414,335 people got liposuction in 2016. It is the most popular form of plastic surgery for both men and women.
That’s because it’s safe, effective, and accessible. Despite its popularity, there are many misconceptions about what liposuction is and the results you can expect.
If you are thinking about getting a liposuction procedure done, there are a few facts you need to know.
1. Types of Liposuction
There are plenty of options to choose from when you decide you want to get liposuction surgery. Here they are.
An aesthetic solution is injected into the targeted fat cells, this causes them to become swollen and firm. Once the solution is injected, the fat is sucked out through a tube.
Suction Assisted Liposuction
Narrow tubs with smooth ends are used to suck out fat in problem areas.
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction
Ultrasound technology breaks up the fatty tissue you want to remove.
Power Assisted Liposuction
This technique uses vibrations and lasers to heat up the fat or make it dense so suction is easier.
Speak with your plastic surgeon about which type of liposuction is best for you. The cost of a procedure varies for which type you choose.
2. Not a Weight Loss Solution
Sorry to tell you this, but contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not a solution to weight loss.
Liposuction is a type of plastic surgery meant to contour the body. While the surgery does remove fat, results are best when you are already at a stable weight.
If you are looking for a weight loss surgery, try a gastric sleeve. This surgery removes a part of your stomach so you eat less.
3. Expect Loose Skin
There are some forms of liposuction that help tighten the skin after surgery but you should expect some excess skin.
Ask your surgeon about how much excess skin you will have after surgery and what you can do to tighten it moving forward.
You will either need another surgery or a specific type of liposuction that will help reduce the amount of skin leftover.
4. Recovery Depends on You
You should expect to be in recovery for a month after your surgery.
Bruising, swelling, and soreness are expected. Your activity limit will be reduced as your body heals. Recovery will depend on the type of liposuction procedure you have done.
It is important to follow the exact directions your surgeon gives you. As long as you follow their recommended instructions, your recovery will go smoothly.
5. Results Are Permanent
You read that right, results are usually permanent.
Fat cells you have removed through liposuction will not regenerate. Any weight you gain after your surgery will be redistributed around your body. Take before and after liposuction photos to see for yourself.
Even distribution can be attained if you keep a stable and healthy body weight. Your results are in your hands.
Make an Educated Decision
As you decide to get liposuction or not, be sure to educate yourself about the various procedures and set up a consultation with a local surgeon. It comes down what you think is best for your health.
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