Cosmetic Surgery Blog: What Can Liposuction Do For You?

Pope Plastic Surgery Center - ASPS Member Surgeon

Obesity is a problem that can cause frustration. Sometimes no amount of exercise and dieting helps reduce the fat in your body and you may want to consider surgical methods to achieve a thinner look. A liposuction procedure can help remove excess fat from various parts of the body.

What all can liposuction do?

Liposuction can remove those love-handles or fat in the lower abdomen and such areas which never seem to go away, even after that rigorous exercise regime you have followed for months. However, a liposuction surgery does not lead to any significant change in body weight. Liposuction also can’t eliminate stretch marks or cellulite. in fact once the fat is removed the behavior of the underlying skin cannot be predicted accurately. Patients with healthy skin experience good tightening as the skin is redistributed. But people with soft skin may develop sagging areas which may need to be corrected with a tummy tuck. Tummy tucks are most routinely done along with Liposuction for this reason.

You may wonder, will the fat come back after the procedure?

Yes, if you gain considerable weight you may find that you have gained weight in areas where that weren’t operated on. This fat accumulation cannot be predicted and may happen anywhere in the body. Sometimes the liposuction surgery requires a refresh as the patients feel that there is some unevenness or even a bulgy look. In such case the doctor generally performs a touch up to get better results.

Laser assisted liposuction is a common procedure in which a laser is used to loosen the fat before it is loosened and taken out. This process is recommended for patients with loose skin particularly the older ones. The laser is also said to stimulate collage and elastin repair in the overlying skin. Laser liposuction is usually considered best for small areas without thick deposits of fat such as under the chin or other small areas.

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