As a person ages, there can be some stubborn fat, as well as excess fat, that gathers on certain areas of the body such as the thighs, chin, abdomen, hips, neck, buttocks and flanks. Diet and exercise are not always enough to get rid of stubborn fat so some patients turn to liposuction to target and remove isolated deposits of fat. In general, patients that are ideal candidates for liposuction include patients that are within 25 pounds of their ideal weight. In addition, good candidates for liposuction include patients with deposits of fat that have not responded to diet or exercise but they are in general good health. Ideal candidates for liposuction should be aware of the fact that liposuction is not intended to be used as a weight loss procedure. Liposuction will not eliminate stretch marks or cellulite from the skin. Instead, liposuction removes localized concentrations of fat while also providing a better contour to the body.
When it comes to performing liposuction, there are multiple liposuction techniques that can be performed by a surgeon:
Liposuction can also be performed at the same time as other surgical techniques so patients can enjoy even greater results when it comes to their appearance. Liposuction can be combined with various procedures such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, breast reduction, body lift, arm lift and fat grafting.
The final results that are provided by cosmetic liposuction are visible several months after the surgery. There will be some initial results that can be viewed right after the surgery but the final results will not be seen immediately thanks to swelling and bruising. In addition, the body takes several months to achieve its new, slender shape. In other words, the skin will have a loose appearance immediately after the procedure is performed.
The swelling and bruising that occurs after liposuction can last anywhere from one to three months. It takes about six months for the final results to be visible to the patient and to the public. Patients will want to maintain the final results so they should follow a healthy diet and also exercise on a regular basis. The targeted fat that is removed from the area treated by liposuction will not return after it is removed. However, fat can still be a problem for patients in the areas of the body that surround the portion of the body treated by the liposuction procedure.
Before making the final decision to undergo liposuction, patients should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified surgeon that is experienced in performing liposuction. The cosmetic surgeon can examine the patient and determine the best liposuction procedure to perform that will provide natural looking results that last a lifetime.