Liposuction is an excellent way to re-contour or reshape problem areas.
Having a slim and toned appearance is important for many individuals, but for some, achieving the ideal figure is easier said than done. You may eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly, but it may not be enough to totally eliminate fatty deposits from various regions on your body.
When you’ve exhausted many of the options, it’s time to consider liposuction, performed by Dr. Andrews at PCI Plastic Surgery. Liposuction is one of the most sought-after procedures for patients who want to reduce stubborn body fat and create an appealing body contour. With a one-on-one consultation and a discussion of your cosmetic goals, you can decide whether liposuction is right for you.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction uses a narrow tube and suction device to remove excess fat from under the skin. Certain localized fatty deposits can be unresponsive to diet and exercise, which might be contributing to your frustration when you don’t achieve the results you want.
Liposuction targets fat specifically, permanently removing it from the body. As a result, your contour is improved and hopefully your self-esteem as well. Liposuction is often combined with other cosmetic procedures such as a breast augmentation, breast reduction, or tummy tuck.
Dr. Andrews uses liposuction to reduce fat in many areas, including:
- Lateral thighs- “saddlebags”
- Upper arms
- Waist- “love handles”
- Chin and neck
Liposuction treats each area individually and streamlines them to match the rest of your physique. With close attention to detail, Dr. Andrews eliminates areas of unwanted fat and produces the ideal body contour for you.
Are You a Candidate for Liposuction?
Although liposuction is an excellent option for reducing excess fat, it will not tighten the skin. Therefore, the procedure is generally more effective in patients who have tighter skin around the region being treated. Loose skin may not respond satisfactorily to liposuction and could require additional surgery to correct.
Liposuction is also ineffective in treating cellulite, and is not a replacement for a healthy diet and regular exercise. Those who benefit from liposuction are patients who are near their ideal weight, have adequate skin elasticity, and have a realistic vision for their results.
Your Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction begins with a personal consultation in Dr. Andrews’ office, where you can discuss your cosmetic concerns. Dr. Andrews will examine the quality of your skin and determine whether liposuction will meet your expectations. Afterward, Dr. Andrews will explain procedural details along with what you can anticipate once you have fully healed.
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia, and uses a hollow cannula and vacuum to suction fat out of your body. Dr. Andrews makes inconspicuous incisions around the treatment area, inserts the cannula and moves it back and forth in a controlled motion to dislodge the fat.
When your procedure is complete, Dr. Andrews will wrap the treatment area in a compression garment to help ease any swelling.
Recovering from Liposuction
Dr. Andrews will give you post-operative instructions once liposuction is complete, explaining how you should care for your small puncture incisions. Dr. Andrews will also prescribe oral medications to lessen any pain while you heal, and he will schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure you are recovering properly.
It may take a few weeks before the swelling subsides enough for you to see your results, but liposuction should remain permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. In time, you will experience the benefits of a toned body contour, which will improve your confidence and self-image.