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A few important facts
you should know about liposuction

Surgical procedure also known as lipoplasty

Trying to achieve the desired body shape through strictest diets and heavy exercise regime can be a rather frustrating process. Since most exercises and diets are both time-consuming and insufficient to reach the ideal weight, many overweight people decide to undergo a cosmetic surgery called liposuction. Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves suctioning out excess fat from the specific body parts with the aim to even out body proportions and improve body contours.

Before and after liposuction surgery
Liposuction surgery involves removing excess fat from specific body parts, 
to improve its contours.

It is one of the most popular and frequent cosmetic procedures and is still on the increase. However, there are a few things people are unaware of or are not well-informed about prior to undergoing this procedure. Here are a few essential things every person should know before becoming a candidate for liposuction.

Are you the right candidate?

Front and back view
Front and back view of a woman's hips section, before and after liposuction surgery.

It’s of great significance to get properly informed about all the details regarding lipoplasty by doing meticulous research, talking to people who have had a similar procedure and, most importantly, consulting a medical expert to find out about all of its benefits and downsides.

Moreover, besides being aware of your physical and mental state and making sure that you are generally healthy, it is important to have realistic expectations regarding this cosmetic surgery.

For instance, if you’re striving for an all-weight loss or if you have too much loose skin, maybe you should turn to some other, more traditional alternatives. However, if some bulkier areas of your body greatly affect your body contour, you might consider liposuction as a reasonable alternative.

What are the possible side-effects?

Like any other plastic surgery, liposuction might also cause various side-effects. One of the most common are the small scars that might develop in natural creases such as a belly button. Also, the surgical process can involve some risks and possible complications such as excessive bleeding, cardiac and pulmonary edema and damage to nerves, muscles and some organs. In addition, contour irregularities such as uneven skin surface or saggy and bulky skin might occur in which cases many patients decide to repeat the surgery and expose themselves to even greater risk. While most of the side-effects are fairly rare, they need to be taken into consideration in order to avoid any serious health issues.

Illustration of liposuction planning markings
Illustrating the body parts where most of liposuction cosmetic procedures are done

What are the ultimate results?

Before and after liposuction
Frontal view of a woman's body
before and after liposuction procedure

Majority of people decide to undergo cosmetic surgery for cosmetic reasons and a large proportion of them are generally satisfied with their post-operative appearance.

However, a lot of them are not aware of the fact that full liposuction results can be visible only after one to three months following the surgery. Due to heavy swelling and bruising which might take up to six months to resolve, the initial results of liposuction can seem minimal.

The final result can be fully judged after six months which is a necessary period of time for skin to tighten over the area where liposuction has been performed. Also, the results might not seen in the same way by different patients which is why it is always advisable to have reasonable expectations.

What liposuction cannot do?

According to the medical experts specializing in liposuction from Sydney, liposuction can remove from one to ten pounds of body fat which immediately excludes the possibility of a dramatic weight loss. The primary goal of liposuction is to shrink targeted areas and not to reshape the entire body figure. If you wish to remove a large amount of fat from your body, you might consider having multiple liposuction surgeries or combining it with other techniques such as abdominoplasty to achieve slimmer figure. Also, the appearance of cellulite will not change significantly after an operation. While liposuction can help cellulite removal, you should bear in mind that there is no magic which can permanently eliminate it.

After liposuction on a more slender body
Liposuction surgery is often done to attain a more slender figure

While liposuction undoubtedly helps many people rejuvenate their body contours and achieve more aesthetically pleasing appearance, everyone should be properly informed about all the undesired effects and necessities it entails.

All above images courtesy of Creative Commons

Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate writer. In her free time she enjoys writing interesting and informative posts on women's health and fitness related themes.

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