If you’re considering liposculpture, you probably have a few questions to help you decide if it’s the right procedure for you. Finding the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about liposuction before your consultation can help you to get the most out of your visit with your cosmetic surgeon and better prepare for your liposculpting procedure.
1. What Is Liposculpture?
Liposculpture is a body contouring tool that takes liposuction to the next level. Rather than just removing excess fat cells, liposculpture also involves subtly sculpting the contours of your body to help smooth and reallocate remaining fat to maximize your sleek, smooth results.
As with a traditional liposuction procedure, you may choose to combine lipo with a fat transfer breast augmentation or a Brazilian butt lift. These procedures utilize the excess fat cells taken from other areas of your body in order to provide a very natural-looking boost of volume in your breasts or buttocks.
2. Who Is the Right Candidate?
Nearly anyone who is in general good health and is at or nearly at their target weight can be an excellent candidate for liposculpture. Even when you stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan, some stubborn areas of fat can be resistant to these weight loss methods. When this is the case, liposculpture can help to contour virtually any trouble spots you have.
During your consultation, you can discuss your specific goals with your cosmetic surgeon to determine if liposculpture alone or combined with another procedure might be the best fit for your needs.
3. How Much Weight Can I Lose?
Because liposuction isn’t a weight loss tool, most people do not see dramatic weight loss after their procedure. Instead, liposculpture helps to address stubborn pockets of exercise-resistant fat that are keeping you from achieving the sleek contours that you want.
For this reason, the best candidates will already be at a stable weight and are looking to fine-tune the shape of their body. Even though you may only lose 2 to 5 pounds, you should see and feel a noticeable difference in the way your clothes fit.
4. Liposculpture or Tummy Tuck?
Liposculpture does offer the added benefit of removing fat and subtly sculpting and reshaping your curves, but it still can’t address loose or excess skin and muscle tissue. If these are concerns for you, in addition to stubborn fat, you may want to combine your liposculpture procedure with a tummy tuck.
Many women who are striving to get their pre-baby bodies back opt for a liposuction and tummy tuck combination to tighten and firm loose skin and muscle in the abdominal area, while also achieving a sleeker, more toned-looking shape.
When combined, liposculpture and a tummy tuck can provide very complementary results.
5. What Areas of the Body Liposculpture Treat?
While liposculpture can treat nearly any area of your body, some of the most common trouble spots include the waist, love handles, upper arms, thighs and male chest. Liposuction can also be an effective tool to help smooth away the appearance of a double chin, as stubborn fat in this area is often due to genetics and therefore typically doesn’t respond to diet and exercise alone.
6. What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
The size and number of areas being treated will determine the length of your procedure. However, liposculpture is typically completed as outpatient procedure, and either general or local anesthesia can be used.
Most liposuction procedures are performed using a method called tumescent liposuction. First, your cosmetic surgeon will carefully place several small incisions in the area to be treated. Next, he or she will inject a special solution to ease the process of removing excess fat cells. Then, your cosmetic surgeon will use a small tube called a cannula to remove the unwanted fat.
7. What Is Recovery Like?
Although you may see some results directly after your procedure, swelling and bruising are common side effects that generally last for several weeks before completely diminishing. Because of this, you may seem to gain weight right after getting liposuction, but this normal and only temporary.
Most people are able to return to work and light activities within the first week after liposuction, though you should avoid heavy lifting and exercise for 2 to 3 weeks. During this time, you will be asked to wear a special compression garment to help ease swelling and promote blood flow.
8. When Will I See Results?
Over the next weeks and months following your liposculpture, you should see your final results begin to take shape. Keep in mind that some residual swelling may still be present for several months, so don’t be discouraged if your results aren’t appearing as quickly as you would like.
As your body continues to heal and recover, you will gradually see the smooth, sleek results you want start to develop. It’s important, though, not to rush your recovery period or push your body to do too much too soon, as this can slow the healing process and interfere with your final outcome.
Generally speaking, most people see their final results from liposuction within 3 to 6 months.
9. How Do I Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon for Liposculpture?
Once you’ve done your research and made the decision to go ahead and schedule your liposculpture consultation, the next step is to find the right cosmetic surgeon for your procedure. Even though it can be a relatively quick and easy process when performed properly, liposculpture still requires skill and expertise.
Therefore, you want to be sure that your cosmetic surgeon has had extensive medical schooling and training, experience performing liposuction and other body contouring procedures and is a member of accredited organizations such as the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.