If you are plagued with high body fat and want to remove it, one of the ways you can do this is through liposuction. Through this cosmetic procedure, you will be able to get rid of excess body fat that you were not able to do so through diet and exercise.
This procedure is done by a dermatological or plastic surgeon on your arms, buttocks, back, thighs, face, belly, or hips to improve their shape. Liposuction can also be done together with other cosmetic procedures, such as reduction of breasts, tummy tucks, and facelift.
Do I Qualify for the Procedure?
Have realistic expectations before going for liposuction. This is because, this procedure won’t get rid of cellulite, so if you hoped that the surgery will remove them, then you are out of luck.
Just like any other surgical procedure, liposuction comes with risks. This means that you have to be in good health before having the procedure. Therefore, you must:
- Have firm, elastic skin
- Be within thirty percent of your ideal weight
- Avoid smoking
Liposuction is not recommended to candidates who have health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, a weak immune system, or blood flow.
What Should I Know Beforehand?
The first thing you need to do is consult with your physician. Some of the things you should discuss in depth are your goals, available options, their benefits and risks, how much it will cost, and any other issue that concerns you.
If you are sure that the procedure is what you want, the surgeon will instruct you on how to prepare for it in terms of diet and alcohol restrictions.
If you have any allergies, make sure the surgeon knows about them. Also, don’t forget to mention any medications you take, including herbal and over-the-counter supplements. The doctor will likely recommend you stop taking some of them, especially if they are certain painkillers and blood thinners a few weeks before the procedure.
What Should I Expect?
The surgical procedure might take place at a surgery center or at your doctor’s clinic. Make sure that the venue is accredited and is known to practice high professional standards and delivers good results.
The procedure is usually done within a day. Therefore, make sure you have someone to drive you home afterward. But is a lot of fat is being removed, the surgery should be done in a hospital because you might be admitted overnight.
Your doctor might mark the areas of your body that will be operated on before the procedure starts. Some photos might be taken for use later for before-and-after comparisons.
A general or local anesthesia will then be administered to you. If a general one is used, you will be unconscious during the procedure, and if a local one is used, then you’ll be awake but won’t feel any pain.
Types of Liposuction
There are different liposuction techniques available. What they all share in common is the used of a cannula, which is a thin tube connected to vacuum that sucks the fat from your body. Below is a list of the different techniques used for liposuction:
- Tumescent liposuction
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction
- Laser-assisted liposuction
If you are considering the next steps, we would recommend contacting Michigan Cosmetic Surgery Center today.