Liposuction continues to be a popular choice for fat loss in stubborn areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. At Plastic Surgery Arts Center in Webster, Texas, Dr. Jan Garcia, offers liposuction to reduce problematic fat in areas like the belly, hips, buttocks, upper arms, and even the neck.
If you’re wondering if liposuction is for you, here’s what our team wants you to know.
Liposuction is not a weight-loss strategy
Liposuction is for targeted contouring and fat loss. It’s not a substitute for diet and exercise when it comes to getting to a healthy weight. Liposuction works best when you’re within about 30% of your ideal body weight.
Once you’ve gotten this close to your ideal weight, you may notice that certain areas of your body just aren’t responding to your weight-loss efforts. You may have extra thickness at your thighs or bulges around your belly that keep clothes from fitting right and keep you feeling self-conscious about your appearance.
Liposuction does wonders for these pockets of fat. Liposuction actually sucks out the unwanted fat using special tubes and vacuum devices, creating a more contoured look.
Liposuction requires minimal recovery time
Liposuction uses small incisions and doesn’t disturb a lot of extra tissue, making for a relatively quick recovery, especially when compared to a more invasive procedure like a lipectomy.
You’ll be placed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the area (or areas) to be treated. Most patients go home to recover the day of the procedure and are able to return to work within a few days. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks.
You should be in good health
Candidates for liposuction are nonsmokers and in generally good health. If you have diabetes or heart disease, Dr. Garcia carefully considers your case before scheduling you for the procedure.
We want to make sure your body and immune system are strong enough for healing.
Liposuction can only do so much
During your initial consultation, Dr. Garcia sits down with you to explain your expected results.
Yes, you’ll lose inches and look more shapely and contoured, but the procedure won’t translate to a lot of pounds lost on a scale. Liposuction can’t change cellulite, either.
You won’t notice the results of liposuction immediately. You’ll have some bruising and swelling in the first few days of your recovery. The swelling persists for a few weeks, but expect to see about 90% of your final results between one and three months after the procedure.
Liposuction also doesn’t prevent you from gaining more fat in the future. Maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet and regular exercise to keep a healthy size and shape.
At Plastic Surgery Arts Center, our team is ready to help you with all your surgical aesthetic needs. Make an appointment to find out if liposuction or another procedure is right for you. Call us today or use the “book online“ button on this website.