For many people, looking and feeling good means having a fit, well-proportioned body. However, very often this may seem like an unreachable goal. Sometimes even a strict diet or a disciplined exercise program can’t conquer stubborn areas of excess fat. For those who seek a smoother or better-proportioned body contour, liposuction may be the answer.
What is liposuction surgery?
After puberty, we do not create new fat cells in our bodies. People gain or lose weight by altering the amount of fat in each cell. Liposuction through tiny incisions permanently suctions out excess fat cells from areas with stubborn deposits and thus permanently removes fat cells to improve the body’s shape. While it is still possible to gain weight after liposuction, the distribution of fat is more even around the body rather than localized in specific areas such as the love handles and the tummy.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is equally effective in both men and women but is ideally suited for healthy individuals of near-normal weight. Liposuction is not a weight loss method and it is not an alternative to diet and exercise. While it is possible to undergo liposuction at almost any age, you will obtain the best results if your skin has enough elasticity and firmness to achieve a smooth contour following fat removal. The best candidates are those who are in good health, don’t smoke and have realistic expectations.
Dependent on the number of areas that one would like to liposuction, the procedure will generally take between 1 and 3 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. During the liposuction procedure, the fat in the area that undergoes liposuction is safely and effectively removed. The tiny incisions used are hidden and usually significantly fade over time and usually become imperceptible.
What is the recovery period after a Liposuction?
You will receive instructions from Dr. Motakis concerning caring for your incisions while you recover from surgery. On average, it takes 1 to 2 weeks to recover from liposuction. You will continue to have some swelling part that point, but that will improve over several months, slowly revealing your new and improved figure. It is recommended to have lymphatic drainage massages to expedite recovery, improve smoothness and decrease swelling faster. A supportive garment will be provided to you and will need to be worn for a 4-6 weeks after the procedure. Initially, you should expect a few days of swelling and bruising with discomfort which is treated with mild analgesics. You will likely be able to resume light activities 48-72 hours after your surgery, however, it is recommended any physical activity such as exercise only be resumed only after the second week. You will likely need approximately 5-7 days off from work.
What are the risk factors of liposuction surgery?
Dr. Motakis makes every effort to execute the procedure in the most meticulous way, however, as with any surgery, reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, changes in sensation are among the risks of liposuction surgery, although these are extremely rare.
Are there any alternatives to liposuction surgery?
Currently, liposuction remains the gold standard for permanent fat reduction. However, in cases where the fat excess is minimal, fat reduction may be accomplished with the use of a radiofrequency device known as Body Fx©. Although multiple treatments are required, the area treated will become visibly smaller over the period of a few months. This non-invasive procedure is painless and requires no downtime.
Can liposuction be combined with other procedures?
Many of Dr. Motakis’ patients combine their liposuction procedure with other cosmetic procedures offered at the clinic. These procedures frequently include fat grafting to other areas such as the face, or other facial procedures such as blepharoplasty.