Just like all surgeries out there, Liposuction — one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures, along with Breast Augmentation, Eyelid Surgery, Tummy Tuck and Nose Reshaping — definitely comes with its fair share of questions. Below you’ll find some of the most common questions patients typically ask, and hopefully we can put your mind at ease with this simple Q&A.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Liposuction, also known as Lipo, “slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.” Or in simpler terms, Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery technique that breaks up and removes excess fat from the body by suction. Sounds great, right?
But let’s just make one thing clear, Liposuction is not an effective weight loss method and it is not a treatment for obesity. It also is not meant to improve the look of loose skin or cellulite. Although results are permanent, you still have to work hard and eat right to keep off those unwanted LBs. As mentioned previously, Liposuction is intended to produce improvement in contour and proportion, not to make you lose a ton of weight. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “that’s crazy, I’m gonna look slimmer and I’m gonna drop a few pants sizes, they must remove at least 20 pounds.” Wrong! The truth of the matter is, fat really doesn’t weigh that much.
Commonly involved areas are the anterior part of the neck (under the chin), upper arms, male chest/breasts (gynecomastia), buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips, inner and outer thighs and inner knees. Most patients are near normal weight and desire permanent contour changes.
Once the surgery is completed, the patient goes home with a compression garment covering the treated areas. Compression is advised for about a month as it helps reduce swelling after liposuction. Once pain and soreness decrease, it is frequently more comfortable to wear lycra or spandex. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication and bruising and swelling usually subside within 2 to 4 weeks. However, you may not see the final results take shape for around 2 to 3 months.
Liposuction, and cosmetic surgery in general, contrary to popular belief is not just for woman. Although men only make up for just about 10% of cosmetic procedures in the U.S., in 2015 the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery concluded that growth of male patients has more than tripled since the late 1990s. So the long and short of it is, everybody who wants it, male or female, that has the right qualifications, is getting it.
One of the more popular questions surrounding Liposuction is, “what makes me the right candidate for this procedure? Well, we’ll see your question and answer it with two questions of our own. 1) Do you have excess subcutaneous fat (fat stored directly under the skin) which is resistant to diet and exercise? And 2) Do you have borderline to excellent skin elasticity. Skin elasticity is basically the ability of your skin to stretch and then go back to normal once the stretch is gone. This is an issue that can, and should only be answered by your physician. Your ability to get Liposuction — although it’s your body — should really only come down to the judgment of your doctor. For more information on Liposuction or to schedule a consultation to see if you make a good candidate, visit the Washington, DC, area’s premiere plastic surgeon, Dr. Sheilah A. Lynch of Lynch Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase, MD.
Just remember, no matter how much liposuction you have done, some pesky fat cells will always find a way to stick around, there’s no fighting it, so don’t. After your procedure, just be conscious of how you’re taking care of your body and what your putting into it, and you’ll be just fine.