If you’re considering liposuction, it’s important to know all the facts about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Here is your ultimate guide to liposuction surgery.
Do you have stubborn fat that you can’t get rid of?
Sometimes, no matter how hard we work, diet and exercise aren’t enough. A lack of results can become frustrating and force you to look for alternatives.
If you’re considering liposuction, you’re not alone. Last year alone, nearly 250,000 liposuction procedures were performed in the United States.
But you need to know all the facts. We’ve broken down the different types of liposuction and explained what you could expect before, during, and after the procedure. Read on to see if this is the right choice for you.
What is liposuction surgery?
Liposuction has been helping people deal with unwanted fat for some time now. You’ve probably heard of it but may not know exactly what it is.
In its most traditional form, the procedure is one in which fat is suctioned out through a vacuum under your skin. While the fat is being removed, your surgeon may also use the instruments to shape and contour your body.
The procedure targets the stubborn fat that diet and exercise cannot eliminate.
If you are considering liposuction, you should have already tried to remove or reduce your excess fat using other methods, as surgery should be a last resort and not the first option.
The procedure can be performed almost anywhere on the body where excess fat is located, but the most common areas are the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and hips.
These areas, especially in women, tend to be the places where cellulite and fat remain, even with the proper diet and exercise routine.
Over the years, there have been many new innovations when it comes to fat removal that makes the procedure less invasive and sometimes even non-surgical.
Read on to learn more about the different types of liposuction and which one might be right for you.
Are you a candidate?
Before you schedule your procedure, it is important to determine if liposuction is the right choice for you.
Always consult your primary care physician before undergoing even a routine procedure.
He or she can tell you if you are at a higher risk for complications or if this surgery should be avoided based on your current health or medical history.
Your surgeon will want to make sure you are not a smoker and do not have any life-threatening or serious illnesses or injuries. You will also need to be sure that you are within about 30% of your ideal weight.
This means that your surgeon may ask you to lose weight if you do not fall within this range.
The reason for this is that while liposuction can help reduce fat, it is not meant to be a replacement for diet or exercise.
Before you undergo liposuction, make sure you are in as good shape as you can get without surgical help. If this is the case, the results of liposuction will be greater and more visible to you.
Choosing a surgeon
Choosing the right surgeon for this procedure should not be taken lightly. First, use the internet as a guide. Well-known and reputable doctors are highly regarded online in their reviews.
On the other hand, when patients have a bad experience with a doctor, they are also inclined to write a review and share their story.
Reading online reviews should help you narrow down a surgeon. See if patients who had the same procedure you’re interested in were satisfied with their results and with the overall demeanor and professionalism of the doctor and practice.
Once you have narrowed down your choices, you should schedule a consultation. Most consultations are free, although some require a small payment due at the time of the meeting. Regardless, a consultation is essential before you choose a surgeon.
Go in with a list of questions or concerns. You may only have a limited amount of time with him or her, so you want to be sure you are making good use of that time. You can learn a lot about a doctor’s practice during an initial visit.
Is the staff organized, helpful, and friendly? Is the practice clean and running smoothly? Pay attention to the doctor’s bedside manner and how quickly they rush you out of the room, or if they take the time to walk you through the steps of the procedure and explain what you can expect.
You also want to be sure that you choose a surgeon who has realistic expectations for you. While liposuction is a great tool for achieving your ideal body, it won’t do all the work. Be leery of any doctor who wants to overdo it with the areas to be treated or who promises life-changing results from the procedure.
What to expect
Now that you’ve chosen your surgeon and decided on the type of procedure you want, the day of surgery has arrived.
So, what can you expect?
If you are undergoing liposuction that requires an incision or anesthesia, you will need to have someone drive you to and from the hotel. Once you arrive, nurses will take you to a room to prepare for surgery.
Your surgeon should come by to check on you and discuss the procedure.
Anesthesia will be administered, and the surgery will be performed. When you wake up after the procedure, you can expect the treated area to be wrapped tightly to reduce swelling and minimize your pain. Do not expect to see results immediately.
Your body will swell because it has just experienced some sort of trauma. You can expect the swelling to last for several days or even weeks.
You should expect to return to your surgeon a few times after surgery to check on your progress and to be sure that healing is proceeding correctly.
Recovery from liposuction is fairly quick. Hopefully, your surgeon did everything he could to make sure the incision was minimal, and the swelling is under control.
If everything went smoothly, you would likely be able to return to your normal life in just a few days.
Your doctor may prescribe pain medication for you to take for a day or two right after surgery, but over-the-counter pain relievers should also work well.
Once the bandages are removed, your doctor will likely give you a garment to wear under your clothes for a period of time.
This garment is made of a compression material that is designed to keep the skin tight and reduce swelling.
Initially, your scars will be visible, but they will fade over time. Once you have recovered and no longer need to wear the compression garment, you can rub vitamin E oil or other scar minimizing serums on the scar to help it fade quickly.
Most people don’t even notice their scar after about a year.
Alternatives to liposuction
If you’re not sure if this procedure is right for you, keep in mind that there are other non-surgical options available to you.
Body contouring and cool sculpting have become popular because they offer fat minimization or reduction without the commitment of surgery.
These techniques typically use heat or cold energy to reduce, but not completely remove, fat cells.
While these newer and less invasive techniques may be the best choice, keep in mind that they will not have the same noticeable results as liposuction.
What’s right for you?
Now that you understand what happens during liposuction, you can decide if this is the right procedure for you.
It can certainly offer great results and get rid of the fat you can’t remove yourself.
Be sure to talk to a doctor before committing to surgery and stay realistic about the results.
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