As we age, fat deposits tend to accumulate in various areas of the body. To combat this effect of aging, people often follow a healthy diet and exercise regimens. However, even a healthy lifestyle leaves some people with results that are less than satisfactory.
The main benefit of liposuction is getting rid of body fat that does not seem to respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise. The human body is designed to keep the fat around the middle section for as long as possible as an emergency source of energy.
Another benefit of liposuction is the longevity of the results. The soft tissue is physically removed from the patient's body, which means that it can maintain the results as long as they do not have additional weight.
The main objective is aesthetic. It adapts to those who wish to change and improve the contour of their body. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, altering the shape of the body. However, if the patient does not lead a healthy lifestyle after the operation, there is a risk that the remaining fat cells will grow larger.
Someone who is proportionate but is overweight is not a good candidate for liposuction. In this case, a diet and exercise regime is recommended to lose excess weight. If stubborn fat pockets appear when losing weight, the patient can now be a candidate for liposuction.
Generally, between three and four areas can be done safely with a single liposuction procedure. Most patients only need surgery for all areas of treatment. If additional areas are needed, they can be done as early as 48 hours later.
The final results generally take between 6 and 12 months, but most patients see the beginning of the results within a month. Usually, at 3 weeks, much of the swelling is low and most patients look better than before the surgery and can wear a bathing suit and go on vacation. Before the surgery, expectations will be thoroughly discussed.