There are a variety of procedures that plastic surgeons can do to aid in the weight loss process. There are a few guidelines to keep in mind when you start considering your options. Some people have a small or moderate amount of fat that they’d like to get rid of and others have a more significant amount of weight they want to lose. The best option for you is something your doctor will discuss with you during your consultation.
For those people that are looking to reduce a small to moderate amount of fat, the options are based on where the fat is. Liposuction is a highly effective procedure that can suction the fat from various locations all over the body, creating beautifully contoured curves. When there is a small amount of fat that needs to be removed from an area, the treatment can be done in the office using local anesthesia. In cases where there is a larger amount of fat being removed, the lipo is done at an outpatient center or hospital, under general anesthesia.
Liposuction is performed using a cannula, which makes a small incision in the treatment area so the fat can be removed. The procedure leaves a very small wound, which is sutured and bandage and typically heals very quickly. The entire process usually takes less than an hour and the downtime is minimal with only some swelling and bruising for 1 to 2 weeks following the treatment.
If a patient has a more significant amount of weight to lose, there are other options. When having any sort of surgery your health and weight prior to the procedure are important. For someone who is dramatically overweight, your doctor may require a certain amount of weight loss prior to surgery through diet and exercise. After the patient has reached a “safe” weight procedures like liposuction, a tummy tuck, an upper or lower body lift and excess skin removal can be considered.
After extensive weight loss, there will often be loose skin in various places such as the stomach, the arms, the back, the butt and the legs. A tummy tuck is an option that removes loose skin and some fat from the lower abdominal area. In many cases, liposuction will be performed along with the tummy tuck to give a nice shape to the waistline. Upper body lifts and lower body lifts address the loose skin throughout the midsection and there are also procedures for excess skin removal on the arms, thighs and other areas of the body. When someone dedicates themselves to losing a lot of weight to improve their health and appearance, having excess skin and stubborn fatty areas can be very frustrating.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a small or large amount of fat reduction, there are great options that can help you achieve your body image goals. If you’re interesting in fat reduction or procedures to aid in a large weight loss goal, schedule a consultation with one of our award winning plastic surgeons.