If you have stubborn fat in specific body areas that does not seem to respond to diet or exercise, consider the potential of liposuction. This popular procedure helps you achieve a more desired contour by addressing isolated deposits of fat. Our experienced plastic surgeons at The Ottawa Clinic most often perform liposuction on such areas as the thighs, buttocks, lower abdomen, flanks, hips and waist; however, this treatment can be performed on virtually any body area. For decades, liposuction has helped millions of patients eliminate areas of extra fat with beautiful results.
While it can be a great option for people who are having trouble losing excess pockets of fat, we emphasize that liposuction is not a weight loss technique and cannot treat obesity. The ideal candidate has limited pockets of fat with good quality elastic skin (i.e. minimal overhang or stretch marks).
If you would like to learn more about liposuction and how it can help you achieve your goals, please contact The Ottawa Clinic.
The Benefits of Liposuction
Liposuction is an extremely versatile procedure that can be custom-tailored to address a wide variety of patient concerns. Localized fat deposits may develop in nearly any part of the body, and liposuction can effectively eliminate these excess fat cells. Additional benefits of this common cosmetic procedure can include:
- Enhanced definition and contours at the treatment area
- A slimmer, more toned appearance
- Improved fit of clothing
- Boosted confidence
- Minimal downtime and recovery
- Long-lasting results
Some patients choose to combine liposuction with an additional body sculpting procedure such as tummy tuck or arm lift surgery for an even more significant transformation.
Is Liposuction Permanent?
Once we reach our adult age, the number of fat cells in our body remains stable for the rest of our lives. When we notice weight gain from excess fat, this is due to the fat cells increasing in size. Conversely, when we lose weight, the size of the fat cells decrease.
Liposuction targets troublesome areas of the body that tend to store excess fat. By removing the fat cells in a specific area of the body, the patient’s total number of fat cells is permanently reduced, and the ability to regain weight in that area of the body is diminished.
However, patients are still able to gain—and lose—weight after liposuction. While the number of fat cells cannot increase, the remaining fat cells may still grow bigger. On the plus side, patients who lose additional weight after liposuction may notice the results of their liposuction improve. Some patients even find that losing weight is easier after they have undergone liposuction.
The best way to maintain the results of liposuction is to lead a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise are key components to the longevity of a patient’s results.
While liposuction can be a great option for people who are having trouble losing excess pockets of fat, we emphasize that liposuction is not a weight loss technique and cannot treat obesity. The ideal candidate has limited pockets of fat with good quality elastic skin (i.e. minimal overhang or stretch marks). Ideal candidates for liposuction typically share these common qualities:
- Stubborn, excess fat in isolated areas of the body
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a nutritious diet
- Good overall health
In general, ideal candidates for liposuction have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 35. Patients with a higher BMI are at greater risk of developing complications as a result of liposuction. The best way to determine your candidacy for liposuction is to schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon.
The Liposuction Procedure
To perform the surgery, your plastic surgeon will make small incisions through which the thin suction cannulas can be inserted. Using careful guidance and suction, fat is gently removed from under the skin, gradually resculpting the target areas.
Liposuction can be a less invasive alternative to other surgical procedures, but it can also be used in combination with other treatments. This is often done with such procedures as abdominoplasty, breast lift, and breast reduction for a more comprehensive enhancement.
Recovery from Liposuction
During your recovery from surgery, the treated areas are secured in compression garments to help control swelling. Should you experience any pain or discomfort, medication can help make recovery more comfortable. It is normal to experience mild bruising, but this should quickly fade. Patients can typically resume normal activities within the first week, but you should refrain from exercise and other strenuous activities for at least three weeks.
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