Liposuction, also referred to as Liposculpture, is an effective surgical process that has become the most popular procedure for removing excess fat deposits from various body areas. Liposuction removes the stubborn unwanted fat that you have not been able to get rid of simply through diet and exercise. When unwanted fat cells are removed via a liposuction procedure, the fat cells are permanently removed. Those fat cells do not grow back – however following a poor diet and nutrition regime or lack of exercise following liposuction, and the natural aging process of our bodies, can cause ‘new’ fat to change the shape of the body.
It is important to understand that liposurgery is permanent, so the consultation process involved in determining your expectations is key. The Dr. Cosentino will discuss with you additional techniques, laser assisted devices – and other treatments and procedures – so you can obtain the results that you expect. As a stand-alone treatment, liposuction eliminates fat from the body, but these conjunctive treatments allow for the total body sculpting that our patients desire.
Liposuction is an effective surgical process that has become the most popular procedure for removing excess fat deposits from various body areas. Some of these areas include the abdomen or stomach area, hips, waist, thighs, arms and buttocks. Modern advances to liposuction surgery include the use of “tumescent anesthesia” that allows for the patient to be awake during the procedure. This kind of anesthesia allows for the expansion of the fat layer, making it easier and more accessible for the Doctor to remove specific areas of fat. Other benefits are that bruising and swelling/fluid retention associated with older techniques are greatly minimized. Thus, your body will heal in less time.
The actual surgery takes approximately 2-4 hours depending upon the extent of fat removal and areas being treated. Downtime is minimal and many people are able to return to work the next day, but this is also dependent upon the area that received the liposuction. A conjunctive procedure that allows for body contouring when performing liposuction is laser assisted lipolysis, which allows for the Doctor to less traumatically “sculpt” your body. The Doctor will discuss with you a plan for your desired results, as different areas of your body may need to be “feathered” into other body areas so complete body sculpting can be achieved.
The fat cells that are suctioned are removed forever and will not come back. The total number of fat cells present in a person’s body does not increase in number beyond teenage years. When a person gains weight after a liposuction procedure there is a possibility that the size of the fat cells could increase thus allowing more fat to be deposited in it. When one loses weight, the opposite occurs where fat is mobilized out of the fat cells and so these cells become smaller in size.
The result of liposuction is therefore permanent. Fat does not recollect in the treated areas even if one overeats, though fat shifts can occur. You’ll be advised to stick to healthy dietary habits after liposuction, because fat can collect elsewhere. Daily exercise, such as walking for half an hour, is also advised. Liposuction is not a weight loss technique, and is not a cure for overall obesity. It is, however, a great way to get rid of those bulges that you cannot seem to get rid of any other way.