Summary: Liposuction is one of the most versatile cosmetic surgeries available. This fat reducing procedure can remove fat from nearly anywhere on the body to reveal new, sleeker contours that would be impossible to achieve through exercise and diet alone. Liposuction can relieve individuals of the stubborn pockets of fat that linger in certain areas of the body. However, there are important considerations that each person should make before signing up for liposuction. Steer clear of these six common liposuction mistakes in order to get the best liposuction results.
1. Choose an Experienced Liposuction Specialist
As with any surgery, only an experienced professional should perform liposuction on you. Although cosmetic in nature, it is an invasive surgical procedure that requires the steady hands of a skilled practitioner. To ensure you get the best results, study up on your prospective cosmetic surgeon’s training and experience. Discuss your treatment goals during a consultation, and ask to see a photo gallery of before-and-after pictures.
2. Achieve Your Target Weight Before Lipo
The best candidates for liposuction are individuals who are close to or at their ideal body weight, but have pockets of fat that are exercise and diet-resistant. Liposuction can help people to achieve leaner contours, but it is not a substitute for a weight loss procedure. Work your way to your healthiest body through diet and exercise and then turn to liposuction for some fine-tuning.
3. Focus on Symmetrical Results
There is an art to liposuction. In the right hands, your surgeon can deftly sculpt away fat to reveal beautiful, lean results, but if you rely on an unskilled practitioner, you may end up with uneven contouring. If too much fat is taken from one area of the body, the results may leave your contours looking out of proportion with the rest of the body. Disproportional contouring is a sign of poorly performed liposuction, and can be avoided by choosing a skilled cosmetic surgeon.
4. Avoid Skin Dimpling
Skin dimpling results from removing fat that’s too close to the surface of the skin. This creates an uneven appearance similar to that of cellulite. An inexperienced practitioner can easily make a misjudgment and take away fat that’s in close proximity to the skin’s surface, resulting in dimpling, ripples or other unsightly imperfections. In order to ensure a smooth finish, look carefully at your surgeon’s previous liposuction results with an eye toward soft contours free of dimpling.
5. Lipo May Not Be Enough for Baggy Skin
Liposuction works best with skin that has good elasticity. Individuals that have loose or baggy skin may benefit from additional or alternative procedures. Many people are plagued with excess skin in the abdominal region, which is why combining a tummy tuck with liposuction can be the most effective way to remove fat as well as extra skin for a flat, smooth stomach. For other parts of the body, Smartlipo™ is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser liposuction to melt fat and tighten skin.
6. Prevent Fat from Returning
When a surgeon removes too much fat from the wrong areas, the body is thrown metabolically off-balance. This can lead to fat eventually returning to the body in new areas, leaving you with more stubborn, unseemly bulges. Working with a skilled, experienced surgeon who understands your appearance concerns and how to work with your natural anatomy can help you avoid disproportionate fat gain and achieve the most beautiful results.