Plastic surgery is on the increase. Surgeons perform more than 17 million cosmetic procedures every year. One of the top choices among patients is liposuction. Around 250,000 people have liposuction in the United States every year, and the number is rising. Lipo is most associated with the stomach or thighs. However, these days, back liposuction is becoming more popular. With this in mind, here are nine things you need to know before arranging your procedure.

  1. What is Back Liposuction?

Lipo of the back is a procedure that breaks down fat, then, removes the cells via suction. This is an excellent way to treat stubborn areas of fat you cannot reduce by diet and exercise alone. Since the back area sees a lot of fat pockets, lipo is a great choice. It isn’t a form of weight loss. Rather, it’s a way to permanently eradicate fat and create a more contoured outline. 

  1. Where on The Back Can I Have Lipo?

Liposuction is possible on several areas of the back. The lower back and areas around the waist are common choices. However, some patients need the middle back around the bra line or the upper back (or bra bulge) treated. Some patients opt to have the entire area treated for a smooth and slim appearance.

  1. Who Is A Good Candidate?

Not everybody should have liposuction. Good candidates have a good overall level of health and are near or at their ideal body weight. They also must be nonsmokers or prepared to quit for a period around the surgery. Ideal candidates have pockets of stubborn fat between the skin and muscle. They should also have skin with good elasticity. If the skin has cellulite or looseness, you could have uneven or dimpled results. 

  1. How Much Fat Does Lipo Remove?

Many people think lipo is a form of weight loss treatment. This is not true. It is, instead, a procedure for reducing fat. There’s no single figure of the volume of fat that a surgeon may remove. This depends on the patient, her aesthetic goals, the size of the treated area, and the surgeon’s skill. 

  1. What Is the Best Way to Prepare for Back Lipo?

Your surgeon will give you clear instructions about how to prepare for your procedure. Usually, however, you’ll need to stop using medications, such as blood thinners and aspirin. You will also need to stop smoking for at least four weeks before the procedure. You should arrange for someone to bring you to your appointment and take you home afterward. If possible, you should also arrange for someone to help you for a couple of days after the surgery. 

  1. How Does Back Liposuction Work? How Does the Surgeon Carry It Out?

Back lipo is a procedure that involves making some small incisions in your skin. A surgeon will insert a cannula (or tube) into them. This cannula is part of a device that sucks out the fat. You will have the surgery while under a local anesthetic. At Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery, we use a technique called active liposuction. This means we will ask you to move and flex your muscles during the procedure. As a result, we can achieve a much more complete and sculpted result.

  1. What Will My Recovery Be Like?

Usually, you’ll be able to go back to normal activities after a few days. You’ll also be able to return to a normal level of physical activity within two to four weeks. You will need to follow the advice of your surgeon, however. If you want a good and short recovery period, you’ll need to listen to your surgeon’s recommendations. You will experience some discomfort. However, if you stay hydrated, avoid smoking, and rest, you’ll heal more quickly. There’ll be some tenderness, bruising, and swelling in the affected area. This will subside after a few days. Your surgeon will also give you compression garments to wear. You must follow your surgeon’s advice about how long to wear them. You should also avoid strenuous exercise until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead to return to the gym.

  1. Will There Be Any Scars?

The cannula used during this procedure is very small. This means there is only a need for a small incision. As a result, your scars will be very small. Of course, the quality of your skin will affect the extent of your scarring. A good surgeon, however, will be able to minimize any scars by choosing the best possible site for the incisions.

  1. What Results Can I Expect?

It’s important to have realistic expectations of the result that you can achieve from your back liposuction. A skilled surgeon will be able to give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Remember, however, that it’ll take a few weeks or months for all the swelling to go down. You may, therefore, not see the results for some time. When you choose a highly experienced and skilled surgeon, you can expect to see a much smoother silhouette.