Five FAQs About Liposuction

What Is Liposuction? - Tallahassee Plastic SurgeryLiposuction is a popular plastic surgery procedure.  Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of your body. Here are answers to common questions about liposuction surgery.

1. What Is It?

Using a tool called a cannula, doctors can remove unwanted fatty deposits between the muscle and the skin. Because it targets specific areas of the body to make them more aesthetically pleasing, liposuction is considered a form of body contouring.

2. Will It Help With Weight Loss?

Although patients often experience a slight drop in weight because fat is removed, liposuction is not a treatment for weight loss/ obesity.  It is recommended that you are at your ideal weight before considering surgery.  Liposuction does reduce fat deposits in stubborn areas, such as the belly, love handles, and buttocks, which do not respond to exercise.

3. Is Liposuction Safe?

Like any surgery, liposuction has its share of risks, including infection, scarring, numbness, and anesthesia risks. The Physician will require a History and Physical before surgery to review your current health condition.

4. Which Body Areas Can Be Treated?

As a general rule, liposuction almost always involves areas of the body that are known for fat storage. For women, the breasts, hips, thighs, and abdomen are the most frequently targeted spots. For men, the love handles, chin, abdomen, and breasts are common problem areas.

5. When Do I See The Results?

Because everyone is different, the answer to this question varies from person to person. Some patients see results as soon as the swelling from surgery subsides, usually in about a month. But final results typically take a lot longer, often between six months or longer.  It is also important to mention that patients must follow their doctors’ advice to get the best possible outcomes. This often includes wearing compression garments, following a sensible diet, and getting regular exercise.

Armed with this new information, potential patients can make an educated decision about whether liposuction is right for them.

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