You have likely heard of it before, and you may have an idea of how it works or whether it peaks your interest, but here is what you should know about this weight-loss option:
According to Dictionary.com, liposuction, by definition, is “a technique in cosmetic surgery for removing excess fat from under the skin by suction.”
During this procedure, a small incision is made and a small tube known as a “cannula” is inserted into the deep fat layer. As the doctor moves the cannula through the deep fat layer, fat cells are broken up. A vacuum or syringe are used to remove the excess fat cells. This is typically an outpatient procedure and patients can expect to go home the same day, but it is recommended to have someone accompany you to your appointment as you will need time to allow anesthesia to wear off fully, and you may experience some discomfort.
What makes an ideal candidate for this surgery? If you are:
– Considered to be in excellent health (excess weight aside)
– Within 25 lbs of your target weight
– Carrying extra fat that is not going away with a healthy diet and exercise
If these apply to you, you are well within the qualifications of being eligible. Having a consultation with your doctor is the best way to find out what is best for your body, however, these general guidelines tend to apply as preliminary screenings.
With any operation comes a recovery period, and while this will vary for everyone, you can typically expect an outpatient lipo procedure to have a quick recovery. This means that you may be able to return to work within a few days of your procedure and resume exercising and other physical activities within a couple of weeks. The amount of time will be dependent upon the size of the surgical area and the amount of fat being removed from each area. You can expect to have bruising and some tenderness at the procedure site while you heal.
Lipo can be performed on various areas of the body to fit your needs. The procedure can:
– Flatten the abdomen
– Reduce inner thighs
– Reduce fat deposits in breasts
– Remove fat from around knees and elbows
– Remove “love handles” from hips
Both men and women benefit from the results of this procedure. Often, these areas won’t reach their desired effect with proper diet and exercise alone, and lipo is a solution to reaching those desired results to make your hard work pay off.
You can view professional before-and-after photos on our Liposuction webpage.
It’s great to have questions at your consultation to make sure that you are comfortable with your personalized plan and feel confident in the procedure. Write down any questions you think of before arriving at your appointment to make sure that you remember to ask them all! Some questions that you may like to have answered are:
1. Am I a good candidate for this type of procedure?
2. What will my recovery period look like afterwards? How much time should I take off from work?
3. What changes should I expect to see in my body over time from this procedure?
4. Is there anything I can do after this procedure in order to achieve my best results?
Make the best use of this time by asking any questions about your personal procedure or the experience (feel free to ask to see the surgical room beforehand if you are having an outpatient visit and would feel more comfortable seeing the area first). This is the time for you to gather all of the information you need in order to make an informed decision, so don’t be shy about asking questions.
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Now that you know the facts, you are ready to schedule your free consultation!
Please note: As with any medical procedure, individual results will vary. Scheduling a consultation is the best way to find out what will work best for you. Contact information to set up your consultation can be found by clicking here.