What to Know If You're Considering Liposuction

Published on September 30, 2021
By Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana

Liposuction is the most requested cosmetic surgical procedure in the world. However, not so many people understand what this procedure entail, leading to many misconceptions about it. The following are important facts you need to know about liposuction to help you make an informed decision about getting one.


Liposuction Is Not a Weight-Loss Alternative


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves removing unwanted fat cells and excess fat. However, it is not a weight-loss alternative or a weight-loss method. The main aim of getting liposuction surgery is to remove stubborn fat from specific areas of the body such as the neck, arms, buttocks, thighs, hips, and abdomen.


After the surgery, you may lose a few pounds, but only in the sections that are treated. Basically, this surgical procedure reshapes and redefines body contours that are not responding to exercise and diet.


Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?


Liposuction is recommended for people at or near their ideal weight and have stubborn fat that cannot be reduced through dieting and exercising.

Non-smokers who are in good health also make good candidates for liposuction. Additionally, you should have firm, elastic skin. If you have lost a lot of weight and have loose hanging skin, getting liposuction can make the problem worse.


How Long Do the Effects of Liposuction Last?


There is a misconception that if you get liposuction in one area of the body, the fat may eventually show up in another part of the body. The truth is that while liposuction permanently removes fat cells, this does not mean that you cannot gain weight in the future. You have to continue exercising and eating a healthy diet to maintain your ideal weight and shape.


What Is Recovery Like After a Liposuction?


After a successful surgery, you can expect to resume your normal duties within two to four weeks or less. The recovery period depends on the amount of fat removed and the areas treated. Getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, and following medication instructions will reduce the recovering time.


For more information on liposuction, visit Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana at our office in Lafayette, Louisiana. You can call (337) 221-9855 to book an appointment today.