All too often, people who’ve worked hard to reach a healthy weight through diet and exercise find that they still have stubborn pockets of fat that no amount of dieting or exercise can seem to eliminate. If you’ve worked hard to reach your goals and stubborn fat is holding you back, liposuction may be able to help. Keep reading to learn more.
What happens during the procedure?
Sometimes no matter how hard you work, you still have stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away.
Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat from your body. It is often used to improve the appearance of the neck, waist, hips, back, upper arms, chest, stomach, buttocks, and thighs. During the procedure, very small incisions are made in strategic areas and a special saline solution is injected into the body. The saline solution makes the fat easier to remove and prevents pain and minimizing bleeding.
Once the area is prepared, a small tube is inserted into the body and fat is suctioned out through the tube.
What is recovery like?
Patients can often see improvement immediately after the procedure, but you should expect some bruising and swelling in the area that has been treated for about four weeks. During the recovery process you’ll need to avoid strenuous activity and wear special compression garments to improve the healing process. If a patient maintains a healthy weight after the procedure, the results of liposuction are permanent.
Who is a good candidate?
Liposuction is a good option for people who want to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat and slim down, but it is not a weight loss solution.
If you still have weight loss goals to reach, work with your doctor to get to a healthy, stable weight and then consider liposuction when you’re ready.
If you’re already at your goal weight but you still have some fatty areas that can’t be improved by diet and exercise, liposuction can help you reach your goals and get the body you deserve. If you’d like to learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alan Serure.