Fat. While it is not a four-letter word, it might as well be. Although it is true that some fat can be good for you, in many cases, the extra inch or two you carry on your thighs, tummy, or hips is probably not what you want. To make matters worse, that fat is usually the type to stick around, even if you are hardcore when it comes to your exercise and eating habits.
This is where liposuction can come in. Also referred to as lipo, this outpatient procedure removes that stubborn, extra fat from target areas of the body. Although liposuction isn’t a new technique, there is still a fair amount of misinformation in circulation. If you are looking for a way to get rid of that last inch or so of fat, forever, then it really helps to know what liposuction can and can’t do.
Not True: You need to be very overweight to benefit from liposuction.
Actually, the truth is that liposuction isn’t the best option for people who are obese or who could be categorized as very overweight. The surgery isn’t designed to be a weight loss tool. Instead, it is meant to help patients get the shape they want, after they have lost a fair amount of weight, or even if they have long been at their goal weight, but still have a few bulges of fat here and there.
Liposuction is not recommended for patients who are considerably overweight, for a few important reasons. One is that the procedure should not be done to remove a significant amount of fat. The more fat that is removed during lipo, the higher the risk that you’ll have some irregularities, such as rippling on the surface of the skin or bumps or lumps in certain areas.
Another reason why liposuction isn’t a good choice for the very overweight is that the surgery just doesn’t remove that much in terms of weight. There are also a few other considerations to think about, such as how elastic the skin is, that rule out the obese. The more stretched out a person’s skin is, the less likely it is to bounce back after liposuction, creating an undesirable result.
Not True: Liposuction will get rid of cellulite.
Cellulite is caused by fat – and liposuction gets rid of fat – thus liposuction must get rid of cellulite, right? Unfortunately, the correct answer is no. The fat responsible for cellulite is actually a different type of fat than the stuff that is removed during liposuction.
In fact, if you have cellulite and get liposuction, it’s possible that the liposuction can make your cellulite more visible. Removing the deeper layer of fat from an area can make the skin more likely to ripple or dimple, meaning the lumps and bumps of cellulite become more visible.
Not True: Liposuction needs to be performed on its own.
When you go in for liposuction, you can only receive liposuction, right? Not so fast. Like many other types of plastic surgery, liposuction can be combined with complimentary procedures designed to give you the results you really want. For example, if you are particularly concerned about the shape and size of your abdominal area, and have a bit of extra fat there, as well as loose skin after pregnancy or weight loss, liposuction combined with a tummy tuck can give you the thinner, more toned looking stomach are you were after.
In some cases, it just makes sense to combine surgeries. Having two or procedures performed at the same time will help you get the look you are after faster. It will also reduce the overall cost of the procedures and cut back on your recovery time. Instead of recovering on two separate occasions, you can heal all at once. Having multiple, simultaneous procedures can add a few days to your overall recovery time, but it will still mean fewer days away from work and less time spent in the operating room.
Not True: There is almost no recovery time with liposuction.
One final, and common, myth about liposuction is that the surgery has almost no downtime. People who say this might be confusing surgical liposuction with minimally invasive treatments such as CoolSculpting, which also remove fat, but without the need for surgery.
In truth, the initial recovery after liposuction takes about a week. You’ll most likely need to wear a special compression garment during that time, as well. While you can go back to work after that first week, you will want to avoid a number of other activities, such as working out, for at least another month after your surgery.
Are you tired of the bit of extra fat that is hanging around your tummy or thighs? Liposuction might be for you. To learn more about the surgery, and see if it is the right pick for your needs, contact Dr. Paul Vitenas, Houston’s number one, Board Certified plastic surgeon. Call 281-484-0088 to schedule an in-person consultation, today.