Liposuction is a surgery a lot of people talk about, but few people know the full details about the procedure. The goal of the surgery is to remove unwanted fat from the body to help improve a person’s shape. Once the extra, unwanted fat is gone, many people also notice a boost in their self-confidence. If you’ve been thinking about liposuction, whether to remove fat from your tummy, thighs or another area of the body, it helps to understand exactly what the surgery can and can’t do, and who the surgery is designed for.
Liposuction Isn’t For Weight Loss
One common misconception about liposuction is that it’s a surgery that helps people lose weight. While you might notice that you’re a few pounds lighter after the surgery, the goal really isn’t to help you lose 10, 20 or even more pounds. Instead, the goal is to help improve the contour of your body when you’re at a healthy weight.
Usually, liposuction is one of the last steps a person takes on a weight loss journey. They might begin that journey with gastric bypass or another type of weight loss surgery or manage to lose the weight on their own through diet and exercise. Since some fat is particularly stubborn and will hang around even after a person’s at or near their goal weight, liposuction can be what’s needed to get rid of it.
There are Different Types of Liposuction
Over the years, fat removal surgery has advanced with the times and with new developments in technology. For that reason, there are a variety of different methods used during liposuction. In the old days, a common method was dry liposuction.
During a dry procedure, the surgeon wouldn’t inject the fat with a saline solution that also contains an anesthetic. Dry surgeries often required blood transfusions and weren’t able to remove as much fat as newer techniques. In contrast to a dry surgery, a wet procedure involves an injection of saline and anesthetic into the fat before it is suctioned out.
At his practice in Houston, Dr. Vitenas performs a “super wet” technique. During the super wet technique, the surgeon injects a considerable amount of saline and anesthesia solution into the fat. The technique allows a surgeon to remove considerably more fat during one procedure and minimizes the risk of bleeding and eliminates the need for blood transfusions. Plus, with the super wet technique, patients are less likely to have bruising and other side effects as they heal.
Liposuction Incisions Are Very Small
Liposuction is a type of surgery and general anesthesia is typically used during it. But, the good news is that it’s typically a semi-invasive surgery. That means that the incisions a surgeon makes during it are very, very small, usually about a half-inch.
The small size of the incisions means that they heal well and tend not to leave noticeable scars. Typically, a surgeon positions the incisions in out-of-the-way or barely visible areas so that they are out of sight, too.
Liposuction is Popular With Men
People often assume that it’s only women who choose to have liposuction. After all, women are typically portrayed as being more concerned about their weight or figure. But the truth is that liposuction is also a popular procedure among male patients. In fact, it’s the most popular plastic surgery procedure for men.
Male patients might want liposuction to help reduce the size of a beer belly, to trim their hips or thighs, or to get rid of a double chin.
The Fat is Gone Right Away, But It Takes Some Time to See Results
When you have lipo, the fat is gone immediately. The surgery takes the fat right of your body and it’s not going to come back, unless you choose to have fat transfer, which involves injecting the fat into another area of your body, such as the buttocks or cheeks.
While the fat goes away right away, it does take some time for your body to bounce back after liposuction. To help your results, your surgeon will ask you to wear a special compression garment for a few weeks or so after surgery. The garment will help shape the treated area, smoothing away any bumps and minimizing swelling.
Even with the garment, it can still be a few months before you look in the mirror and see your final results. Once you do see your results, it’s up to you to maintain them.
The fat might be gone, but remaining fat cells can get bigger with time if you don’t stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine.
To learn more about liposuction, contact Dr. Paul Vitenas, a board certified plastic surgeon based in Houston, Texas, today. Dr. Vitenas is regularly voted as a top doctor in the Houston region and has more than 30 years of experience performing liposuction and other plastic surgeries. If you’re considering lipo or want to learn more about other body surgeries that can help improve your shape, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation today.