Do you have parts of your body with excess fat deposits that just don’t respond to diet or exercise? If so, you most definitely aren’t alone. Excess fat is something that the vast majority of people suffer from. However, when you have lost weight and/or worked particularly hard to tone up, it can be incredibly frustrating to be left with areas of stubborn fat that won't shift despite the time and effort you have put into your diet and exercise regime. Sometimes, this frustration can turn into a serious dislike of a specific aspect of your appearance which can cause you to feel self-conscious and negatively impact your confidence.
Fortunately, if you fall within the ideals for candidacy, there is a cosmetic procedure that can help with this issue called liposuction.
Liposuction is the name given to a popular form of cosmetic surgery that focuses on removing stubborn pockets of fat from specific, pre-determined areas of your body. Typically, liposuction is performed on just one key area at a time, with most patients choosing the one part of their body that they feel most self-conscious about. Common areas of the body on which to have liposuction performed include the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, flanks and upper arms.
Individuals looking to see if liposuction is right for them should fall within the following parameters:
Adults with firm, elastic skin, and good muscle tone who are within 30% of their ideal body weight
Healthy individuals without life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions
Those with a positive outlook and a full understanding and compliance of the expectations that come with maintenance
Liposuction is performed using either an intravenous sedation or under general anesthetic. These are used to ensure your comfort and safety for the duration of the procedure. Which of these options will be best for you will be determined by your doctor.
The procedure itself is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions in two parts. First, a sterile liquid solution is injected into the fat cells in the area of your body that is being targeted by liposuction in order to reduce bleeding and trauma. This solution helps to break up the fat cells which will make it much easier for them to pass out of your body during the main part of the liposuction process. This second part of the procedure involves a long, thin tube with a hole in the center, called a cannula, being inserted into the target area. The cannula is attached to a small vacuum that is used to extract the broken-down fat cells. The cannula is moved back and forth to loosen the fat further and once the fat cells are removed, they are sent through a tube into a container where they will later be discarded.
Liposuction can normally be performed in under three hours depending on the area being targeted. However, an overnight stay is usually recommended so that our surgical team can be satisfied that you have made the appropriate recovery from the general anesthetic and ensure that there are no complications from either the anesthetic or the surgery itself. You will also be given specific instructions to follow during your recovery which should be followed precisely.
It may take a few weeks for the swelling to subside and for you to see the full effect of your liposuction procedure. However, once you have fully healed, you should find that the target area is much flatter, smoother and more toned than before which will help to improve your confidence in your appearance and give you the body that you have worked so hard to achieve. It is important to know that since weight gain can alter an otherwise permanent result, it is recommended that you continue following a healthy diet and fitness routine in order to maintain the loss of excess fatty tissue.
If you are considering liposuction and would like more information about this procedure, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to see if you would be a suitable candidate, please get in touch with our offices in Bethesda, MD where our discreet and experienced team would be delighted to assist you.