About Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical cosmetic procedure where fat deposits are removed from difficult areas where exercise does not improve the shape. The hips, abdomen, butt, thighs and face are all commonly treated.

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure and must be performed by a licensed surgeon. Depending on the level of surgery required, the procedure may allow you to go home soon after, though for more dynamic surgery you may be required to stay overnight. Local or general anesthesia may be used depending on the surgery. Once this is applied, the surgeon will make small cuts into the body and remove fat deposits with a suction device.

Full recovery time may take about two weeks, and your doctor may require that you wear a compressive garment to help aid in recovery.

Are There Side Effects?

Side effects include soreness, bruising, and swelling for a few weeks. Any weight gained after liposuction will not be in the areas treated, which might result in fat being deposited in places it was not previously. Liposuction is not a long-term weight loss solution, and a proper diet and exercise plan is important for keeping the results achieved from surgery.

Is Liposuction Right For Me?

For those with a slightly above average weight, elastic skin, and in good general health, positive results can most likely be expected after consulting with a doctor. Those who are obese or not particularly healthy overall may need more substantial treatment toward losing weight and preparing for surgery than someone in good health. While age is not a significant factor, younger people with tighter, more resilient skin, typically see better results.