plastic surgeon drawing lines on patients stomach before liposuction surgery

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed today for both men and women. People turn to liposuction to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat on the body that they are unable to get rid of even with a strict dedication to diet and exercise. Women who have recently delivered a baby and are struggling to get their body back to its pre-pregnancy shape can find the help they need with liposuction as well. The most common areas of the body to undergo this procedure include the abdomen, hips, outer thighs, and waist.

The benefit of liposuction is that it precisely targets areas of the body where fat loss has been the most challenging. It can be exceptionally frustrating to devote a lot of time and energy into being healthy and fit only to continue to see accumulated fat. Those who are considering liposuction should schedule a plastic surgery consultation at Wright Surgical Arts to determine if they are a good candidate for it. It is important to disclose all past and present health conditions as well as medications taken during this appointment. Because certain medical conditions make it riskier to undergo the procedure, our plastic surgeon must clear you for surgery first.

A good candidate for liposuction is someone who has realistic expectations about the procedure and is generally in good health. Preferably, patients should be within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight before undergoing liposuction. It is important not to depend on liposuction as a weight loss tool.

The Liposuction Procedure

We perform liposuction procedures on an outpatient basis, which means that the patient can go home immediately afterward. Patients will need to arrange to have someone drive them home from the outpatient surgery center because they will feel groggy and sore after liposuction.

At the start of the procedure, anesthesia is provided to the patient to help him or her relax and to block sensations of pain. After making an incision, the next step is for our doctor to insert a small tube called a cannula that suctions out the fat. Since the procedure also removes liquid from the body, you will also be hooked up to an intravenous line to restore fluids during the procedure.

What to Expect After Liposuction

The patient will receive precise instructions on recovery from liposuction before leaving the surgery center. This includes wearing tight compression garments on the area of the body that we treated with liposuction. It is important to wear these for the recommended duration to avoid the possibility of an infection or other complications. Following minimal activity restrictions is essential as well. Recovery doesn’t usually take longer than two weeks.

Liposuction does not help people lose weight nor does it eliminate cellulite or stretch marks from the skin. In most cases, it removes less than 10 pounds of body weight. As long as people understand that the primary purpose of liposuction is for body contouring, most are happy with the results.

According to the website Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Statistics, liposuction was the top surgical procedure performed in 2015. In that year, just over 396,000 people had at least one area of their body contoured with liposuction. Since liposuction removes fat cells permanently, fat won’t re-accumulate in the treated areas if the patient gains weight. However, this procedure doesn’t prevent people from gaining weight in the future. In order to keep the body contour provided by liposuction, it is important to commit to a healthy diet and a regular exercise plan indefinitely.

Wright Surgical Arts is happy to answer any questions you have about this procedure. Just let us know how we can help.