No one wants to deal with carrying excess fat. Although taking steps to watch your figure like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can sometimes help, some fat simply will not go away no matter what you do. This is especially true as we age and stubborn, diet-resistant fat becomes harder and harder to lose naturally. Perhaps this is why liposuction has remained so popular for so long. According to statistics collected by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), liposuction was the second most commonly-performed cosmetic surgery in the US last year. Liposuction can be an extremely effective method for eliminating pockets of fat from areas all over the body and providing a trimmer, healthier-looking physique. To help shed more light on what liposuction can accomplish, I have answered a few common questions about the procedure.
Liposuction is not recommended for patients who wish to use the surgery as a way to lose a significant amount of weight. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not weight loss surgery. I recommend for my liposuction patients to reach their goal weight before their surgery.
Q: How is liposuction for the abdomen different than tummy tuck surgery?
Liposuction for the abdomen and tummy tuck surgery can both help flatten the abdominal area, but they do so in very different ways. Liposuction only removes fat from the affected area, whereas a tummy tuck works by removing stretched excess skin (as well as some fat and tissue) from the abdomen. A tummy tuck can also be used to tighten and repair separated abdominal muscles. Many patients choose to combine tummy tuck surgery with liposuction as part of a mommy makeover.
Q: What will my recovery be like following liposuction?
Every patient recovers differently, however recovery after liposuction can often be pretty straightforward. In many cases, people are able to return to jobs that are not physically-demanding within a week of their procedure. Patients whose work requires more strenuous physical exertion (like lifting) may need additional recovery time before returning to work. Some common side effects from liposuction include swelling, bruising, and soreness in the treated areas. However, these effects are temporary and should not last longer than two – three weeks. Wearing a compression garment can help reduce swelling. Many patients can begin light exercise two weeks following their liposuction.
If you haven’t had any luck trimming certain areas of your body with diet and exercise, liposuction can be an ideal solution. When performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, liposuction can be an outstanding way for patients to shed excess fat and achieve a more toned, aesthetically-pleasing body contour. If you are interested in liposuction and would like to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, contact the office of Allyson B. Maske. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional cosmetic surgery tips, news, and more.