One important factor to keep in mind is that liposuction won’t stand in for weight loss. What lipo can do, however, is help you achieve a slimmer, shapelier figure once you’ve reached your long-term weight loss goals.
Weight gain typically occurs due to the presence of visceral fat, which develops around the internal organs. Liposuction targets subcutaneous fat instead, which is stored closer to the skin’s surface. While diet and exercise are the best ways to lose visceral fat, subcutaneous fat tends to be more resistant to those methods.
Liposuction is something you’ll want to plan for once you’re at a stable weight and not planning to significantly lose more. But once you’ve reached that point, including liposuction in your post-weight loss plan can help you get rid of unwanted love handles or even out any areas where you feel you may carry a disproportionate amount of fatty tissue.
Other Body Contouring Options
Although our skin is designed to be elastic, stretching or shrinking as needed to accommodate all sorts of physical changes in the body, rapid weight loss that occurs too quickly for skin to adapt can leave unwanted folds of tissue behind. If this is a concern for you after losing a significant amount of weight, you might want to consider getting a tummy tuck in addition to liposuction.
The Avelar tummy tuck uses a specialized technique that combines lipo with a tummy tuck, further enhancing the benefits of both while minimizing your recovery period. Because of the unique layered suturing technique that’s used for this surgery, post-op drains can be avoided and tension on the incision is lessened for a superior final result.
Other areas of the body can benefit from lift procedures as well, including a body lift to improve the lower body as well as the midsection, or a breast lift to raise and reshape sagging or droopy breasts. If breast volume was lost as a byproduct of losing weight, saline or silicone implants can revitalize your figure at the same time. It’s not uncommon to combine more than one body contouring procedure for the best final outcome, especially if a great deal of weight has been lost from all over the body.
The New You
When outlining your New Year’s weight loss goals, it’s important to allow yourself a realistic timeline in which to achieve them. You should plan on considering the above procedures only after you’ve successfully met and maintained a healthy lifestyle for several months, which may include adopting a new diet and exercise regimen. However, once you’ve accomplished the larger goal of enjoying healthier habits, liposuction or any of the other mentioned body contouring surgeries can be great tools to add a new look to your new lifestyle, helping you start out the New Year off on the best possible foot.