Liposuction: the fastest way to a perfect body Introduction With age or due to an unbalanced lifestyle, we all develop fat deposits in different areas of the body sooner or later in life. New mothers can be confronted with being left with unwanted fat deposits on the abdominal wall after childbirth that are resistant to diets and exercises, and both men and women who have a less active lifestyle can suffer from fat accumulation. At the same time, due to the natural aging process and hormonal imbalances, some people tend to develop fat deposits despite having a balanced lifestyle with a healthy eating regimen and plenty of physical exercise. Getting rid of unwanted adipose tissue can be a real challenge, even for patients who perform physical exercises on a daily basis. This is why for patients with a normal body weight, the recommended method to get rid of stubborn adipose tissue is by means of liposuction. Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery procedure worldwide, performed with the aim of eliminating fat from localized areas of the body. In this article, we will discuss what liposuction is and what it can do to help you have the perfect body of your dreams. How is liposuction performed? To better understand how liposuction works, we need to have a look at the surgical plan. There are many types of liposuction that can be performed today. Among them are dry liposuction, wet liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction, and others. However, what experienced plastic surgeons prefer is tumescent liposuction. This method entails the injection of a certain amount of tumescent liquid in the areas to be treated during the procedure. The tumescent solution contains an anesthetic that will make the procedure less painful for the patient and also reduce the amount of swelling and bleeding that can occur during and after the operation. When tumescent liposuction is performed, the plastic surgeon will make small incisions in the areas to be treated with the procedure. Through the small incisions, a tiny tube called a cannula will be introduced. This cannula is actually a hollow steel tube that is used to make back and forth movements to dislodge and liquefy fat so it can be suctioned into a vacuum device connected to the cannula. While the procedure might seem simple and straightforward, it still requires a talented and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to avoid achieving unsatisfactory results such as skin imperfections and asymmetries. When performing liposuction, the plastic surgeon must focus on addressing all areas with attention and to extract the same amount of fat from the affected areas. For example, when performing liposuction on the arms, the surgeon has to make sure the same amount of fat is removed from both arms. Otherwise, an arm might look slimmer than the other. The same is valid for the abdominal area and the flanks. After the areas are treated with liposuction and the plastic surgeon is satisfied with the results, the small incisions will be sutured and compressive bandages or a girdle are applied to the areas treated. During a single liposuction session, the plastic surgeon will not extract more than six or seven liters of fat. Liposuction and weight loss Six to seven liters of fat that can be extracted in one session of liposuction won’t make much of a difference if you are overweight or obese. Moreover, patients who are overweight or obese tend to have a higher risk of developing complications during and after the procedure. Also, we need to mention that liposuction addresses just the fat layer that is subcutaneous. When a person is overweight, it usually means that there is a considerable amount of visceral fat in the abdominal cavity and around the organs, and not only under the skin. In other words, liposuction is not a weight loss method, and unsatisfactory results are to be achieved when trying to use it as such. Moreover, it is required for the patient to have a normal weight that has been stable for a minimum of six months before the procedure as otherwise the aesthetic results might be compromised. This means that if weight loss or gain occurs after a patient has undergone liposuction, chances are the results will be altered and saggy skin or asymmetries can occur on the areas treated with the procedure. Undergoing liposuction entails minimal risks in terms of the patient’s health; however, sustaining the results will be the more difficult part. It is true that if weight gain occurs, the areas treated with liposuction won’t be the first to gain weight as the plastic surgeon has already removed a considerable amount of fat cells in the area. But the fat cells left behind will increase their volumes, such as the rest of the fat cells in the body. This means that the patient might end up with shape abnormalities after weight gain that will alter the beautiful shape achieved with the surgery. Liposuction and body remodeling Despite the fact that liposuction is not a weight loss method, there will be many patients who had liposuction to talk about dropping a size or two in clothes. This is normal and can occur after this procedure. The aim of liposuction is body remodeling. Liposuction will eliminate unwanted fat deposits and in the process refine the shape of the body or the feature of the body that is treated. When abdominal liposuction is performed, this means that the patient will enjoy a more curvaceous shape with a better-defined waist. Liposuction is also used to reduce the dimensions of the waist. However, when resorting to liposuction to make your waist smaller, make sure you know all the details before scheduling your procedure. It is important for the plastic surgeon to explain to you in detail what results can be achieved, which are dependent on the thickness of the adipose layer and also the patient’s anatomical characteristics. Some patients have a naturally wide waist, not because there is plenty of adipose tissue, but because this is their body conformation. With liposuction we can only target and remove the excess of adipose tissue. If your waist is wide because the abdominal cavity has certain dimensions and you have little subcutaneous fat in the area, the procedure won’t deliver the expected results. Liposuction should only be performed by a talented, experienced, and board-certified plastic surgeon and you should make sure to ask for before and after pictures of past patients who had the same procedure. Moreover, it is frequent nowadays to use the fat extracted for transfer to other areas of the body. You can use the fat collected during liposuction to transfer it to the breasts, buttocks, hips, or other areas of the body that could be improved with a little more volume. Keep in mind that for a fat grafting procedure to be successful, it requires a certain effort from the patient. The patient undergoing liposculpture is advised to avoid sitting or lying on the areas that were addressed with fat transfer for a minimum of three weeks. Smoking is also contraindicated when it comes to undergoing a lipofilling procedure. Conclusion Liposuction is a safe, fast, and efficient method to get rid of unwanted fat deposits from localized area of the body. The procedure can be performed on one or multiple areas of the body in one session, depending on the physical characteristics of the patient and his aesthetic goals. While liposuction can be indeed the fastest way to a perfect body, it is important for patients to understand that this is not a weight loss method, and shouldn’t be used as such. Liposuction is great for recontouring the body and getting a better definition, especially when the waist is concerned. The results that can be achieved with liposuction can be sustained for a long period of time, but only if the patient is dedicated to avoiding weight fluctuations that could alter the aesthetic results. Make sure to meet with your plastic surgeon as soon as possible to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure or not. Also, keep in mind that there is a maximum amount of six to seven liters of fat that can be safely removed during a liposuction session. For patients who are overweight, this means that they first need to lose weight and reach their normal weight and only after to address the leftover fat deposits with liposuction. A good skin tonus is essential for achieving good results with liposuction.