While many people think of liposuction as a shortcut to weight loss, the procedure is actually nothing of the time. In fact, people who are overweight are typically not good candidates for the procedure. With that said, you might be wondering who in the world would be a good candidate for a surgery that removes excess fat from the body. The answer is: people who are at or near their goal weight but have stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. This phenomenon is more common than you might think, especially for people who have reached middle age. So why is weight stability so important for liposuction patients?
How Liposuction Works
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that permanently removes fat cells. There have been many changes to the process over the years, but the goals and basic principles are still the same. The surgery is much more about body contouring than weight loss. “Problem areas,” of stubborn fat, often the hips, thighs, and stomach are treated by making small incisions through which fat is suctioned out and the area is contoured. Nearly any area of the body can be treated with some type of liposuction.
How Much Fat?
Because liposuction is much more about sculpting the body than about weight loss, many people are surprised by how much fat is actually removed. Patients should remember, however, that it’s much more about the overall results than the amount of fat that is taken out during the procedure.
Types of Liposuction
Liposuction technology has come a long way in the last few decades, and modern liposuction is much safer and more effective than ever before. Today, there are two major types of liposuction that are regularly performed:
The more traditional liposuction technique, this surgery uses injections of tumescent fluid to help protect the tissue throughout the procedure, reducing pain and bleeding. Sometimes, ultrasonic energy is used to break up the fat cells so they can be removed safely.
SmartLipo Laser Liposuction
One of the newest types of liposuction, SmartLipo is quickly gaining popularity for its gentle, effective, and versatile qualities. Tiny incisions are made in the area to be treated, and a small tube containing a laser fiber is used to gently melt unwanted fat so it can be suctioned out through the incisions. The heat from the laser also helps to tighten the skin. SmartLipo requires only a few days of downtime, and can be used on many areas of the body, including sensitive areas, such as the face.
Remember—Weight Gain is Still Possible
Fat cells never grow back, which does make liposuction a permanent procedure. However, maintenance is necessary to retain the great results from surgery. Patients must pledge to maintain a healthy diet and a regular exercise plan to avoid weight gain that could ruin the results of the surgery. Weight gain occurs when fat cells expand, so while the removal of some fat cells may prevent gain in the treated areas, any remaining fat cells can still expand.
Using the Surgery as Motivation—Before AND After
For many people, liposuction can be used as motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle before and after the procedure. Before the procedure, it can be used as motivation to establish good habits and improve candidacy for the procedure, while after surgery, liposuction can serve as motivation very differently—to help preserve the results of the procedure.
Ready to Take the Next Step? Choose an Expert Surgeon
When it comes to plastic surgery, you want to choose the best of the best in talented surgeons. A reputable provider will give you an honest assessment of your candidacy and provide you with recommendations for procedures or recommendations for preparing for liposuction.
At Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, our team focuses on individual patient needs and works to create custom, natural-looking results. Our team of expert, board certified plastic surgeons have decades of experience in helping patients reach their goals, and are standing by in Dearborn and Birmingham, MI to help you plan your procedure. Call (866-487-3223) today to schedule your free consultation.