Do you have certain areas of fat that just don’t go away, even with extensive exercise? Liposuction may be the answer. Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to improve body contour and proportion by removing lumps, bumps and pockets of fatty tissue using narrow suction tubes through small incisions.
Fat pockets are often resistant to exercise and diet. Resistant pockets may be something that is genetically determined, so you shouldn’t blame yourself for them. I know that these pockets can be resistant to extreme exercise because I have done this procedure on aerobics instructors and fitness trainers. Liposuction is not intended as a weight loss technique, but rather a procedure used to change the shape and contour of the body.
At some point during the early developmental years, the number of fat cells in your body becomes constant. After this point, when you get heavier, the fat cells get bigger. When you get lighter, the fat cells shrink. But, they do not divide or increase in numbers. So when fat cells are removed during liposuction, they are removed permanently. This means that if you maintain a stable weight, your result should be stable as well. If you were to gain weight, it will be distributed more evenly on the body rather than go to your trouble zones.
In women, typical areas for liposuction include the abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs, knees, back, arms and neck. Trouble zones for men commonly include the abdomen, love handles, chest and neck. A few hours after surgery, patients go home wearing a compression garment that helps limit swelling and improve contour.
Liposuction is an artistic expression as it involves sculpting the body into a more desired shape. Often times, liposuction is combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation or abdominoplasty.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction is to schedule a consultation, either in person or virtually from the comfort of your home or office. During this consultation, the liposuction procedure is explained in detail and all of your questions are answered. To schedule an in person or virtual consultation, please contact my office at 925.736.5757.
I look forward to hearing from you… and exploring the possibility of sculpting a new you!
By Stephen J Ronan, MD, Blackhawk Plastic Surgery, Resident Since 2007