Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures, having some of the greatest potential to improve the appearance of your body. But, like any elective surgery, it is important you do a bit of homework, and go into it with an understanding of what it is, what to expect and possible risks and complications. Here are some frequently asked questions about liposuction.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure where excess fat deposits found between your skin and muscle are removed. It helps improve the contour of the body. Fat cells that are removed do not grow back, meaning the results are essentially permanent. If you happen to gain weight after the procedure, your body will just be a bigger version of the shape achieved by the liposuction.
Is Liposuction a Weight Loss Tool?
No, liposuction is not a means to lose weight. It is meant to improve the contour of the body, and address problem zones, such as love handles or the paunch in your abdomen. With that being said, liposuction may be a good tool to jumpstart weight loss, as it appears the procedure primes the body to breakdown fat. It is just one small piece of the slimming down puzzle, with the primary means being the usual—diet, exercise, etc…
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated?
Liposuction can be used on a number of areas. You can get it on your abdomen, breasts, outer thighs, anterior thighs, hips, inner thighs, arms, buttocks, knees, cheeks and neck.
How Will My Skin Look After?
Scarring is not likely due to the smaller tubes used with modern liposuction. Provided your skin has good elasticity, it should appear smooth and normal after the operation. If you have any concerns about the appearance, you should talk to your doctor about other procedures that may be necessary to achieve the optimal result.
What are the Risks and Complications?
Overall, liposuction is a safe procedure with a low risk of complications. Most problems result when too much of the body is done in one session, or undergoing more than one cosmetic procedure on the same day. Other complications are similar to any surgical procedure, such as nerve damage, bleeding, infections and ulcerations. It is important to speak with your doctor about any concerns you may have, and be forthcoming about any medical conditions, medications, habits, and anything else that could affect the outcome of the procedure.
Will I Experience Pain or Discomfort?
You will likely experience a bit of pain and discomfort after liposuction—the two to four days after the procedure are often the most intense, with a gradual decline afterwards. You can expect some soreness and tenderness for up to a month afterwards, and this will subside gradually over the next one to two months.
As for during the procedure, there is no guarantee you will not feel anything while under local anesthesia, but there are no guarantees. You have the option to be put to sleep, but you often need to be in reclining or standing position for fat removal from certain areas for optimal results. And, going completely under increases the risks of complications, so it is recommended you stay conscious.