Despite a healthy diet and regular exercise routine, many people find that they can’t get rid of stubborn fat in their abdomen, thighs, back, or arms. Liposuction is a highly effective method of permanently removing these excess fat cells to reveal a toned, athletic body contour.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body shaping procedure that is done to surgically eliminate stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is a very versatile procedure, and can treat many areas of the body, including the thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, upper arms, back, inner knees, calves, cheeks, chin, neck, and more!

Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Patients who have targeted areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise and desire a more proportionate, sleeker body contour can often benefit from liposuction. It’s also important that you have good skin elasticity to ensure that liposuction does not result in loose, sagging skin. Patients with poor skin elasticity may be better suited to another body contouring procedure, such as an arm lift, thigh lift, or body lift. Liposuction candidates should be near their goal weight, and be healthy, non-smokers. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss solution for those who are obese.

What to Expect From the Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is performed using a small, thin tube called a cannula, which is inserted through small incisions. The cannula will be moved back and forth to break up fat deposits. When this step is complete, a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula suctions out the excess fat.

The tumescent liposuction technique is also a popular choice among patients. This technique involves injecting a special solution of local anesthetic, lidocaine, and other medications before suctioning out fat, which causes the blood vessels to shrink. This minimizes the amount of blood loss and post-surgical pain.

Pairing Liposuction with Other Procedures

For some patients, their goal results can’t be achieved through liposuction alone. Thankfully, Dr. Howland can recommend a customized treatment plan which pairs liposuction with another procedure to ensure you reach your ideal results.

Liposuction is frequently utilized alongside procedures like a tummy tuck, for example. Tummy tuck patients have loose, excess skin through the abdominal region in addition to stubborn fat deposits, and liposuction is commonly used to achieve a tummy tuck. Patients may choose to have liposuction in other areas of the body alongside their tummy tuck, such as the back or “bra roll.”

It can also be beneficial to pair liposuction with a breast procedure, such as an augmentation or reduction. Changing the shape or size of the breasts changes the proportions of the body overall. Liposuction can be utilized to enhance a curvy body contour when paired with a breast procedure.

Liposuction Results

During the liposuction procedure, patients can expect to have drains inserted. These drains will need to stay in place for about a week to help collect any excess fluids from the body during recovery. Special compression garments will also need to be worn to lessen any swelling. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Typically, patients will wait one to two weeks after liposuction before returning to work to rest and heal. A majority of swelling and soreness dissipates within three to five weeks. The exact amount of downtime needed will depend on the invasiveness of the surgery and individual anatomy as well as your lifestyle. For example, patients with physically demanding jobs will require more time before they are ready to return to work. It is important to follow Dr. Howland’s post-op instructions for a safe recovery experience.

If you are interested in liposuction to eliminate stubborn areas of fat, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Howland. We serve patients in the Salt Lake City and Draper, UT areas.

FAQs about Liposuction

Is liposuction dangerous?
Liposuction comes with some associated risks as does any surgical procedure. There are certain side effects that might come from liposuction such as contour irregularities, swelling, and bruising. Dr. Howland will go over all of the possible side effects during the consultation appointment.

Does fat come back after liposuction?
The liposuction procedure removes the fat in the treatment area. The fat will not return in the area, but patients can still gain weight and gain fat overall.

Can liposuction get rid of belly fat?
Liposuction Is a good option to remove fat in body areas like the hips, thighs, buttocks, or stomach. If you have large amounts of fat and loose skin, another procedure might be better suited.

Does liposuction leave scars?

Liposuction will result in very small, discreet scars from the incisions made during the procedure. These scars can be minimized by following aftercare directions carefully during your recovery process.

Will liposuction get rid of cellulite?

Whether or not liposuction will diminish the appearance of cellulite depends on many factors, including your unique anatomy and your skin’s elasticity. Dr. Howland can recommend an effective treatment for diminishing cellulite after a thorough consultation.