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Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, or body contouring, is a surgical procedure where fat is removed from the body through a technique that suctions it out from targeted and specific areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck and chin. The procedure is a popular way to remove difficult fat in parts of the body where dieting may not be successful.
Along with removing fat from stubborn areas of the body, liposuction can also help contour and shape specific areas where exercise and dieting are not making an impact. Liposuction can also help improve the patient’s appearance by creating a more natural figure and distribution of body fat. Certain liposuction procedures can also help create greater definition, including in the abdominal areas, where “six packs” can often be achieved. Such results, which vary by patient, can truly have a positive impact on the self-confidence and outlook of patients. At AV Cosmetic Surgery, we have witnessed many positive and happy patients who have enjoyed the many benefits of our liposuction procedures.
What Can I Expect From My Liposuction Procedure?
Dr. Alexander Villares, who has extensive training from The Mayo Clinic, will discuss with you the type of liposuction procedure best suited for your current body status and goals. Our skilled team will cover the various process and steps, and will share with you what you can expect both during your procedure and following as you go through recovery.
Generally, if you are in good health, have good skin elasticity and muscle tone, are not pregnant, and are a non-smoker you should be a good candidate for liposuction. Dr. Villares will discuss this during your initial consultation. It is also important that all patients have realistic expectations on the procedure and the weight loss and fat that can be removed.
What Else Should I Know About Liposuction?
Liposuction isn’t typically considered an overall weight-loss method or a weight-loss alternative. For those patients who are overweight, especially if you are considered obese, you are much more likely to lose weight through a proper diet and nutrition program coupled with exercise, or in extreme cases, through a bariatric procedure like gastric bypass surgery, than you would through liposuction. For more information about our Weight Loss Programs to help you prepare for liposuction, click here.
What Can I Expect Following My Liposuction Procedure?
All patients recover differently but generally, patients can expect to swell for a few weeks following surgery. Dr. Villares and his team will provide compression garments for you to wear to help control and minimize swelling while controlling pain. It is also important to know that once the fat is removed from an area within your body, it does not grow back. The fat cells that remain can get larger with weight gain following your surgery, but there will be fewer fat cells in that area.