Liposuction is a leading cosmetic procedure performed thousands upon thousands of times each year. Many people have heard enough about this method of reducing unwanted fat to think they know all they need to know about it. The thing is, a lot of the information that circulates about common cosmetic procedures could create more confusion than not. The wrong idea about liposuction might lead you to think that this is not a procedure for you. On the other hand, the expectations you have of liposuction may be incorrect, leading to frustration. We want to offer some of the less-often discussed facts about surgical fat reduction here.
- Liposuction may not be the end-all-be-all you’re thinking. When the primary concern that needs to be corrected is the presence of stubborn fat, liposuction may achieve the desired outcome without any further treatment. However, if skin and superficial tissue are also loose, the best results may come from a combination of procedures, such as liposuction and abdominoplasty or liposuction and a neck lift.
- Fat reduction is not only for individuals who may be overweight. The truth is that an ideal liposuction patient is a man or woman who is relatively close to their ideal weight. A way to understand this procedure better is to think of it as body contouring, not fat-reduction. A large number of patients who undergo liposuction would be described as thin.
- Body contouring is about circumference, not weight. Because liposuction does remove a certain number of fat cells from the body, there may be an expectation of weight loss. This would be a mistake. Nevertheless, to expect the scale to reflect results from liposuction and not see a drop would certainly feel frustrating. After liposuction, it is best to look at clothing and the naked body than the scale.
- Liposuction isn’t a tummy-only treatment. Abdominal liposuction is very popular, but there are many more areas that can be contoured via liposuction. Some patients turn to this procedure for thinner thighs or a more contoured jawline. Liposuction can be performed on the knees, on the backs of the arms, and even on the back, to create better proportions and higher confidence.
We would be happy to discuss the details of liposuction with you. Call our Bloomington office at 309-664-1007.