Losing weight, especially large amounts, can be a tiresome and emotionally difficult process. It can be tempting to skip the hard work and utilize a plastic surgery option in order to achieve weight loss, and some individuals migrate toward the use of liposuction. However, unlike other cosmetic surgery procedures, like Lap-Band surgery, liposuction is not recommended for overall weight loss.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction removes fat cells by suctioning fat through small tubes placed into tiny cuts made in a patient’s skin and is often combined with a tummy tuck or other cosmetic procedures, like a breast lift. An anesthetic is used and the procedure can be done in an outpatient center, like our Orange County facility, allowing the patient to recover comfortably at home. In order to reduce swelling and bruising, the area that received liposuction treatment is wrapped with a compression garment. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days to a few weeks, although each situation depends on the individual. It can take several months to see the full results of a liposuction procedure. Liposuction does not help with cellulite, and the results of liposuction are only long term if you remain at a healthy weight. If you start to gain weight, new fat cells can develop elsewhere on your body.
Why Won’t I Lose Weight?
Liposuction is a relatively straightforward procedure with a quick recovery time, and could appear to be an attractive “fast result” option for someone looking to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. However, you will typically only lose about six to eight pounds of fat as a result of the procedure, and removing too much fat in one procedure would actually result in less than attractive results in the form of loose, saggy skin. Rather than losing weight, liposuction is actually best for improving the look of stubborn problem areas, like the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. If you are close to a healthy weight and just need help improving the look of some areas, liposuction may be a good choice for you.
If you are looking for a noticeable amount of overall weight loss, focus on a diet and exercise regimen. If you still have trouble losing weight, you might be a candidate for weight loss surgery, such as the Lap-Band.