Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove fat that you have not been able to shed using other methods. A doctor performs liposuction on parts of your body that have stored excess fat and become flabby, including the belly, thighs, buttocks, hips, face, or even enlarged breasts on men.
During your initial consult, Dr. Yaghoubian will let you know if you are a good candidate for the procedure by taking a complete medical history and completing a thorough exam. Be sure to tell your doctor about prior health issues and provide a list of all of your medications, including over-the-counter medications and supplements, some of which can act as blood thinners.
People with diabetes or other conditions that may impair healing often are not considered good candidates for liposuction. Dr. Yaghoubian can explain the pros and cons of this particular surgery and discuss what types of results will be possible for you.
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Liposuction does not remove stretch marks resulting from previous weight gain, pregnancy, or aging effects. Additionally, the procedure does not improve skin irregularities, such as dimples or cellulite on the back of the thighs. It is important to remember that the procedure is meant to remove a limited amount of fat, providing more subtle results instead of dramatic changes in appearance.
In some individuals, abdomen fat may lie beneath the muscles and around the internal organs. Liposuction aims to remove fat between the skin and muscles and therefore cannot remove abdomen fat located beneath the muscles. Furthermore, liposuction does not remove loose or excess skin resulting from weight loss, aging, or pregnancy.
Although liposuction often addresses cosmetic concerns, certain medical conditions could also benefit from the procedure. Liposuction can reduce the amount of breast tissue in men suffering from gynecomastia, a condition resulting in excess male breast tissue, skin, and fat. An individual who was obese but has lost at least 40 percent of their body weight could undergo liposuction to remove stubborn fat that exercise and diet have not eliminated.
Liposuction surgery could also be used to remove fatty and benign tumors located underneath the skin. These tumors, known as lipomas, are often found on areas such as the back, arms, neck, shoulders, and torso. Liposuction can also reduce swelling for those with lymphedema, a long-term medical condition resulting in excess fluid buildup in arm or leg tissues. Additionally, liposuction could reduce fat accumulations in specific body areas that are more pronounced due to fat loss in other areas resulting from lipodystrophy syndrome.
Liposuction is not an alternative option for weight loss because it is a procedure for removing a small to moderate amount of excess body fat specifically. Instead, liposuction patients must achieve or get close to their ideal body weight several months before the procedure. In addition, since liposuction focuses on small, specific body areas, it does not remove a substantial amount of body fat to treat obesity.
Instead, liposuction eliminates small areas of fat that do not respond to lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and regular exercise. If a patient wants to treat obesity, other surgical procedures are more effective than liposuction.
Following a liposuction procedure, the treated areas may remain swollen for a few weeks. The results should be noticeable once the swelling has subsided. Final liposuction results may be apparent several months after the procedure, with better results if the patient maintains a stable body weight. However, you may need multiple liposuction treatments to achieve your optimal results and body contours. Dr. Yaghoubian can work with you throughout the surgical and post-operative processes to ensure that your goals are met.