It can be frustrating if you eat right and exercise and still have stubborn fat you can’t get rid of. That’s where liposuction may be able to help you.
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses suction to remove fat from problem areas. This procedure also can contour these areas to make you look slimmer.
If you have been considering liposuction, it’s essential to have as much information as you can. Below is everything you need to know.
Why People Have Liposuction
Liposuction is done when someone eats a healthy diet and exercises but cannot burn off those last few pounds of fat in common stubborn areas:
- Chin and neck
Liposuction may also help men reduce the size of their breasts, which is known as gynecomastia.
People decide to have liposuction if they cannot lose fat in certain areas on their own. Genetics plays a role to a certain degree in how much fat we carry and where. You may run and bike a lot but still carry fat in your midsection.
If you are near your normal body weight and still have extra fat you cannot get rid of, liposuction can be the solution.
Good Candidates For Liposuction
Not everyone is a good candidate for liposuction. If you’re still overweight, your surgeon will probably recommend that you continue with a healthy diet and exercise lifestyle. Once you get closer to your goal weight, liposuction can help.
Keep in mind that liposuction isn’t intended to help you lose weight. The procedure will remove five or seven pounds of fat, at most. Its purpose is to mold and shape your body once you are at your goal weight.
The best candidates for liposuction include those who:
- Don’t have a lot of sagging skin in the treatment area
- Have elastic skin that will ‘bounce back’ after liposuction
- Have good muscle tone
- Have stubborn fat pockets that won’t disappear with diet and exercise
- Are in good shape and health
- Aren’t overweight
- Don’t use tobacco products, which can interfere with the healing process
People who shouldn’t consider liposuction are those who smoke, have serious health problems or are overweight.
You also shouldn’t have this procedure if you have a lot of sagging skin or take blood thinners.
If you have a lot of sagging skin in the abdomen, you may need to have a Beverly Hills tummy tuck as well as liposuction. Also, consider other treatments with your liposuction, such as Beverly Hills breast augmentation, Beverly Hills breast lift, or Beverly Hills Brazilian butt lift.
More Important Information About Liposuction
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the US, but many misconceptions exist about it. Here are some other things to know about liposuction
Liposuction Only Removes A Few Pounds Of Fat
Most patients only lose a few pounds of fat, so people who should consider liposuction are usually within 10 or 15 pounds of their goal weight.
Liposuction Can’t Treat Cellulite
Liposuction works best in patients who have extra fat just under the skin, called subcutaneous fat.
Cellulite is a condition where subcutaneous fat is spread through connective tissue under the skin, giving that typical dimpled and bumpy appearance. You will need to consider other cosmetic treatments to reduce the appearance of Cellulite.
Liposuction Works For Most Ages
There isn’t any age cut-off for having liposuction. Any patient in good health can have liposuction.
However, if you are older and have lax skin, it may not adhere to your new contours as well as you like. If the loose skin is in the belly, a tummy tuck can help. But lax skin may make you a poor candidate for the procedure.
Fat Won’t Return But You Can Still Gain Weight
Liposuction is permanent in that the fat you remove can’t come back. But there will still be some fat cells in the treatment area that can get larger if you gain weight.
You also can gain weight in areas that weren’t treated with liposuction. That’s why eating a healthy diet and exercise are essential for maintaining your results.
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Liposuction Won’t Help Visceral Fat
Note that liposuction only treats fat just under the skin that lies over the muscle. So if you have a ‘beer belly’ that protrudes over your belt, that is because of fat below the muscle and around the organs.
The only way to eliminate this visceral fat is with diet and exercise.
Liposuction Requires Downtime
Liposuction is safe and effective, but you’ll need a week or two to recover. Expect to take at least a week off work, and you shouldn’t engage in vigorous exercise for at least two weeks.
Liposuction is an effective cosmetic procedure for people who eat right and exercise but still want to shape and slim their bodies. If you’re near your ideal weight and have a healthy lifestyle, liposuction can help you meet your aesthetic goals.
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