Introduction Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery in the world. Millions of people undergo surgery each year to contour their body, and liposuction is a body contouring procedure. It effectively reshapes the body by removing fat surplus pockets from localized areas of the body like the abdomen, sides, flanks, love handles, face, thighs, upper back, and lower back. However, this procedure is not a weight loss surgery. Localized fat deposits in the body can affect your overall body outline and make you look aesthetically unwelcoming. During liposuction, the plastic surgeon removes the excess fat from the target areas, which results in a better and shapelier body. Liposuction has a history of delivering effective results. If you want to get liposuction, be sure to choose only a board-certified plastic surgeon to do the operation. What is liposuction? Getting rid of the stubborn fat deposits from body areas like the abdomen, thighs, and flanks can be a daunting thing for many people, and the fat in these areas can be frustrating as well. Many people resort to diet and exercise to eliminate fat from the body; however, the fat in these areas is often stubborn, meaning it does not respond to diet and exercise. If you have already tried diet and exercise to get rid of the fat deposits in your body without success, you may consider getting liposuction instead. Fat pockets in the body affect your body aesthetics in negative ways. As such, many women undergo liposuction to contour these target areas. Liposuction has been used for many decades now to contour the body now, and it is safe and has a proven history of improving the bodies of millions of people. It effectively enhances your figure by specifically targeting and eliminating the isolated fat pockets in your body. You can even combine the surgery with other procedures to transform your appearance and rejuvenate your anatomy. Fortunately, compared to other plastic surgery procedures, liposuction is safer and involves smaller incisions. It is also less traumatic and takes a shorter time. After the procedure, your body will become shapelier, smooth, and aesthetically welcoming. Furthermore, your overall body outline and figure will improve, and you will experience a boost in your self-esteem. Are you a good candidate for liposuction? There are some requirements that patients have to meet to be a good candidate for liposuction. Before you undergo surgery, the plastic surgeon will determine your candidacy. You will be allowed to undergo liposuction only if you are a good candidate. Generally, the patient is required to be in good health and have a stable body weight. If your weight is still changing, you will be required to wait to undergo surgery until your weight is stable. If you are pregnant or suffering from serious health issues, you should avoid liposuction as you will be exposed to higher risks. You must share your complete health and medication information with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. Moreover, you must have realistic goals and expectations to be a good candidate. Liposuction also involves downtime, and you must be ready to take some days off work for recovery. If you are a smoker, you will be required to stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery and remain a non-smoker throughout the recovery period. Choosing a plastic surgeon If you are looking for a plastic surgeon to perform liposuction, keep in mind that not all plastic surgeons are made equal. Different surgeons come with different specialties, skills, experiences, and credentials. You must choose your plastic surgeon very carefully. Keep in mind that all licensed doctors in the US are legally allowed to do plastic surgery, including liposuction. What this means is that even general physicians have started to pose as plastic surgeons. It is not safe to have liposuction performed by such a doctor. To get your desired improvements safely and completely, be sure to select only a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience in liposuction. Make sure to ask the surgeon many questions during the consultation session. His response will indicate his experience and credentials. Also, ask the surgeon to show you before and after pictures of patients that he has treated for liposuction in the past. Furthermore, you should ask the surgeon about the steps of the surgery, the recovery, and the results. How is liposuction performed? It is important for the patient to be aware of how the surgery is performed. When you know the steps of the surgery, you can set your expectations accordingly and prepare. Liposuction involves different steps, and there are different types of liposuctions as well. The common liposuction types include the traditional or manual liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction, and ultrasound-assisted liposuction. The manual liposuction method starts with the creation of tiny incisions on the target areas. After making the incisions, the plastic surgeon will inject a tumescent solution in the area so that the fat can be easily dislodged and removed. In the next step, the plastic surgeon will insert a hollow tube called a cannula into the target area through the incision. He will then move the cannula back and forth to dislodge the fat from the surrounding tissues. Next, the surgeon will use a suction pump or a special syringe to remove the fat from the target area. Once the fat is removed, the surgeon will suture and close the incision. The same process is repeated on all target areas until the body is contoured into the desired shape. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction involve the same steps as the traditional methods, with the exception that these methods do not involve a manual movement of the cannula to release the fat cells. Instead, these methods use ultrasound rays and laser waves respectively to melt the fat within the target area before removing it with a suction pump or syringe. These modern methods are more popular because these involve fewer traumas, are more effective, and take a shorter time. Recovery Even though liposuction is a straightforward procedure, it involves incisions, and the patient has to have a recovery process. Recovery plays a leading role in defining the results and ensuring your safety. The patient is required to take enough rest during the recovery period and avoid doing strenuous activities. The patient can resume work a few days after the procedure; however, if your job involves physically strenuous tasks, you should take more time off work. It can take up to two weeks for the primary recovery period to complete. After the surgery, the target areas may swell and get bruised, and the incisions require time to heal. You must spend most of your time resting in bed. When sleeping, make sure not to apply any pressure to the liposuction sites. Complete recovery can take about four weeks. Risks of liposuction Since liposuction involves incisions on the body like all invasive procedures, there are risks associated with it. The patient must discuss the risks with the surgeon and make a risk/benefit analysis. You should resort to the procedure only when the risks are lower than the benefits. Compared to other plastic surgery procedures, the risks of liposuction are not severe. However, it is still important to know the risks. The risks of liposuction can differ from one patient to another, depending on the patient’s overall health. The general risks include bleeding, blood clotting, seroma and hematoma, unbalanced body, and poor scarring. Results Many people think that the complete results of liposuction will become apparent immediately after the procedure. But the reality is that even though some improvements may be apparent, complete results will take many weeks to transpire. After the surgery, the operated areas will be swollen. Furthermore, the incisions must heal for the results to become prominent. This can take several weeks to happen. But when the results eventually emerge, your body will appear contoured, shapelier, smooth, and beautiful. These improvements will also enhance your overall figure and make you look curvaceous. Also, you will feel an improvement in your self-esteem. You can ask the surgeon as to when the results will emerge and what you need to do for the results to transpire quickly. To retain the achieved results, the patient must maintain a stable weight. Conclusion Liposuction is the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure in the United States and around the world. This surgery has an impressive history of effectively contouring the body by removing stubborn fat deposits from localized parts of the body. However, bear in mind that liposuction is not a weight loss method, and the fat removed during this procedure is not enough to account for considerable weight loss. It is purely a body contouring procedure.