Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that can permanently remove unwanted fat from various parts of the body. Popular areas for liposuction include the abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, calves and ankles, chest and back, hips and thighs, chin and neck, as well as breasts. As the procedure has become more popular, the list of its potential benefits has also grown.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that removes body fat in areas where diet and exercise are not enough. The procedure is typically performed by a plastic or dermatologic surgeon. By removing a certain amount of fat cells, liposuction offers several aesthetic benefits, such as a slimmer and better-contoured figure. Beyond improved appearance, liposuction can also offer emotional and confidence benefits, as it can give those who have undergone the procedure a better self-image.
What Are the Benefits of Liposuction?
Common benefits of liposuction include improved physical appearance and reduced feelings of self-consciousness. By removing fat from specific areas of the body, liposuction offers a more natural looking fat distribution. Extreme weight loss can sometimes lead to loose skin, and liposuction helps to eradicate this. Aside from its aesthetic benefits, liposuction can reduce or eliminate health-related issues; studies have shown that it can assist in treating fatty liver disease, and reduce visceral fat, which can lead to an improvement in metabolic health.
How Is Liposuction Performed?
During a liposuction procedure, a plastic surgeon will make a small incision in the area where fat is to be removed. Specialized tools such as suction machines and cannulae will be used to suction the fat cells away. The procedure does involve some risks, such as scarring, bruising, and possible vomiting for the few days after.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is within their ideal body weight, but has a concentrated area of fat that does not respond to diet and exercise. It is not intended for those looking to lose much weight, as liposuction is not a form of weight loss surgery, and nor is it a way to treat cellulite.
What Are the Risks Associated With Liposuction?
There are some risks associated with liposuction, as with any surgery. Common risks include infection, bleeding, and poor wound healing. Liposuction is not recommended for those with certain medical conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, a liposuction procedure should only be performed by certified and experienced plastic surgeons.
Liposuction can be an effective way to contour the body, while also providing a variety of additional health benefits. However, it is important to ensure that the procedure is performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon, as well as understand the potential risks associated with the procedure. Those considering liposuction should speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess if the procedure is suitable for them, as well as discussing the results they want to achieve.