For decades, the primary role of liposuction has been for fat reduction in common target areas, such as the thighs, hips, stomach, and lower back. One of the most popular body contouring treatments in this country, liposuction can help men and women reshape the way they look after diet and exercise efforts have been depleted. When patients are considering this cosmetic procedure, it is not uncommon for plastic surgeons to be asked, "Will I lose weight with liposuction?"
With a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, like board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Erick Sanchez, liposuction is a long-term highly effective and safe way to reduce pockets of stubborn fat to reveal a smoother, more fit-looking appearance. At his Baton Rouge, LA office, Dr. Sanchez and his experienced staff provide patients with private consultations and modern procedure rooms, and deliver the highest quality of care. If you are wondering what is liposuction or when to consider liposuction, read on to find the answers to those questions and more.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that helps eliminate unwanted pockets of fat that won't go away, even with a healthy eating plan and exercise. During the procedure, a thin tube is inserted through small incisions underneath the skin to gently remove fat cells. Dr. Sanchez will utilize a solution containing a local anesthetic and tumescent fluid to help minimize bruising, bleeding, and overall patient discomfort. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Sanchez meets with his patients for a private one-on-one consultation to discuss areas of concern, clarify the best surgical approach, and answer any question to obtain each patient's aesthetic goals. Some of the common areas where patients get liposuction include:
- Hips or flank area
- Thighs or inner knees
- Chin or neck area
Am I a candidate for liposuction?
Men and women can get amazing results with liposuction when the efforts of diet and exercise have been unsuccessful. Surgical body contouring with this type of technique is generally reserved for patients who are at or near their ideal weight. Candidates for liposuction are adults who also have areas of localized excess fat that is unchanged by diet and exercise, and have a healthy skin tone with minimal loose or excess skin.
How much weight can I lose with liposuction?
Diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle are still the cornerstones of weight loss. In some cases, women and men who are extremely overweight have to consider bariatric surgery as an essential element to lose weight and get their life back on track. But can patients use liposuction as a weight-loss tool? Surgical liposuction is a cosmetic option reserved for men and women who are near or at their ideal weight. It should not be considered a weight-loss method, even though the fat removal process will eliminate several ounces to a few pounds. When looking at the surgical procedure, liposuction is designed to remove external fat that resides underneath the skin. It is that stubborn fat that is driven by hormones or genetics, commonly seen with age or after pregnancy. By removing this fat, patients will help their heart and overall body be healthier, but it won't drastically change the number on the scale.
Is there weight loss after liposuction?
Liposuction is a versatile cosmetic tool that can give patients a sleeker, more fit-looking profile. It can transform the way a person looks and, feels, oftentimes, boosting their self-confidence in the process. While most patients, on average, can lose about 5 – 8 pounds, plastic surgeons notice that following liposuction, some patients begin to take charge of their lifestyle and can lose more weight on their own. Liposuction can be the catalyst for some patients by improving abnormalities or imbalances in certain areas where they have been struggling with unwanted pockets of fat. Once patients have taken the step to invest in their body and start enjoying their liposuction results, it is essential that they continue with a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain their results.
If you have maintained a stable weight for six months or longer but are still struggling with some troublesome areas of the body, then liposuction can be the right option for you. It is a safe and effective cosmetic tool to remove pesky bulges or pockets of stubborn fat. Women and men wanting a slimmer, more fit-looking profile, are invited to contact Sanchez Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA. Schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Erick Sanchez today, and start your journey to having the body you always wanted.