I’m considering liposuction, is it right for me?

by | Feb 21, 2019

Eliminate stubborn fat once and for all

If you’re someone who is struggling with areas of excess fat that you just can’t seem to get rid of, know that you have options. Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures that both men and women undergo in order to get the figure they want. Dr. Erick Sanchez with Sanchez Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, LA, has performed numerous liposuction procedures over the years. His patients are thrilled they no longer have to deal with some of the hardest hit areas such as the love handles, that stubborn belly “pooch”, or thighs that are hard to fit into jeans. Liposuction assists in removing unwanted fat and slimming down these areas that have been plaguing their bodies and lives.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most popular methods used to remove excess fat in our Baton Rouge plastic surgery center. The procedure works best for treating areas of localized fat that can’t be eliminated through traditional routes, such as diet and exercise. A liposuction procedure requires a small incision in the skin and then uses a small tool, known as a cannula, to help loosen and suction out fat. Depending on the patient and areas treated, the total amount of fat removed from the body can range from several ounces to a few pounds.

Who should perform this?

When selecting a surgeon to perform your liposuction procedure it’s important to ask the right questions and find out as much as possible about the surgeon’s background. Liposuction requires en experienced doctor so that a smooth, even result can be achieved. Surgeons that are too aggressive in their approach or who do not have the skill to perform liposuction can produce results that are uneven, lumpy, and unsightly. A board-certified plastic surgeon will have gone through many years of formal training. This means they have not only spent years being trained in plastic surgery, but they’re also held to the highest standards when it comes to skills, knowledge, ethics, judgment, and safety. It’s recommended that you ask how long the surgeon has been practicing and how often they perform liposuction procedures.

Which type of liposuction is recommended?

While there are multiple types of liposuction available, Dr. Sanchez prefers to use tumescent traditional liposuction on his patients, as he feels this method provides the best results due to many factors. This approach uses a small cannula and allows the surgeon to better manipulate the targeted problem areas. Tumescent traditional liposuction also allows for more precise sculpting and results. Tumescent fluid and a local numbing agent are used to numb the fatty area and minimize bleeding. This solution also helps loosen the fat making it easier for the surgeon to remove the tissue and create a more defined area, which provide immediate, dramatic results.

What areas does liposuction treat?

The purpose of this procedure is to remove unwanted fat. Liposuction is an excellent way to treat various problem areas on the face and body. Many patients consider liposuction after diet and exercise fail to get the fat off. Some of the most common areas for treatment include the stomach, buttocks, thighs, lower back, chest, chin, and neck. If you want to treat multiple areas at once you can discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation to determine which areas will benefit most from liposuction.

Am I a good candidate?

This procedure works best on men and women that are at or near their ideal weight, but struggle with areas or bulges of fat that are not in proportion with the rest of their body. For example, your problem area may be love handles, or perhaps you have a pooch in your abdomen. Some patients would like their outer thighs slimmed so they can get rid of those unwanted “saddlebags”. Liposuction can reduce the fat in these areas and create a more defined contour.

It is important for Baton Rouge patients to understand that liposuction is not a treatment for weight loss and is not recommended to treat loose, saggy skin. Patients should have relatively healthy skin tone so that once the fat is removed, the skin can bounce back and regain its shape. Results from a liposuction procedure can last many years if a patient continues to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. It is also recommended that patient stop the use of tobacco prior to their liposuction treatment and then sustain from using it afterwards to optimize their overall outcomes.

How long do results last?

Generally speaking, the fat will stay off as long as you put forth the effort to ensure that it stays off. If you adhere to a good diet and exercise regularly then the results can last a lifetime. New fat cells can develop with poor health and nutrition, which his the case for anyone who has or has not had liposuction in the past.

What are next steps?

If you’d like to learn more about a liposuction procedure, including results, recovery time, and pricing, then please give our Baton Rouge, LA plastic surgery office a call to setup a consultation. Dr. Erick Sanchez will meet with you and examine your problem areas and create an individualized treatment plan to help contour your body and give you the outcome you desire. You can also use this time to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the procedure.

Sanchez Plastic Surgery has helped patients take control of their lives and bodies by getting rid of unwanted fat for good. Contact us today to say goodbye to that stubborn fat, once and for all.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.