While there might be a few changes each year in terms of the most popular cosmetic surgery, liposuction has held a steady level of popularity with the public. What are the factors that make liposuction so popular on a yearly basis?
Liposuction vs Other Cosmetic Procedures
A facelift targets the face to eliminate the signs of natural aging and provide a more youthful appearance. Butt augmentation enhances the shape and size of the derriere to provide a patient with a curvier silhouette. However, liposuction is very versatile and can target various areas of the body. Liposuction can rid the body of unwanted fat pockets which are resistant to diet and exercise. Although liposuction is not a weight loss treatment, it can be used to contour the face, abdomen, thighs, buttock, arms, legs, back
and love handles of the body. Liposuction can be done on
multiple areas of the body at once and, since the incisions are so tiny, there are typically no scars.
Combining Procedures for an Optimal Outcome
Unlike some cosmetic surgeries, liposuction can be combined with other procedures to accentuate the outcome. Patients who are looking to have a thigh or body lift, tummy tuck, mommy makeover or butt augmentation can utilize the benefits of liposuction to achieve their overall goals.
In fact, the Brazilian butt lift is a cosmetic procedure which has been on the rise in recent years. A Brazilian butt lift uses liposuction to remove unwanted fat from areas of the body and then re-injects it into the buttocks to achieve a slimmer figure with a shapelier buttock. Essentially, the patient is benefitting from two cosmetic treatments for one price and one recovery period.
Liposuction Results Last
Many cosmetic surgeries have limited results so the results will naturally diminish over time. As people age, the skin will once again become lax (even after a facelift) and require further treatment to maintain the results. Implanted devices can last a lifetime but they also tend to deteriorate since the body sees them as a foreign device and tries to break them down. Therefore, implants may need to be replaced every ten years or so.
Liposuction does not carry the risk of further treatments since the fat cells, which were removed, can never come back. Therefore, liposuction can provide lifelong results provided the patient eats a healthy diet and exercises to maintain their weight. Otherwise, the existing fat cells can expand and cause further pockets of fat.
Minimal Downtime and Recovery
Although liposuction is a surgical procedure and considered fairly invasive, it is an FDA-approved means for removing fat. Liposuction holds limited risks and minimal recovery and downtime. Since there are various liposuction techniques, patients can explore which treatment option works best for their concerns and lifestyle. Most patients can resume normal activities around 5-7 days post-op.