Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery body contouring procedure that removes unwanted fat and recontours the targeted area for a more aesthetically-appealing look. Here are answers to some common liposuction questions.
Is liposuction a weight loss procedure?
Liposuction is not an obesity or weight loss treatment; it selectively removes persistent subcutaneous fat — fat that’s directly under the skin — that you have not been able to get rid of through diet and exercise.
Before surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will ask to lose as much weight as you can, as the results will be better if you are at a healthy weight prior to surgery.
What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?
Liposuction can be used to treat many areas of the body where fatty deposits are found, including the abdomen, neck, chin, chest, upper arms, hips, thighs, knees and ankles.
Does liposuction remove cellulite?
Liposuction is not a cellulite removal procedure. Patients should be aware that sometimes removing the fat just under the skin can actually worsen the dimpled look, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). Talk to your cosmetic surgeon about what kind of results you can expect from liposuction, based on your body.
Does the removed fat come back after liposuction?
Fat does not return to the area treated with liposuction, according to the AACS. However, it is recommended that you keep up a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and exercise.
While a recent study did find that fat may come back and be redistributed in other areas of the body after liposuction, researchers reported that the women in the study were happy with their results.
For more information on liposuction, contact Will Surgical Arts in Ijamsville, Maryland.
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