LIPOSUCTION & LIPOSHIFTING
Liposuction is one of the most popular of the cosmetic procedures. Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, and the back. Liposuction also serves as a terrific supplemental procedure to breast augmentation and buttock contouring.
Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to traditional weight loss methods. Typically, the option of liposuction is most attractive for those individuals who have often fought weight issues throughout their life. More than eating well and exercising regularly, liposuction candidates need surgical assistance to combat unwavering body fat that refuses to go away.
To be a good candidate for liposuction, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. It is important to understand that liposuction can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, but it will not necessarily change your appearance to match your ideal look or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration. However, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin, though good results can be obtained in most people. For those patients with skin that has lost it’s elasticity or patients with excessive stretch marks, a tummy tuck may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
Most patients are mobile immediately after liposuction, although an extra day or two of bed rest may be needed when large amounts of fat are removed. Keep in mind that healing is a gradual process. Your surgeon will want you to begin normal activity as soon as possible to reduce post-operative complications, but in some cases you may be advised to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. Light exercise is usually permitted within a few days.
Your surgeon may recommend that a tight fitting garment, similar to a girdle, be worn after your liposuction to reduce swelling. This may need to be worn for up to eight weeks. What patients need to remember most importantly is that liposuction, though not dangerous, is still a surgical procedure that needs proper attention post operation. If not given adequate time for swelling to diminish over a day or two, the recovery process after a liposuction can be more uncomfortable than necessary.
You may not feel that great just after your liposuction. You will be given extra fluids during the procedure, and you’ll likely experience swelling and some bruising, but this is only temporary. You may feel a little bruised and sore as if you’d over exercised that part of the body, but you should be able to resume work in a few days. Your doctor will recommend the exact timing, given your particular circumstances.