Top FAQs about liposuction

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Mar 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

faqs about liposuctionHave you grown frustrated with battling excess pockets of fat on your body that won’t respond to diet and exercise? Have you managed to slim down and tone your muscles, but still have unwanted bulges of fat on your hips and upper thighs? If so, liposuction could be the next treatment you need to help you achieve your ideal body.

Take a look at the following FAQS about liposuction to learn more about this highly effective procedure.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that can help improve your body’s shape and contours by removing unwanted pockets of fat from specific areas of your body. Liposuction produces different results for each patient based on how they want to improve the appearance of their bodies. Liposuction is not to be viewed as a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy diet, but can help remove stubborn pockets of fat from areas that are showing resistance.

What parts of my body can be treated through liposuction?

Liposuction can be used to remove stubborn pockets of fat from most areas of your body, including your hips, thighs, buttocks, abdominal region, waist, arms, back, chest, neck, and areas of your face such as your cheeks and chin. In some cases, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend that you undergo Smartlipo instead, which is designed to treat smaller areas of localized fat.

Am I an ideal candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are those who work hard to maintain their overall body weights through diet and exercise, but have stubborn pockets of excess fat they have difficulty with losing or toning. Candidates should be physically healthy overall, and must have realistic expectations about what surgery can, and cannot accomplish.

How long do liposuction results last?

Patients who practice healthy eating habits and exercise regularly normally go on to experience long-term results from liposuction. During your initial consultation with your cosmetic surgeon, your surgeon will provide you with before-and-after photos of liposuction patients to give you a better idea of what you can expect following surgery. Liposuction results will be different for everyone based on the area being treated, the amount of fat removed at the time of surgery, and how hard a particular patient works at keeping excess weight off through diet and exercise.

Will liposuction help me lose weight?

Liposuction is not to be viewed as a weight-loss tool, but is meant to provide contouring for those who are already at or near their ideal body weights. If you’re an individual who has lost a significant amount of weight and has folds of excess skin on your body, you may not be able to fully benefit from liposuction. If you are unsure about whether liposuction will help you achieve your ideal look, schedule a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon to learn more about alternate treatments that can help you look slimmer.

How long will it take me to recover from liposuction?

Most liposuction patients will need to stay at home to recover for the first two or three days after the procedure -- the timeframe of which may vary slightly depending on the areas being treated. Full recovery from liposuction usually takes between four and six weeks. However, you may continue to see changes for several months. Throughout the recovery period, your surgeon will advise you to rest and take it easy with physical activities to lower your risk for post-surgical complications and to allow your body to fully heal.

Will liposuction result in scarring?

Due to the nature of the procedure, you may have one or more tiny incisions made on your body depending on the areas being treated. Your cosmetic surgeon will make incisions in discreet locations whenever possible to minimize scarring and visibility following recovery.

Have you been considering liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat from your body? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for plastic surgery.

Topics: liposuction, smartlipo

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