlier. I felt confident in Dr. Fisher’s expertise as she was highly recommended by several physicians in Silicon Valley.” – Renae M.
Dr. Fisher performs liposuction procedures at an accredited outpatient surgery center. Liposuction is done under anesthesia administered by an experienced anesthesiologist throughout the procedure. It is a minimally invasive procedure in which Dr. Fisher moves around a small thin tube (cannula) to remove localized areas of body fat. Tiny incisions are made to insert the cannula. It is moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is then suctioned out of the body.
Areas treated with liposuction will look slimmer, more contoured, and in better proportion with the rest of the body.
Recovery After Liposculpture
After having liposuction, a compression garment must be worn for several weeks. You will have bruising and swelling for several weeks. Patients can return to work and other activities as soon as they feel comfortable, typically after a few days. Strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for a few weeks. The final outcome of the surgery is usually seen after a few months.
Limitations & Risks of Liposuction
Liposuction is not for massive weight loss. There are safety limits to how much fat can be removed at one time without endangering your life. Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite and can, in fact, make the appearance worse if is your skin quality is poor meaning, loose, inelastic, or with stretch marks.
Liposuction is not a casual procedure that can be done by anybody. As with any surgical procedure, there are possible risks and complications including bleeding, scarring, infection, and damage to deeper body parts. With liposuction, there is also the potential for contour irregularity, damage to nerves, and asymmetry.
Liposuction Before & After
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