How much weight can you lose with liposuction?
Everyone aspires to have a healthy, attractive figure that garners admiration and appreciation. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, without medical help, achieving this beautiful shape is not attainable with traditional exercise and nutrition approaches. A cosmetic operation known as liposuction is one approach to efficiently create a contoured physique, even when poor genes and/or a post-pregnancy belly are a concern. Read on to discover more about this process and how much weight you may expect to lose realistically:
What is liposuction and how does it work?
A plastic surgeon does liposuction, also known as suction, aided lipoplasty, or lipectomy, which is a cosmetic surgical treatment. This treatment suctions fat out of various parts of the body. Many people seek liposuction to help them achieve a better balance of body proportions. To complete their appearance, many women opt for a breast lift or augmentation. When patients have loose, extra skin, they may also choose for a belly tuck.
Is Liposuction Effective for Weight Loss?
Liposuction should not be used to lose a significant amount of body fat. You might expect to lose between 1 and 10 pounds of fat at most. While larger amounts of fat, and thus weight, can be removed, there is a higher risk of complications, so most plastic surgeons will limit their removal to 11 pounds or less. Some even have a lower restriction, refusing to remove more than 8 pounds of fat due to the risk of complications.
What Is Liposuction Really Good For?
During a liposuction operation, only a small amount of weight should be eliminated. Rather, it’s a planned technique for making big changes in a limited number of areas. It is mostly a cosmetic operation aimed at improving the appearance of the body rather than losing weight.
How long does it take for the effects of liposuction to show?
Between one and three months after surgery, patients commonly notice the outcomes of their Santa Monica liposuction treatment. It’s fairly uncommon for people to experience some postoperative edema just after surgery. This will make it tough to see outcomes. Patients should expect to observe effects once the swelling has subsided. In most cases, they will see 90 percent of the changes within four weeks.
Will Liposuction Help Me Get Rid of My Post-Pregnancy Belly?
Yes, in a word. To counteract the affects of pregnancy on the abdomen, some plastic surgeons prefer liposuction over a stomach tuck.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction and Who Isn’t?
Patients who are great candidates for liposuction will have both muscle tone and skin suppleness. Patients who are close to their goal weight, that is, within 30% of what they want to weigh, have the best results. Liposuction is particularly beneficial for people who have localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. For the best liposuction results, patients should be in good overall health and nonsmokers. Patients who need to drop a substantial amount of weight or who are not in good enough health to do the treatment safely should avoid liposuction.
Is Liposuction Effective in Removing or Reducing Cellulite?
Unfortunately, liposuction is not recommended as a cellulite therapy. It’s crucial to keep in mind that liposuction might alter the contour of the body but not the texture of the skin. Cellulite can be treated in a variety of ways.
Is it possible for patients to regain weight or fat lost through liposuction?
While liposuction removes fat cells temporarily, new fat cells can form permanently, particularly in other places of the body. Patients who maintain their body weight, on the other hand, will not have to worry about fat cells returning. Patients should be able to see the results of their liposuction even as they age provided they maintain their body weight and stay active.
Talk to board certified Santa Monica plastic surgeon Reza Nabavian MD about liposuction today.
Reza Nabavian MD
2001 Santa Monica Blvd #1180
Santa Monica, CA 90404