Many individuals struggle with excess fat on their body. When exercise and a healthy diet fail to eliminate these unwanted fat bulges, liposuction is often a great option for achieving your desired body contour. Understanding everything about liposuction before and after is important.
Often referred to as “lipo” and helps to slim and reshape certain areas of your body by removing these excess fat deposits and improving the proportion and contours of your body.
Lipo can target numerous body areas, including your:
- Upper back
- Abdominal region including lower abdomen and hips
- Chin Liposuction
Liposuction is the most common plastic surgery procedure in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, with over 400,000 lipo procedures done annually.
Knowing exactly what you can expect with liposuction before and after and following your plastic surgeons post-care instructions can help you achieve those amazing results you’re looking for.
Liposuction Before and After
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE LIPOSUCTION
Before deciding on liposuction, you should understand what liposuction does and doesn’t do.
Generally speaking, liposuction helps you become “a smaller version of you” by removing excess fat. It provides body shaping and contouring. Most individuals having lipo are highly satisfied with their results, and if given the chance, would do it again.
An important concept women have to understand thought is what liposuction doesn’t do. For instance, it doesn’t tighten loose muscles or skin. If your tummy jiggles, it will likely jiggle after your procedure. If your muscles are loose, they’ll be loose after lipo. If you have stretch marks or cellulite, you’ll have them after your procedure.
While body contouring with liposuction can help you to lose some weight (generally one to ten pounds), that’s not the primary goal of liposuction. Liposuction is intended to help you shape and contour your upper body in the areas you’re concerned about assuming you have good skin elasticity
.You should also know that like with any surgery, there are risks, which you should discuss with your board certified plastic surgeon.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER LIPOSUCTION
During you Liposuction recovery, you can expect to experience some:
- Mild discomfort
- Mild Liposuction Scars
Your plastic surgepon may prescribe you medication to ease this discomfort. You’ll likely need to wear a compression garment to promote healing and reduce swelling. Swelling typically starts reducing after your first week, but you’ll still need to wear the compression garments until week four or as your surgeon directs. You may experience swelling that lasts longer than six weeks, however, usually within a few days, you’re comfortable enough to go back to work.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make small incisions to your abdomen to remove the extra fat cells. They’re made in inconspicuous places where they’re less noticeable. The surgeon will provide you with post-care instructions for these incisions after your surgery. The instructions will help ensure they heal with minimal scarring.
It’s likely you won’t see immediate results. If anything, you may even feel like you’ve gained weight or appear larger in the treated area for a short time. This is normal. Although lipo can eliminate up to 10 pounds of fat cells, swelling and fluid retention can make you appear bloated. Once the swelling begins going down, you’ll start seeing results.
You might also notice some of your skin in the treated area appears loose. This skin should firm up over time. But, depending on various factors like how much fat was removed and your age, you might require surgical intervention to tighten up the skin. Each individual is different and your surgeon will talk about skin tightening with you as part of your body contour procedure if needed.
Depending on the amount of fat removed, you should expect to see your final results within one to three months following your procedure. With just one procedure, you can expect noticeable changes and improvements to your body’s contours. Remember, results may vary for each individual, and before and after photos and content do not guarantee specific results.
GETTING PREPARED FOR LIPO
Your first step will be to consult with the plastic surgeon. Discuss your goals, the benefits and risks, the options and costs. Make sure you ask them all your questions. If you do decide to have lipo, your plastic surgeon will provide you with instructions on how you should prepare for it properly.
These may include:
- Telling you about alcohol and diet restrictions.
- Asking you for information on any allergies you have or if you’re taking any medications, including herbal and over-the-counter supplements or drugs. They’ll likely ask you to stop taking specific medications like certain painkillers or blood thinners a few weeks before your procedure.
- Telling you to have someone to take you home after your procedure.
- Being prepared that you may need to stay overnight if you’re having a great deal of fat removed and you need to have the surgery performed in the hospital.
Before your procedure begins, the surgeon may mark up the body areas you’ll receive treatment. They might also take photos to use for “before and after” pictures.
Your surgeon may give you general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep during the procedure. In some cases, you might only need local anesthesia, meaning you’ll be awake, but won’t feel any pain.
Questions and Answers About Body Contouring with Liposuction
How long do liposuction results last?
Following liposuction, the removal of stubborn fat deposits results in permanent fat cell reduction. After liposuction performed, one can expect improved body contours, ideally achieving better proportions.
Nonetheless, it’s important to note that a small number of excess fat cells will remain in the treated areas.
Does lipo flatten your stomach?
Various well-known methods exist for achieving a flat stomach. Diet and exercise are widely acknowledged as non-surgical approaches to achieving this goal. Nevertheless, when these traditional methods fall short, liposuction stands out as a highly effective solution for attaining a flat stomach to remove unwanted fat.
How many pounds will I lose after liposuction?
While liposuction typically leads to an average fat loss of five pounds (with potential variations of up to 11 pounds), it’s crucial to understand that weight loss isn’t the primary objective. Liposuction is primarily aimed at targeting and eliminating stubborn fat to enhance body contours. It’s a powerful tool for refining areas that resist the effects of diet and exercise, allowing you to achieve the desired look and boost your confidence.
What is Vaser Liposuction?
VASER is an acronym for ‘Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance.’ This innovative liposuction technique harnesses ultrasound waves to effectively fragment and transform fat cells into a more easily extractable liquid form.
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*Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Editorial content, before and after images, individual results and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.