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Benefits and Drawbacks

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The benefits and drawbacks of liposuction often depend on the individual considering the procedure. Liposuction is so versatile that pros and cons will almost always depend on what you want the end result to be.

Liposuction changes every year, so we’re bringing you the liposuction pros and cons for 2017. These pros and cons will vary from person to person—what’s good for you might be bad for your neighbor and vice versa. But it at least help to speak in general terms so you can understand some of the pros and cons.

Modern Pros and Cons for Liposuction

Of course, we’ll be adding some context where we can. That context, in fact, might be the most important bit of this “lipsocution pros and cons” discussion. That context is based on a few things: what people usually want from lipo procedures and how that might be changing.

New technology and innovative approaches mean that liposuction keeps changing. But often those innovations are quite targeted—meaning they don’t improve liposuction as whole. Instead, they improve results for one particular technique. That’s not unusual, but it does help us develop our list of liposuction pros and cons for 2017.

Different Types of Liposuction

There are a surprising number of variations on a liposuction technique. That’s worth mentioning because these “pros and cons”—by the nature of the conversation—won’t take into account all of these nuances. That’s okay. As we’ve mentioned, we’re going to speak in rather broad terms.

The type of liposuction that is right for you will depend largely upon your desired final results. That means liposuction of the arms will employ different techniques than liposuction of the abdomen. And because different techniques are used, different innovations will be developed.

At its core, liposuction is designed to safely and efficiently remove unwanted fat from the body in a way that yields natural-looking results. However, liposuction can employ many different ways of achieving those results, including the following:

  • Liposuction of the abdomen
  • Liposuction of the arms or legs
  • Liposuction of the face and neck
  • Laser assisted liposuction
  • Water-assisted liposuction
  • So-called “Smart” Liposuction

When these techniques are improved and innovated around, it’s usually to give the surgeon more control and create more natural-looking, sculpted results.

Pros of Liposuction in 2017

So let’s get to what really works about liposuction—what really benefits patients of liposuction in the year 2017. Some of these benefits have been around since liposuction was first developed, but that does stop them from being current benefits as well. For most patients who undergo a liposuction procedure, it’s not unrealistic to expect to see at least some of the following benefits:

  • Removal of Unwanted Fat: Liposuction’s primary purpose is to remove fat, so it’s not surprising that this is something the procedure does quite well. Liposuction can remove areas of fat that simply won’t go away with diet or exercise. These stubborn areas of fat can drive people nuts! For those patients, liposuction is a great way to do get rid of that fat.
  • Fat Removal is Permanent: Fat doesn’t “grow back” the way that, say, your hair might after a shave. Once the area of fat is gone, it’s gone. This means, especially if you’re keeping a stable weight, you don’t have to worry about those stubborn areas of fat coming back. For many patients, this kind of effectively permanent peace of mind is a definite benefit of liposuction!
  • Modern Results Emphasize Sculpting: For modern liposuction surgeons, it’s all about keeping the curves you want while getting rid of the bulges you don’t like. In other words, it’s more about sculpting than it is about massive weight loss. And that means results tend to look more natural than ever before.
  • Fat Can Be Used in All Kinds of Ways: Today, liposuction doesn’t have be the end—sometimes it can be a means to another end. Fat graft procedures, such as Brazilian Butt Lift or Fat Graft Breast Augmentation, let patients use their fat for other purposes. This can be a great way to have a natural-looking augmentation procedure performed.

Drawback of Liposuction Procedures

As with all plastic surgery procedures, there are some drawbacks. Some of the disadvantages of liposuction might include the following:

  • Recovery: As with any other plastic surgery procedure, liposuction is going to have a recovery period. Even though the incision is quite small (often less than a few centimeters), your body needs to heal after the procedure. That takes time. For many patients, that time can be something of a disadvantage.
  • You Should Maintain a Stable Weight: Gaining weight after a liposuction procedure has been completed can diminish your results. Because the fat has been removed (and it’s never coming back), this can lead to some problems if the patient happens to gain weight.
  • You May Need a Tummy Tuck Too: One of the major drawbacks of liposuction is just a simple matter of your body doing what your body does. The skin does not have unlimited elasticity, so if you have liposuction later in life, your skin might not “bounce back” and tighten around the newly slender area. In those cases, a tummy tuck (or similar body contouring procedure) might be necessary in order to get results that look natural and complete.

Managing Pros and Cons of Liposuction in 2017

Any plastic surgery is going to have benefits and drawbacks. Many of those pros and cons will be unique to you as an individual. Sometimes, liposuction might be just the thing for your particular situation, but sometimes it might not. The trick is to be able to negotiate with and navigate around those pros and cons.

Part of that has to do with managing expectations. One of the best things patients of plastic surgery can do is have realistic expectations about what their procedure can actually do. That’s especially important with liposuction mainly because it has such a firmly established place in the cultural imagination. People think they know what liposuction can do because they’ve seen it represented on television.

But reality is often different, so it helps to know what you’re in for and what this procedure can actually do for you—including the pros and cons.

The Changing Role of Liposuction

It’s also important to note that sometimes liposuction is the star of the show and sometimes it’s playing something more of a supporting role. In fact, liposuction is used as either a means to an end or as a supplementary procedure often, including during:

  • Mommy Makeover procedures
  • Facelift and neck lift procedures
  • Tummy tuck and other body contouring procedures
  • Brazilian Butt Lift
  • Fat Graft Breast Augmentation
  • Fat graft facelift

Finding the right combination of procedures will be up to you and your plastic surgeon. But the important thing to note is that the role of liposuction has changed, so the pros and cons that go with liposuction have also changed. During your consultation with your surgeon you’ll talk about the benefits you can expect and any drawbacks you might anticipate.

The best place to find out more about liposuction pros and cons for 2017 is from your local plastic surgeon, who can evaluate you and your body for liposuction procedures.

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