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.
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
Are you put to sleep for liposuction?
Most patients receive general anesthesia for liposuction, but some liposuction procedures can be performed under local anesthesia or twilight sedation alone.
Does fat come back after lipo?
Fat cells are permanently removed during liposuction. It is possible to gain weight after liposuction, however, it will likely be stored outside of the treated area.
Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?
Liposuction results are best for those who are at or near a healthy weight. It is not designed as a weight-loss procedure.
Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?
Liposuction is not a suitable treatment to reduce cellulite, and in some cases can make dimpling appear worse. If you are concerned about cellulite, ask your plastic surgeon what your best options are.
Can visceral fat be removed?
Visceral fat cannot be removed using liposuction. This type of fat is too deep within the body to be surgically removed in this way.
Does liposuction really work?
Liposuction is an effective way to remove fat and create a more toned body contour.
Does a tummy tuck remove fat?
A tummy tuck can remove some fat from the abdominal area using liposuction.
How can I avoid weight gain after surgery?
After your liposuction procedure, avoid weight gain by following a balanced, healthy diet and exercising regularly.
How can I lose tummy fat fast?
Some methods of losing abdominal fat include increasing your exercise, following a sustainable and healthy diet that includes fewer carbs, and avoiding processed foods. If you still have excess fat, liposuction is an option.
How do you shower after liposuction?
After liposuction, it is best to avoid showering for about 24-48 hours. Then, avoid getting any sutures wet if possible and carefully pat the treated area dry.
How can I reduce my stomach fat?
You can reduce stomach fat by adopting a healthy, balanced diet and exercising more. Most people will still have some unwanted residual fat even while following a healthy lifestyle. If this is the case, liposuction is an option.
How does fat transfer work?
Fat transfer involves removing some fat from a donor area of the patients body using liposuction, then injecting it to another area. Fat transfer is frequently used to add volume to the face, breasts, or buttocks.
How dangerous is liposuction?
Liposuction is safe for most patients, but like all surgeries, there are some risks. These include bleeding, reactions to anesthesia, or infection. These can largely be avoided by carefully following your plastic surgeons instructions.
How does Lipo work?
Liposuction works by breaking apart fat manually, then suctioning it away using a cannula.
How do I prepare for liposuction?
To prepare for liposuction, you should avoid smoking or taking blood-thinning medications, fast for about 12 hours before the surgery, and plan for a trusted family member or friend to drive you home from the procedure.
How long do you drain after lipo?
After liposuction, many patients have drains in place. Fluid typically drains from the incisions for the first several days of the healing process, usually no more than a week.
How long do you need off work after liposuction?
Most people return to work about two weeks after they receive liposuction.
How painful is liposuction recovery?
Most patients will experience moderate pain or soreness for the first few days of their liposuction recovery, but this can be managed using pain medication.
How much does it cost to get liposuction on your stomach?
The average cost of liposuction for the stomach is about $3,500 nationally.
Is it easier to lose weight after liposuction?
For most patients, it is much easier to maintain a healthy weight after liposuction. Some see this as an advantage when trying to lose weight as well.
How much does liposuction cost without insurance?
Liposuction is generally not covered by insurance, so this is not a factor in your out-of-pocket cost. The average cost of a liposuction procedure is about $3,500, but this varies.
Is Lipo permanent?
Liposuction permanently removes fat, but it is possible to gain weight in other areas in the future.
How much fat can lipo remove?
On average, you can remove up to 5 liters, or 11 pounds, of fat in a single liposuction procedure.
Is liposuction an outpatient procedure?
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home as soon as the surgery is complete.
Is there a weight requirement for liposuction?
There is no set weight limit for a liposuction candidate. You should be at or near a healthy weight before choosing liposuction.
What is Lipo Laser?
Laser liposuction uses a laser to melt fat below the skin, making it easier to remove using liposuction or damaging the fat cells to the point that the body naturally metabolizes them.
What can you eat after lipo surgery?
After liposuction, make sure you follow a healthy diet that prioritizes protein such as lean meat, fish, or beans and legumes. This will help you heal quickly.
What is the best type of liposuction?
The best type of liposuction varies from patient-to-patient depending on the area they wish to treat and other factors. Dr. Howland will recommend the treatment plan that is best for you.
What do they do with liposuction fat?
Following liposuction, fat can be injected into the body in an area such as the breasts, buttocks, or face. Otherwise, it is discarded.
What is ultrasonic liposuction?
Ultrasonic liposuction uses ultrasound waves to liquefy fat, making it easier to suction away.
What is AirSculpt Lipo?
AirSculpt is a minimally invasive body sculpting procedure that is sometimes an alternative for liposuction.
What types of liposuction are there?
There are many types of liposuction available. Some common options include tumescent liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, and laser-assisted liposuction.
Who is good candidate for liposuction?
A good candidate for liposuction has some areas of stubborn fat that they cant remove with diet and exercise alone. They should be generally healthy overall, including being at or near a healthy weight.