Liposuction is a surgical procedure that restores a slimmer and more contoured appearance to a person’s physique. Also known as “lipoplasty,” this procedure eliminates excess fat deposits from the body that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Excess fat in the neck gives the appearance of a double-chin, which can make even a thin person appear much heavier. Unfortunately, these areas of fat accumulation are often impossible to get rid of with diet and exercise. Liposuction will restore a smoother profile to the neck and improve definition in the face and jaw line.
Accumulation of fat in the arms can cause the skin to stretch and hang and the arms to lose definition, making many feel-conscious about wearing clothing that exposes their arms. In some patients, liposuction can remove excess fat to thin out the arms and provide a slimmer, more toned appearance.
Abdomen and Waist
Excess fat deposits in the midsection can make the body appear less proportionate. Liposuction will slim the waistline, providing a better defined abdominal area so you can boost your confidence and get rid of that “muffin top” for good.
Back and Flanks
Many men have extra fat on their back and sides just above their belt line, and women commonly have excessive fat at their bra line. Liposuction can greatly reduce the amount of fat in your back and flanks and provide you with a slimmer appearance.
Liposuction – What to Expect
Before Your Liposuction
Before receiving liposuction, it is recommended that you do the following:
- Do not take any anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for at least two weeks
- Refrain from smoking or drinking for at least two weeks
- Refrain from drinking alcohol for at least one week
- Shower the morning of surgery, but do not apply any lotions or other moisturizers
- Arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure is finished
While Undergoing Liposuction
Liposuction is usually done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Using a specialized vacuum device, excess fat deposits are permanently removed through a thin hollow tube called a cannula.
After Shedding All of That Unwanted Fat
After your liposuction is complete, it is best to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and proper recovery:
- Get plenty of rest
- Wear compression garments to help reduce swelling
- Take prescribed medication
- Limit physical activity
- Schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon
Your surgeon will provide you with more detailed instructions on what you will need to follow after your liposuction is completed.
Your Transformation is Complete!
After a few weeks, the bruising will be gone and the contours of your body will be noticeably slimmer and more defined. The final result of your liposuction procedure may take a few months to fully reveal itself as the swelling fades. Your results are expected to be long lasting, and your new physical appearance will greatly improve your confidence and self-esteem.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Generally, if you are in good overall health without any pre-existing health conditions, you are a good candidate for liposuction. It is important that you have realistic expectations about the outcome of your results and do not view liposuction as a means to lose weight.
Will liposuction eliminate the appearance of cellulite?
Although liposuction removes excess fat and usually provides the skin with a smoother appearance, it is not a viable treatment for cellulite.
How long will the results of liposuction last?
The results of a liposuction procedure are intended to last many years, as long as you maintain a stable weight.
How much does liposuction cost?
The total cost of liposuction depends on the number of areas being treated and the amount of fat being removed.
Is liposuction covered by insurance?
Insurance providers do not typically cover the cost of liposuction.