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Is Liposuction A Weight Loss Alternative?

Posted on February 25, 2014 by: Dr. Rocheford

Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that is used to remove excess fat deposits to slim and reshape specific areas of your body. Liposuction is not for weight loss.  Rather it is for the stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.  If you are struggling to change your shape even with proper diet and exercise, schedule a consultation with your local plastic surgeon, who will help you determine  whether or not liposuction is the best body-contouring option for you.

Are You a Candidate?

Ideal candidates for liposuction should be in good overall health with a reasonable level of fitness. While some individuals may have disproportionate contours, it is important that candidates are no more than 30 pounds overweight. Your plastic surgeon will screen for risks or medical conditions that may rule out liposuction as an option.

How Liposuction Works

Your plastic surgeon will start by administering general or intravenous anesthesia. After making several small incisions, your surgeon will then pump the incision sites with a sterile solution to reduce bleeding and trauma. A small hollow tube, or cannula, is then inserted to loosen and dislodge excess fat. The fat is suctioned out and removed using a syringe or surgical vacuum.

Recovery

After the procedure is complete, your surgeon will use compression garments or elastic bandages to cover the treated areas and control swelling. In many cases, your surgeon will place a temporary drain in the incision sites to remove excess fluid. Be sure to ask your surgeon about specific requirements regarding wound care, pain medications, and resuming daily activities.

Benefits

Liposuction provides a variety of benefits, including treating stubborn fat pockets in your thighs, arms, hips, neck, waist, back, and even calves and ankles. When combined with a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, liposuction can completely re-contour your body profile. Help improve your body’s proportion and your self-confidence with liposuction cosmetic surgery.

Diet and exercise don’t work for all of us. If you’re struggling to change your shape on your own, then liposuction may be the solution for you. Rocheford Plastic Surgery provides liposuction and other cosmetic surgery procedures for your needs. For patient information, procedures, testimonials, location, or to schedule a consultation, visit our website today!

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