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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove fat cells from an area of the body permanently. Patients may have liposuction on many areas of the body. They include the stomach, legs, arms, and back. It is an effective body contouring procedure to help achieve a slim and smooth silhouette.

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What Does Liposuction Involve?

When you plan to have liposuction, you must first choose the right surgeon. Take the time to select one that is reputable and reliable. After making your decision to have plastic surgery, you can arrange a consultation. Your surgeon discusses your requirements and problems with you. They examine you first, and then give you expert advice. The surgeon will let you know if you’re a good candidate for the procedure you want. They may recommend another procedure as a better choice for you. They’ll tell you what outcome to expect from your chosen procedure. If appropriate, they’ll then arrange your procedure appointment.

Your surgeon will give you clear advice to follow before your surgery. You need to adhere carefully to these. You must avoid vaping, smoking, and alcohol before surgery, as well as certain medications.

Before you have your procedure, you receive a local anesthetic. It numbs the area the surgeon is treating. You’ll remain awake during your surgery, but you’ll feel no discomfort. The surgeon makes a small incision and passes a thin tube through. They break up the excess fat before sucking it out. They sculpt the body part into a toned and attractive silhouette.

Following liposuction, your surgeon helps you to put on your compression garment. Wearing the compression garment in the proper manner is vital to ensure a good recovery. They will tell you how and when to wear it. You can then go home, but you must rest for a few days. You may receive medications to take for the pain.

Your surgeon will arrange your follow-up appointment, and you must attend. They will assess how well you’re progressing. You can also address any worries you have at that time.

Who Can Have Liposuction?

Liposuction is an effective way to remove stubborn pockets of fat. However, it isn’t suitable for everyone. You may be an excellent candidate to have liposuction if:

  • You are in good overall health.
  • You are either at an appropriate body weight for your height or close to it.
  • You have stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise.
  • You have realistic expectations of the surgery’s outcome.
  • You’re prepared to follow the advice your surgeon gives you before and after the procedure.

A consultation with an experienced and skilled cosmetic surgeon is the best way to determine if you’re a good candidate.

Is Liposuction an Obesity Treatment?

There is a popular misconception that liposuction is a weight-loss procedure. That isn’t true. Liposuction isn’t an obesity treatment. It is only for people at or near the right weight for their height. It cannot remove large volumes of fat from across the whole body. It is a contouring procedure for individual areas of the body. It is a procedure that creates a better shape and silhouette for areas that don’t respond to a healthy lifestyle.

Are the Results of Liposuction Permanent?

The liposuction results will be permanent so long as the patient maintains an active and healthy lifestyle afterward. Eating healthily and working out in the long term is key to success. If patients gain weight, the fat may return. It may not return in the same area as liposuction removes the fat cells permanently. The remaining fat cells can grow and expand, though. Also, the fat may return in other non-treated areas. That can lead to a disproportionate and unattractive appearance. The patient may require further surgery in the future to correct the problem and restore their result.

Does Liposuction Come With Risks?

All types of surgery come with risk. Luckily, liposuction’s risks are minimal as long as you choose a skilled and experienced surgeon.

Some side-effects that are common in liposuction, including:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Small scars at the incision sites
  • Inflammation
  • Leakage of fluid from the incisions

These are usually short-lived side effects, which will rapidly subside, although the swelling can last for several months. They are very typical after liposuction and shouldn’t cause permanent problems.

In rare cases, there are some risks of more serious side effects such as:

  • Uneven or lumpy results
  • Bleeding underneath the skin
  • Changes to the skin coloration in the area treated
  • Persistent numbness
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Allergic reactions to anesthetics

Fortunately, such side effects are rare. If you select the right surgeon, the chances of experiencing any of these are minimal.

You can find a skilled and experienced surgeon at ArtLipo. Dr. Su is leading the way as a pioneer of cutting-edge liposuction treatments in Tampa, Florida. Get in touch today. You can arrange a consultation and find out if you’re a good candidate for your chosen procedure.

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