Liposuction is a medical procedure that breaks up fat and removes it from troubled areas of the body. Common body areas that benefit from liposuction are the stomach, neck, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. The process involves inserting a hollow instrument known as a cannula under the skin. The fat is then removed through a suction mechanism.
Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. However, many people considering the procedure still possess many questions.
Are The Results of Liposuction Permanent?
The body shape you will enjoy after liposuction can be long-lasting. The fat that was removed during liposuction can never return, however, you can still gain weight in untreated areas of the body. The best way to ensure long-lasting results is to maintain your weight with proper diet and regular exercise.
How Much Weight Loss Is Possible With Liposuction?
Liposuction should not be viewed as a way to lose dramatic amounts of weight. However, liposuction can help to slim your contour and define your figure. You will lose some pounds in the fat removed, however, the best candidates will already be in their ideal weight range before treatment.
Will Fat Cells Return?
Fat cells are permanently removed by liposuction. You do not gain new fat cells when you gain weight, instead, your existing fat cells expand. So, after fat cells are removed they will not come back, but untreated fat cells can still expand.
What If I Get Pregnant After Liposuction?
Pregnancy will not spoil the results of a successful liposuction procedure. You may experience new pockets of stubborn fat after pregnancy, especially in the abdominal area. Talk to your surgeon about further treatment plans if you notice a dramatic change to your contour after pregnancy.
How Much Fat Can The Procedure Remove?
It is safe to remove about six to eight pounds of fat during a liposuction procedure. Any more than this amount in a single day may pose risk of harm to the patient. If more fat removal is needed, multiple procedures should be performed on separate days.
How Long Before The Results Show?
One to three months usually passes before patients see the results of their liposuction procedure. This is because there is a considerable amount of swelling that takes place after the procedure that can hide your new contour.
Can Cellulite And Sagging Skin Be Corrected With Liposuction?
Cellulite and sagging skin are not affected very much by liposuction. Liposuction addresses stubborn fat only, and can actually worsen skin laxity if this is a concern to begin with. If you have significant sagging skin or cellulite, Dr. Ehrmantraut can discuss other treatment options with you.