Liposuction is a surgical technique used to improve the body’s shape by removing the excess fatty deposits located between the skin and muscle. A good candidate for liposuction would be any person in good health, with realistic expectations of weight loss through liposuction. Liposuction can often provide substantial improvements, but it’s not a replacement for diet and exercise. Liposuction is often used in patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, but who are left with areas of fatty tissue or cellulite that just will not respond to their best efforts to slim down. It can also be used in patients of normal weight who have specific areas of fat and cellulite they would like to have removed in order to look and feel their best.
In women, the most common areas treated by liposuction include the abdomen, breasts, hips, outer thighs, anterior thighs, inner thighs, knees, arms, buttocks, cheeks, and neck. In men, the most common areas treated are the chin and neck area, abdomen, “love handles,” and breasts. After liposuction, the new shape of the body is almost permanent as the fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back. Soreness is usually present in the two- to four-day period after the liposuction procedure and then decreases gradually. Because of the significant decrease in swelling, inflammation and pain after tumescent liposuction, patients are able to return to normal physical activities very soon after tumescent liposuction.
A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia and combines not only liposuction, but also excision, to remove fat as well as a large section of skin. In many patients, liposuction in the abdomen can sometimes provide equivalent or better results than a tummy tuck. Because liposuction is safer and causes less scarring compared to tummy tucks, abdominal liposuction is now far more common than tummy tucks.
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