Liposuction, commonly referred to as "lipo", is a surgical procedure to remove the excess fat that you just can't seem to get rid of with diet or exercise. It's the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States. It's also among the safest. That doesn't mean you should jump into lipo blindly, however.
Here are 5 things that you should know about lipo:
1. Lipo Can Be Performed On A Number Of Areas
Lipo is not just for obtrusive belly fat, you can perform it on a number of areas and see good results. Some of the most common areas for lipo are:
In fact, many patients choose to have multiple areas treated at once.
2. Lipo Is Not a Weight-Loss Procedure
Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. If your goal is to lose weight then your best bet is a healthy, wellness-focused lifestyle. Lipo is for getting rid of the stubborn fat that is left over after weight loss. As such, ideal candidates for this procedure are healthy individuals who are already at or near their goal weight and plan on staying that way.
3. Lipo Is Often Combined With Other Procedures
Lipo is a safe and minimally invasive procedure. For these reasons, it's often combined with other procedures to get more dramatic results. Lipo can safely be combined with tummy tucks, thigh lifts, arm lifts, and many other body sculpting procedures. As always, it's recommended that you consult with a plastic surgeon to discuss your case and find out whether getting multiple procedures will help you achieve your goals.
4. Recovering From Lipo Is Mostly Painless
It may be a surgical procedure but you'll quickly recover from lipo and most of the side effects are painless. Most patients are able to return to their normal lives within a week after the procedure. Common side effects include mild bruising and swelling.
Although recovery is swift and painless, you'll still need to follow all of your doctor's post-surgical care instructions to achieve your best results. Failure to do so will increase the chance of complication and scarring.
5. There Are Many Methods Of Lipo
There are a few different types of liposuction, ranging from traditional surgical lipo to laser assisted and non-invasive methods. To find out which method works best for you, you'll need to consult with your plastic surgeon.
Liposuction is a very effective method of removing stubborn excess fat as long as you keep your expectations realistic. It's not a substitute for weight loss, but when combined with a healthy lifestyle results can lead to a noticeable improvement in your self-confidence and body image. For even more dramatic results it can be safely combined with other body contouring procedures, saving you time and money.
Are you considering liposuction? Your first step should be a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. At the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, we will discuss your unique situation and find the best method of lipo or body contouring for achieving your goals. Please, contact us at The Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today for more information or to schedule a consultation.