16th May 2016

shutterstock_353785022It is a well-known fact that diet and exercise have a strong effect on reducing adipose tissue and weight. Body weight can be significantly and uniformly reduced through exercising and dieting, but some fat deposits in certain areas of the body will remain untouched by these efforts. For these fat deposits that don’t respond to exercise and diet, we have the liposuction procedure, which has a permanent effect, even if the body tends to accumulate fat again.

Liposuction is a procedure that removes adipose cells from specific areas of the body like the chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, chest, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, and knees, among others. It uses various therapies like vibration, ultrasound, laser, radio frequency, and injecting substances that dissolve the fat. Types of liposuction vary depending on the method used: dry liposuction, wet liposuction, super-wet liposuction, or tumescent liposuction. While their purpose is the same, there are differences in the techniques used, the recovery period for the patient, and the end results of the procedure.

Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss. It removes unwanted fat in areas of the body where dieting and exercise don’t work. If you are already considering liposuction, this material should offer you a few ideas to better understand the procedure and how it can help you, how effective it is, and what results you should expect.

The best candidates for liposuction are people who have realistic expectations from this plastic surgery procedure. Patients who are at a normal weight and have good skin elasticity are the perfect candidates for the liposuction procedure.

Who needs liposuction?

Liposuction can work wonders for your self-esteem, but cannot completely change the way you look or sort out all your aesthetic issues. Before opting for this surgery, think realistically about your expectations and discuss them with your plastic surgeon.

As we have mentioned before, the best candidates for liposuction are people, both men and women, whose weight is relatively normal but who have fat deposits in certain areas of the body. The patients need to be in good health, with a good frame of mind, and realistic in their expectations for the surgery.

If you have firm, elastic skin, the resulting body contours will be better. Sagging skin won’t look perfect, and more interventions might be needed to remove the excess skin. Liposuction won’t leave visible marks in most cases.

Liposuction is not recommended if you have had recent surgeries of any type, poor blood circulation in the area targeted, or a cardiac or pulmonary condition. Liposuction in itself won’t improve cellulite; most plastic surgeons recommend other methods to address this aspect, most of which do not require surgery at all.

The meeting with your plastic surgeon should be a very open one where you express your wishes and expectations, and the doctor provides additional information about the techniques and methods that can be used, as well as alternatives to everything. In the case that the plastic surgeon decides you are a candidate for this procedure, more analysis will be done to make the surgery and the recovery as smooth and quick as possible.


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