If you are considering liposuction, you may be wondering whether to combine it with other procedures. Patients frequently combine liposuction with other plastic surgery treatments and procedures, as it can save both time and money. Here’s a quick guide to the liposuction procedure, what it can achieve, and what it can be combined with.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure whereby fat deposits are “sucked” from the body. Most patients who undergo this surgery are reasonably fit, but have stubborn fat deposits that won’t respond to diet or exercise. It’s not a weight loss procedure. Instead, it’s a contouring treatment that enables people who are already physically fit to achieve a more ideal figure.
What areas of the body can be treated?
This plastic surgery procedure can be used on a variety of areas. It is most commonly used to remove fat from the thighs, buttocks, stomach, upper arms, back, neck, and chin. The procedure is most successful when conducted on areas with stubborn fatty deposits. If you have another area you’re interested in treating, talk to a plastic surgeon about whether liposuction is the correct procedure for you.
What is the procedure like?
On the day of the treatment, patients are given general anesthesia. The surgeon than injects a saline solution in the areas that are going to be surgically altered. A cannula is used to remove the unwanted fat cells. Then the incisions are stitched closed.
What are the results like?
Most patients start seeing results a few weeks after the procedure is performed. While there may be swelling for several months, the eventual results are permanent. Because the fat cells are removed from the body, they will not grow back. This does not mean, however, that patients cannot gain weight. If patients do, the fat cells that remain can and will swell. To maximize he longevity of results, patients are advised to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Can liposuction be combined with other procedures?
This cosmetic surgery is most frequently combined with tummy tuck procedures. A tummy tuck procedure removes excess skin and fat from the stomach area, leading to a leaner, slimmer contour. The stomach muscles are also tightened, which results in the flat abs so many people long for. Tummy tucks are often combined with liposuction because when the two procedures are performed simultaneously, the results often last longer.
Liposuction can be combined with other body contouring procedures as well. Patients might also undergo a simultaneous breast augmentation or lift. When liposuction procedures are combined with tummy tucks and breast augmentations, it is known as a Mommy Makeover. This all-in-one procedure is popular with mothers who want to restore their body to its pre-baby condition. It can add volume to sagging breasts, tighten the abdominal region, and get rid of any fat deposits gained during pregnancy.
If you’re thinking of combining several cosmetic surgery procedures, it’s best to talk to a plastic surgeon about your aesthetic goals. They can help you determine the most effective way to achieve your dream body.
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