A large component of body contouring comes in the form of diet and exercise. These are your primary means of controlling the shapes and forms of your body. However, diet and exercise are not always adequate. Sometimes, unfortunately, your body will not cooperate with you. That does not mean you are out of options, it simply means that you may turn to plastic surgery in order to get the results you’re after. One of the most popular body contouring procedures is known as liposuction, and it’s a procedure designed to eliminate unwanted areas of fat on your body.
That liposuction can mitigate unwanted fat at the same time it honors the natural curves and angles of your body is a testament to modern plastic surgical technology and skill. Modern liposuction procedures can do two things: they can remove a sizeable bulk of fatty tissue, or they can be exercise a great deal of finesse and control, contouring the fat to give you an overall natural and youthful-looking appearance. Most patients opt for the body contouring option because it helps the “lost” weight blend in with the rest of your body, so it won’t necessarily appear as though you’ve had surgery—you’ll just look great. It’s also worth noting that liposuction can be used quite broadly to remove areas of fat from different parts of the body.
Liposuction procedures are relatively noninvasive forms of body contouring surgery. They are usually performed by a plastic surgeon in a hospital or surgical suite setting, either under general or local anesthesia depending on patient comfort. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the area targeted by the surgeon and a small tube, called a cannula, is inserted. Depending on the liposuction technique employed by the plastic surgeon, the fat may be heated or treated before it is removed, allowing the surgeon to “sculpt” the appearance of the fat. The fat is removed and the small incisions are allowed to heal, sometimes with some assistance from the surgeon.
Liposuction procedures will be marginally different depending on where on the body they are performed. For example, some patients will elect to have liposuction on the legs or around the belly or around the arms. Each individual patient is different and will desire a different approach. These small changes in approach require slightly different techniques, so they will be discussed with your plastic surgeon in detail before your procedure. Recovery will also vary depending on where the liposuction was performed and to what extent.
Most patients use liposuction to remove unwanted areas of fat—fat that is usually immune to diet and exercise. As a result, most patients experience results that look both natural and flattering. Most patients will look visibly slimmer in their desired areas, but modern body contouring practices allow surgeons to preserve curves and features that patients like. In other words, patients find that they get to keep what they like and shave off a little bit of what they don’t. Patients are able to fit into clothing better and, generally, enjoy a more proportional figure.
What happens at the end of a liposuction procedure usually involves happiness, especially once the recovery period is over. Most patients report a significant rise in quality of life, confidence, and self-esteem. In other words, many patients finally feel comfortable in their own bodies. Liposuction is a way to exert control over the way you look—of acknowledging that, while diet and exercise certainly have limits, you don’t have to live with those limits. You can have the body you want.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure and, while far less invasive than it used to be, still requires the expertise of a highly-qualified plastic surgeon. If you are interested in a liposuction procedure, contact a plastic surgeon today to begin the consultation process. The sooner you begin your discussions with a plastic surgeon, the sooner you can complete your transformation and feel comfortable and great in your body again!
In the year 2000, liposuction was the most popular procedure--though that popularity has waned since.
In the year 2014, plastic surgeons performed well over 200,000 liposuction procedures in the United States.
The recovery period for liposuction is somewhere between 1-4 weeks, depending on your procedure.