If you’re at a normal weight but are struggling with some stubborn bulges of fat on your waist or thighs, you might have a problem that can’t be solved by exercise and diet. Even people that are underweight have problematic areas on their bodies. In these cases, you might consider a cosmetic procedure to solve your dilemma.
Cosmetic surgeons can remove unsightly fat from the body via a procedure called liposuction, lipo, liposculpture and other terms. This procedure entails breaking up fatty tissue and literally sucking it out of the skin with a vacuum apparatus. This is a popular procedure that people elect to remove fat from their abdomen, back, thighs, neck, chin, buttocks and other areas.
Liposuction is the leading cosmetic procedure in the United States. Over 300,000 of these procedures are performed every year for Americans. The procedure costs an average of $2,500 to $3,500. It’s not effective for weight loss, and it is mainly done to create a more toned and sleek body shape.
Like most surgeries, the patient must be sedated with a general anesthetic, and there are risks involved such as scarring and infection. It is not effective for treating obesity, but there are some medical conditions that can be improved with the procedure. One of these is gynecomastia, a condition where a male has excess fat under the breasts. Liposuction can also help remove excess skin after weight loss and to remove fatty tumors that could potentially become dangerous if ignored for too long.
Patients should discuss the pros and cons with their doctor before committing to having the procedure. Doctors will generally only recommend the procedure if diet and exercise are not likely to solve the problem. Certain areas of the body can be very resistant to removal via calorie restriction or exercise. People with excess body fat usually achieve better results when they commit to different eating habits.
Results will be better for people who have good skin elasticity and tone. Since the surgery removes material from the skin, the body needs to remold itself to even out the contours where the fat was removed in order to create a good contour. If the skin lacks elasticity, the altered area could end up having loose skin or an unnatural shape.
To qualify for the surgery, patients should be over 18 years old, and they must be healthy enough to have surgery. The doctor will confirm that their blood flow and cardiovascular health will not pose a risk when they’re under general anesthetic. People with diabetes or weak immune systems may also face greater risks.
Before you consider liposuction, make sure it’s the right solution for you. Make sure you understand the pros and cons of liposuction before you commit to the procedure. For lasting results after surgery, follow a healthy active lifestyle that prevents weight gain and keeps you looking fit and toned.