Interest in plastic surgery has soared in the last year, much to our surprise. While the Zoom Boom has many people seeking facial rejuvenation procedures like blepharoplasty and facelifts, there is still a great deal of interest in body contouring procedures. The restrictions brought on by COVID have made it difficult for many people to maintain their ideal body contours. If you’ve decided that you need a little help reducing one or more areas of unwanted fat, what you need right now is information. Here, we’ll discuss some of the questions that patients often have when they visit us for a liposuction consultation.
Does liposuction hurt?
If people knew how comfortable plastic surgery procedures have become, we’d probably see yet another increase in the number of people having plastic surgery. This is to say that liposuction does not hurt. The techniques involved in surgical fat removal have become incredibly advanced over the years. They don’t involve the same force that the original technique required. To achieve outstanding results in a safe and effective manner, Dr. Tattini performs what is called SAFE Lipo. This technique involves power-assisted liposuction technology and the artistic use of multiple different cannulas. In addition to removing unwanted fat, SAFE Lipo also helps to redistribute the fat cells that remain to achieve smooth, consistent contouring.
Does liposuction involve general anesthesia?
It can, but it doesn’t always. In recent years, many surgeons around the world have switched to in-office liposuction procedures. These visits include the use of a local anesthetic and mild sedative. Patients are completely comfortable during their treatment and do not have to manage the risks associated with general anesthesia. That said, some patients want to combine their liposuction treatment with other procedures. For example, it is now popular to utilize the fat that is removed from one area to enhance another. The Brazilian Butt Lift is one example of this. When procedures are combined, it may be safer and more comfortable to utilize general anesthesia. This is a detail that is discussed during the consultation visit.
Will the fat come back?
How awful it must be to think you’d have to worry about fat coming back after investing in liposuction surgery! Fortunately, this is one of the biggest myths about the procedure. While liposuction is not a free-pass to living an unhealthy lifestyle, the results achieved with this surgery can last indefinitely when the patient continues the healthy habits they had implemented before surgery. It is not difficult to maintain liposuction results. Just be mindful of calorie consumption and be consistent with regular exercise. Even a daily walk, yoga, pilates, or hiking are good options for weight management after liposuction, provided that you eat a healthy diet.
Does Liposuction tighten the skin?
No. Liposuction does not tighten the skin. It also does not eliminate cellulite. Patients should be aware of this before having their procedure. A skilled plastic surgeon will evaluate the condition of the skin and discuss the potential risk of puckering or wrinkling resulting from the decrease in volume. For the best results without additional tightening procedures, patients should exhibit good tissue elasticity at their surgical consultation.
Body contouring is an easier task when liposuction is involved. This safe, effective procedure can be the perfect complement to your healthy lifestyle. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our Bloomington, IL office by calling (309) 664-1007.