Beauty and Wellness: Is Liposuction for You?

A surgeon planning liposuction with a patient

Nearly everyone dreads going to the gym to achieve their fitness and weight loss goals. However, this could take months or even years before they achieve their ideal weight. For some, they want something else to augment their fitness regimen and diet. Many people are turning to liposuction as a way to supplement their weight loss plans.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a common plastic surgery procedure that removes fat and cellulite from the body. This is usually done on problematic areas that do not respond well to exercise and diet, such as the abdomen, neck, thigh, buttocks, and upper arms. In many cities like Chicago, fat liposuction is often paired with other procedures, such as tummy tucks, facelifts, or breast augmentation for better results. Recent technological advancement has paved the way for improved techniques that make liposuction easier, safer, and less painful.

Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction allows the removal of fat which can lead to a much-improved health, cellulite reduction, and improved self-esteem. Liposuction reduces the fat cells in the problem area, and the reshaping that occurs after is generally permanent.

What Happens Before and After a Treatment?

A fat liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed in a properly equipped doctor’s office, hospital, or ambulatory surgery center. General anesthesia or deep sedation would be used when a large volume of fat needs to be removed. Some patients are only given local anesthetics when the fat is minimal.

After the treatment, patients will feel some pain and discomfort that will usually last for two weeks. These are remedied with normal painkillers. However, some with more severe treatments will need prescription painkillers. The treated areas will be wrapped in a compression garment for about three to four weeks to help lessen the bruising, swelling, and pain. The bruising and swelling often will last for the next seven to ten days.

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Many physicians and fitness experts recommend proper exercise and diet to lose weight. Consult your physician if you have problem areas that do not respond well to these common courses of weight loss. Your plastic surgeon will be able to help you determine if a liposuction is right for you according to your specific situation and case.