Liposuction is a flexible procedure that may be used as a stand-alone treatment to remove fat deposits and contour trouble spots, or in conjunction with other plastic surgery services to eliminate excess fat and smooth the skin tone.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of stubborn fat that doesn’t dissipate with exercise and changes in diet, the plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts can help you determine if liposuction is right for you.

Liposuction Candidacy and Expectations

Good liposuction candidates are nonsmokers who are within a healthy weight range and plan to maintain a stable weight. Those seeking liposuction are generally recommended to be within about 10 percent of the ideal weight range.

Liposuction patients should also have healthy skin tone with good elasticity. Although liposuction does remove some excess fat, it is not a weight-loss procedure. It is intended to eliminate stubborn fatty deposits and contour the tissue. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your aesthetic goals as well as liposuction’s advantages and limitations during your consultation.

Treatable Areas and Types of Liposuction

Liposuction is most often used to treat those areas of the body where fat tends to accumulate regardless of diet and exercise:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Calves
  • Hips
  • Thighs

Liposuction may also be used to treat certain areas of the face, such as jowls or loose, fatty skin around the neck. It’s important to note that liposuction is a broad term that applies to many different techniques and types. Each type of liposuction has unique benefits, and your surgeon will help you understand your options.

Liposuction and Other Plastic Surgery Procedures

A multifaceted procedure, liposuction is often used as a complement to other plastic surgery treatments including:

Your surgeon will ensure you understand all of your plastic surgery options before recommending a procedure based on your personal needs and cosmetic desires.

Liposuction Recovery and Results

Most liposuction patients are able to resume work and light, routine activities within a week. However, recovery time varies based on the extent of treatment and whether the liposuction was part of another surgical procedure.

Patients may require a compression garment for a few weeks after surgery, and most swelling and bruising will subside during this time. Your surgeon will review your recovery expectations and guidelines with you in detail prior to your procedure.

While liposuction actually removes fat cells from your body, fat cells will remain in the treated regions. These cells can reform fat deposits without regular exercise and a quality diet. A healthy lifestyle will help you maintain your liposuction results for years.

To learn more about liposuction treatments or to schedule your personal consultation with one of our accomplished plastic surgeons at Precision Medical Arts, please contact Precision Medical Arts today.