In spite of exercising regularly and leading an overall healthy lifestyle, many women and men find it difficult to fully eliminate localized buildups of fat in various regions of the body. Some of the most common areas in which these stubborn fat pockets manifest include the legs, arms, buttocks, midsection, hips, back, neck, and chin. For individuals seeking to reduce diet and exercise-resistant fat accumulations, liposuction can often be a great option. At our practice, Stafford R. Broumand, MD and Daniel Y. Maman, MD – our board certified plastic surgeons – can perform an advanced liposuction technique to remove excess fat from virtually any area of the body, ultimately helping to achieve a smoother, more toned contour in the treatment region.
What Can Liposuction Do for Me?*
Based on your specific concerns and treatment goals, liposuction may be able to help you:
- Eliminate fat that proves resistant to healthy diets and regular exercise
- Attain a more fit, athletic-looking figure
- Improve the definition of targeted areas
- Enhance the outcome of another cosmetic procedure
- Achieve long-lasting results
* results may vary
It is important to note that the key to sustaining optimal long-term results following liposuction is to maintain a relatively healthy lifestyle that consists of a nutritious diet and routine exercise. To help patients stay on the right track, 740 Park Plastic Surgery offers individualized wellness programs complete with vitamins and supplements, exercise advice, nutritional guidance, and more.
Candidates for Liposuction
Liposuction has helped countless women and men achieve the slimmer, more sculpted physique they desire. Good candidates for this body contouring procedure are generally those who:
- Have stubborn fat accumulation in localized areas of the body
- Are in relatively good health and shape
- Have no uncontrolled medical issues
- Have good skin quality and elasticity
Along with these requirements, ideal candidates also have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 35. In general, the higher one’s BMI, the greater the risk of complications and/or an unsatisfactory outcome. At the time of your consultation, your surgeon will discuss these qualifications in greater detail and help you determine if liposuction would be an appropriate treatment option.
Considerations for Liposuction
There are several factors that contribute to realizing one’s body contouring goals via liposuction. For anyone interested in this popular aesthetic treatment, the following details should be taken into consideration.
Body Sculpting vs. Weight Loss Surgery
Although liposuction is designed to reduce unwanted fat for a slimmer and more toned figure, it should not be mistaken for a weight loss treatment. The procedure is meant for women and men who are at (or very near) their ideal weight and desire to eliminate localized areas of fullness that remain immune to diet and exercise efforts.
Number of Liposuction Sessions
While multiple problem areas can often be treated during a single liposuction session, there are instances in which more than one treatment may be necessary to comprehensively address a patient’s concerns. The exact number of treatments will ultimately depend on factors such as how many areas you wish to target, how large these regions are, and how much fat is being extracted in relation to your physique.
Longevity of Results
Results achieved with liposuction can last for many years, as long as a relatively healthy lifestyle is maintained after treatment. Our doctors recommend eating a nutritiously balanced diet and establishing a regular exercise regimen to help ensure fat does not return to your problem areas. In the event a significant quantity of weight is gained following surgery, fat cells left in the treatment region may increase in size to store additional fat, therefore affecting the outcome of the procedure.
The Liposuction Procedure
As opposed to traditional liposuction methods, Dr. Maman and Dr. Broumand employ an innovative approach known as “liposculpting.” Using this technique, our board certified plastic surgeons meticulously sculpt the body with a trained aesthetic eye instead of simply eradicating undesired fat buildups from a specific region. This enables our doctors to make certain the newly created contours seamlessly complement – or even enhance – the individual’s unique figure with results that appear completely natural.
During the liposculpting procedure, a small incision is made near the targeted area(s), and a saltwater-based solution is dispersed throughout the region to break up excess fat – a technique that aids in the reduction of any postoperative bruising and/or swelling that may occur. Once loosened and detached, the fat is then carefully removed via a special vacuum-controlled microcannula that offers precision sculpting of the treatment region for a slimmer contour and improved overall appearance. The entire liposuction process generally takes approximately one hour to complete, though this will vary based on how many areas are being targeted as well as whether or not the procedure is performed in combination with another treatment.
After liposuction, some degree of swelling and/or bruising may be experienced, but these symptoms are temporary and should subside with time. Any potential discomfort that occurs can typically be managed effectively with medication. The majority of individuals are able to return to non-strenuous jobs and resume normal daily routines after about seven days, though vigorous exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a couple weeks. Ultimately, the exact length of recovery will depend on the amount of fat removed, how many areas were treated, and the body’s natural healing process.
Most patients start noticing results right away, and the contouring effects should become even more apparent in the weeks following the liposuction procedure. By sustaining a nutritious diet and regular exercise routine, the outcomes achieved through liposuction can be extremely long-lasting.
Become More Informed About Liposuction
At our practice, we have found that individuals who are more informed about all aspects of liposuction generally have a smoother treatment experience and greater postoperative satisfaction. As a result, our plastic surgeons aim to maintain open dialogue during the consultation process, inviting patients to ask any questions or express any concerns they may have along the way. They understand there is a great deal of information to absorb, and they are happy to cover various facets of the procedure as many times as you need to feel fully comfortable with proceeding. Ultimately, we want to help you achieve your goals – but only when you are completely ready to make such a major decision.
Contact Our Practice
For more information about liposuction, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact our office today.