Considering Liposuction? Did you know these Details?

liposuctionLiposuction is certainly not a new cosmetic procedure; it has been performed by experienced surgeons around the world for many years. As new technologies have been discovered and developed, the way in which liposuction is carried out has evolved. This has improved patient outcomes. Still, there are details about liposuction that you need to know as you make your decision about this procedure.

  1. Liposuction is more of a sculpting procedure than a weight loss tool. Yes, the idea is to remove unwanted fat, but only because that is the method of creating better contours that are in line with the body as a whole. If you want to lose a bit more weight, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to postpone the idea of liposuction until you have reached a point at which you feel you could stay.
  2. Recovery from liposuction is easier than you may imagine. This is related to the use of gentle techniques and technologies that liquefy fat prior to removal. Many people are able to get back to their normal routine, minus strenuous exercise, within a few days. Exercise and more physically demanding activities may be resumed after a few weeks.
  3. Swelling will keep you from seeing your final results for some time; months, actually. Typically, a large percentage of swelling resolves during the first month of recovery. Adhering to post-op instructions can help minimize this side-effect. However, be patient as you watch for your ultimate shape to be revealed.
  4. There is a limit to how much can be done. Liposuction can only remove a certain percentage of fat at one time. Otherwise, there is too much shock to the body. Ideal areas for this form of contouring include the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, and hips. Liposuction can also be performed under the chin to permanently resolve submental fullness.
  5. Weight gain can happen later, and it may not be what you expect. Liposuction removes fat cells from a certain area of the body. No new cells will grow back, and fat from another area does not migrate to the area from which unwanted tissue has been removed. That being said, weight gain can occur after liposuction, and it may occur in a region of the body you wouldn’t normally gain weight prior to your procedure.

For an in-depth discussion about liposuction, call our Calgary office for a consultation visit with Dr. Frank.

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