For people who suffer from having excess stubborn fat around their abdomen, thighs, or other areas of the body, liposuction can be an effective solution to these problems. The procedure involves suctioning the excess fat out from under the skin, using a thin tube.

Liposuction is the best solution for people who have too much stubborn fat on specific areas of their body, but have otherwise firm muscle tone and do not have sagging skin. Also, liposuction is often the best choice when the fat deposits are too extensive to be removed by other methods such as a tummy tuck.

How is the Procedure Performed?

Among the oldest techniques for liposuction is tumescent liposuction. This method relies on using a combination of pain killers and blood loss reduction medications which are injected into the skin before surgery. Once the medications take effect, a tube is inserted under the skin to suck out the fat.

The use of these medications shrink the blood vessels to ensure minimal blood loss. This makes tumescent liposuction a safe procedure. In addition to safety, the procedure also involves less downtime when compared to other techniques. This is because the incision is small, just enough for the tube to be inserted. This improves healing time and the associated discomfort.

Is the Treatment Right for You?

Liposuction will leave you with a body free from excess fat deposits. However, this surgery is only recommended after you have tried to commit to a diet plan and exercise routine and failed to lose the fatty layers that have accumulated in certain areas of the body.

This is not a procedure that can help you with weight loss. It can however be the final stage of your weight loss program, helping you shed the last few layers of excess fat that do not respond to exercise and dieting.

Also, you need to be motivated about exercise and dieting even after undergoing the surgery. if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can regain weight, or the fat can accumulate around your belly, hips, and thighs again.

Things to Know About the Treatment

Liposuction may be performed in a single sitting or be spread over many sittings. It depends on how much fat reduction you are targeting. Also, you may need to stay overnight. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for a few days to help with chores or errands. You will need to wear a supportive garment as the incision heals. This will reduce swelling and help keep the skin tight and smooth.

Liposuction may be performed in combination with procedures such as a tummy tuck or body lift. This not only removes the excess fat but also firms up the muscles and trims away excess skin, removing loose hanging folds of skin.

Contact Our Office

Dr. JoAnna Lopes, a board-certified plastic surgeon, can help you get rid of deposits of stubborn fat with Liposuction. Contact our office to schedule an informative consultation where she will assess your needs and develop a plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.