Body fat accumulates slowly over the years, leaving you wondering how to eliminate the problem. Fortunately, plastic surgeons offer liposuction to sculpt your body back into shape. Here are four frequently asked questions about this procedure and its benefits.
What to Know About Liposuction
Who Is a Candidate for This Procedure?
Although many people assume that liposuction is great for weight loss, the best candidates are individuals who are close to their goal weight but have fat deposits disrupting their natural body contours. Candidates should also be in good health and committed to following doctor’s orders to reduce the risks of complications.
How Does It Work?
Because liposuction is an invasive procedure, doctors put the patient under general anesthesia. The target areas are injected with a mixture of local anesthetics and epinephrine, which helps the blood vessels constrict and prevents bleeding. After the area is ready, doctors create small incisions in the skin to access the fat layer, and a metal cannula is used to suction out the unwanted cells.
What Is the Healing Process Like?
Although patients may feel some discomfort in the treated areas following surgery, your doctor will work hard to control pain levels. Swelling and bruising are common following liposuction, but these symptoms resolve within weeks. If you work, plan on taking at least a week off to recover.
Will the Results Last?
Once fat cells are created in your body, they are always there unless they are removed through surgery or liposuction. Although people commonly refer to “burning fat,” cells lose water, but won’t be destroyed. Because liposuction involves physically removing fat, the results are long-lasting, as long as you don’t return to poor eating habits or a sedentary lifestyle.
When you are ready to transform your look and feel better than ever before, turn to Dr. Bryant at Bryant Cosmetic Surgery in Lincoln, NE. With more than 30 years of experience and a commitment to offering the highest level of patient care, this plastic surgeon will help with everything from rhinoplasties and facelifts to liposuction. To learn more, visit his website or call (402) 484-7001.