If you are like most people and have had a lot more downtime this last year, you may have noticed a few extra pounds. Often these extra pounds can land in areas that are more difficult to get rid of with exercise. For stubborn fat pockets, liposuction can be a fast and effective way to get rid of pandemic pounds.
Liposuction has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States because it is incredibly versatile and safe. This quick procedure can remove stubborn fat from almost any part of the body to create a beautifully contoured shape. In many cases, it can be performed in the office under local and/or oral anesthesia. Among the most common areas treated with liposuction are the arms, back, abdomen, thighs, and hips.
When Will I See My Liposuction Results?
The length of time it will take to see your final liposuction results depends on the treated area. A person who has liposuction of their neck will see their final results sooner than someone who had fat removed from their lower abdomen or thighs. However, no matter the location treated, you should notice an improvement right away. Results will continue to get better and better as the swelling and bruising subside.
Will Liposuction Cause Loose Skin?
After your liposuction procedure, our doctors will give you post-op instructions and a garment designed for the area treated so that the skin tightens around the new, slimmer body. It is crucial to wear the compression garment as recommended to see a great result.
Are Liposuction Results Permanent?
The fat cells that are removed during liposuction are gone permanently.
However, if you gain weight, the remaining fat cells in your body will increase in size. Maintaining a healthy weight is key to maintaining the results of your liposuction.
How much fat is removed in one liposuction procedure?
There is no magic number when it comes to the “right” amount of fat to remove during liposuction. The amount of fat removed depends on each patient. For example, removing five pounds of fat would make a tremendous difference for a patient weighing 130 pounds, whereas a patient weighing 230 would need more fat removed to achieve the desired shape and contour. For patients requiring a large amount of fat removed, the plastic surgeon might recommend scheduling liposuction treatments in stages. Liposuction IS NOT a weight loss treatment. If necessary, our surgeons may suggest weight-loss options before going forward with liposuction.
How long is the recovery for liposuction?
The recovery from liposuction is relatively quick. Most patients find they can return to work a day or two after the procedure. There will be some bruising and swelling, which will subside within one-to-two weeks. Patients usually wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks after surgery, which can be worn under clothing.
If you have been considering liposuction, schedule a personal consultation with one of our award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeons at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jocelyn Leveque, Dr. Nathan Patterson, or Dr. Peter Butler.