Liposuction is the most popular body sculpting procedure in the world and for good reason. It is one of the least invasive procedures when compared to other surgical body contouring alternatives.There are some variations of liposuction procedures although most of them use a similar method to remove excess fat from specific areas in the body. Most liposuction procedures utilize a tool called a cannula, a narrow hollow rod attached to a tube with a hole at the end of it, to suck out fat cells from those places in the body that contain stubborn pockets of fat. Even though liposuction may change the number on the scale, it is important to know that removing fat and losing weight are two separate things and there are different ways to achieve each of those goals. Liposuction is the best possible solution to get rid of those stubborn bulges that are preventing you from obtaining the shapely silhouette you desire even after you have lost weight through diet and exercise.
Liposuction’s popularity has lent itself to a particular notoriety so that most individuals know that it is a type of fat removal process. However, past that singular fact, many people either misunderstand or remain ignorant of the facts of what liposuction does and what it doesn’t do. Few cosmetic procedures are encircled by as many misconceptions as liposuction is. Luckily enough, we can provide clarity as to what liposuction does and does not do so you can be better prepared to decide if you wish to pursue the procedure for yourself.
What It Does Do
- Liposuction will shape your body’s silhouette to be more how you desire it to be by removing stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise alone. After the procedure, clothes will likely fit better and fall in a more flattering way. The procedure is likely to boost your confidence as getting rid of that one problem area which never seems to disappear, no matter how many mornings you spend at the gym.
- Liposuction results are permanent – fat cells in a particular area that are removed in a specifically treated area are gone forever. Other fat cells, however, that are not removed can grow over time if one continues to gain weight or fails to embrace proper nutrition / exercise habits.
- When compared to other body sculpting procedures, such as tummy tucks, liposuction has a relatively short operating / procedural time and has a quick recovery and post-op time since it is a significantly less invasive procedure.
What It Doesn’t Do
- The procedure does not affect the appearance of cellulite unless certain laser or skin tightening devices are used in conjunction. There are other cosmetic treatments that specifically reduce the appearance of cellulite which you can obtain after a liposuction procedure.
- Liposuction does not removal all fat. Even though fat cells are removed, there will be remnant fatty cells in a particular treatment area. Remaining fat cells can still increase in size as a result of weight gain through an unhealthy diet or sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, it is important to take care of your health after undergoing liposuction.
- Only subcutaneous fat is removed through liposuction. Visceral fat, which is the fat that lies within the abdominal wall, is never removed. Subcutaneous fat actually takes up 90% of your total body fat and is the fat that lies just beneath the skin. This is the fat that is seen in the thighs, love handles, and the bulges around your lower and upper abdomen.
- The procedure does not affect the skin’s laxity (the way in which the skin “snaps” back to fit your body’s shape) unless it is combined with a laser device (ie., laser-assisted liposuction). If your body has good elasticity, then your skin will adhere well to your new body shape after the procedure is performed. If not, there are other procedures that can tighten the excess skin present after liposuction.
- Liposuction is not meant to be a weight loss tool procedure. It is a body contouring procedure. Those who are the best candidates are those who are not particularly obese or overweight but who are otherwise healthy and close to normal Body Mass Index (within 30% of ideal).