Nowadays there are people who consider plastic surgery to be as easy as a walk in the park. One would think that if walking were a piece of cake, people would do it more often instead of resorting to plastic surgery. It doesn’t help that there are also plastic surgeons who make it a habit to talk about liposuction as a good substitute for physical exercise and proper diet. However, plastic surgery should not be treated as a fast method to lose weight. Moreover, liposuction can’t get rid of excess weight as it only treats localized adipose deposits. One of the most commonly asked questions about liposuction is: how often can I undergo liposuction? There are patients who want to know if they can undergo surgery every couple of months to improve minor imperfections of the body. The reality is that this is not possible, and no respectable surgeon will perform liposuction on a subscription basis. When is liposuction recommended? Liposuction is an aesthetic surgery procedure that involves the elimination of excess fat cells in certain areas of the body that are stubborn to diet and physical exercise. For women, the most frequent areas where liposuction is performed are the tummy, hips, thighs, and the face. With the help of liposuction, we can remove adipose layers that are visibly unpleasant or a burden to the patient. Moreover, liposuction can be a good choice for people who have lost a lot of weight and are now left with localized fat deposits. What results can be achieved with liposuction? Using liposuction, we can eliminate up to 6 liters of fat in one surgical session. This is done to modify the volume and contours of the targeted areas and not for weight loss purposes. Liposculpture or liposuction is also recommended when the patient desires a body contour remodeling, targeting certain areas with a limited excess of adipose tissue to harmonize the proportions with the rest of the body. Usually, this option is ideal for areas such as the hips, knees, and chin. The shape of the body can be significantly improved after liposuction, especially when it is performed in several areas of the body at the same time. The thighs can get thinner, the waist smaller, and the patient can enjoy a curvier shape and profile after the procedure. However, it is essential to keep in mind that not all fat can be eliminated from the body in one session. There is a capping to the amount of fat that can be removed in one setting and taking out more fat usually results in severe complications and possibly even death. We encourage patients to undergo liposuction to get an enhanced body profile with nicer curves and fewer imperfections, but we also never forget to remind them that sustaining the results of liposuction is just as important as the surgery itself. Of course, in the case of unsatisfactory results or if the patient has a larger quantity of fat that needs to be removed, the plastic surgeon will recommend another liposuction session. Keep in mind that a new liposuction session can be scheduled only after six months from the initial intervention. The body needs time to heal and it also takes a while for the inflammation, swelling and bruising to subside after the initial procedure is performed. Recovery It is recommended to take things slowly for about a month after undergoing liposuction and that there should be no sun exposure on the areas targeted for at least three to six months to avoid the discoloration of the scars. The purpose of liposuction is body remodeling, achieving an aesthetically pleasing balance but also an increase in self-esteem. However, liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure, so it also entails risks and potential complications such as infection, hematoma, seroma, and even excessive bleeding. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. This means that within a few hours from the procedure you are free to go home or to shop at the mall with your friends. Many patients find it very pleasing that the down time after liposuction doesn’t require bed rest or other inconveniences that might be associated with other, more complex plastic surgery procedures. However, this doesn’t mean that your body is fully functional and the intervention doesn’t leave any marks. Even if the scars are minimal and barely visible, your internal tissues have been subjected to trauma during the procedure. This is what creates the swelling and the bruising that can occur during the recovery process. Many patients that have liposuction for weight loss purposes are very disappointed to see that their weight loss is not visible on the scale. More than this, in some cases, they might even be a bit heavier immediately after the procedure because of all the swelling. This is completely natural and one of the details we never fail to mention to our patients. For the final results of liposuction to be visible, it takes at least one to three months. Scheduling a new intervention before giving your body time to heal and seeing the final results is a bad idea and patients should be advised to wait. With the growing importance of aesthetics in our day-to-day lives, liposuction has become more and more popular and plenty of people are undergoing liposuction every day around the world. This procedure can considerably improve the appearance of both male and female patients. However, before making the decision to undergo the procedure, the patient should look into the details of the intervention, as well as evaluate the risks and the expected results. The decision to undergo an aesthetic surgery should be taken only after getting all the necessary details about the recovery period and what is required to sustain the results of the intervention. A responsible plastic surgeon will advise you not to use liposuction as a license to eat all you want, when you want because this is certainly not the case. Liposuction will greatly improve the aspect of your body, but it can’t eliminate the visceral fat or make your muscles look more toned. This is something only you can do by working out to sustain the results. How is liposuction performed? Liposuction can be performed in multiple areas of the body. Small incisions of 3-4 mm are performed, and through them, a small tube called a cannula will be inserted. The cannula has the purpose of dislodging the fat and eliminating it. A suctioning machine is connected to the cannula to facilitate this. Usually, there is no need for general anesthesia for performing the liposuction procedure. Tumescent liposuction is very popular nowadays, and it greatly reduces the level of pain, swelling and bleeding during and after the procedure. If liposuction is performed on patients who are overweight or obese, the chances are that the patient will be left with a lot of sagging skin after the procedure. The skin that was stretched during weight gain will find it difficult, if not impossible, to retract to the new contours. There is also a risk for senior patients looking for a liposuction procedure that should be taken into consideration. The recommendation for people who are overweight is to first try to lose the excess weight by bariatric surgery, weight loss programs, diets, and physical exercises before resorting to plastic surgery to perfect the results of their hard work. Conclusion Many people think that liposuction is a magic wand that will resolve all their excess weight issues. It is important to be aware of the reality and understand that liposuction won’t help you get rid of the excess kilograms. This is why we don’t recommend undergoing repeated liposuction sessions, unless there is a strong medical consideration behind them. It is essential to have a balanced diet and take up physical exercises to sustain the results of your liposuction. Generally speaking, a new liposuction procedure can be performed after six months from the initial intervention if the same areas are targeted, but we only recommend this only if the results of the first intervention were not satisfactory or if there is a large amount of fat to be removed and it was impossible in one setting. We don’t recommend undergoing repeated liposuction sessions as a means to sustain the results. Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure after all, and it is associated with certain risks and complications.