When it comes to targeting fat and slimming down bumps and bulges, liposuction is the gold standard. Our Richmond, VA, patients love using this procedure to create the trim, toned body of their dreams. However, while liposuction is a very effective treatment, it’s not always the best choice for every situation. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what liposuction “is” and “isn’t,” giving you some perspective before committing to the procedure.
Liposuction IS: A Way To Contour Your Body
Although there are many types of liposuction, they all share one goal: to remove unwanted fat. The procedure works by using a thin tube (called a cannula) to suction fat from the midsection, arms, thighs, chin, breasts, and more. Ideal candidates have good skin elasticity and do not smoke (or are willing to stop smoking before and after treatment).
Liposuction ISN’T: A Weight Loss Procedure
Despite its excellent ability to remove fat, liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure. The surgery won’t dramatically change the number on the scale or help you instantly shrink multiple pant sizes. Liposuction works best on patients who are within 10 to 15 pounds of their goal weight. During your consultation, your doctor will analyze your body and determine if you’re ready for the procedure.
Liposuction IS: A Way To Escape The Need for Shapewear
Many women turn to Spanx and other shapewear brands to hide unwanted curves. Shapewear is an easy way to smooth out trouble spots and fit more comfortably into clothing. Unfortunately, many of these garments are itchy, constricting, and uncomfortable. Liposuction solves this problem because your body will be naturally contoured, meaning you don’t need to squeeze into any garment to feel your best.
Liposuction ISN’T: A Replacement for Diet and Exercise
Getting rid of fat can be a difficult, frustrating experience. Good nutrition, portion control, and working out regularly aren’t always enough to flatten your tummy or tone your flanks. Still, even when liposuction is the only effective way to remove the fat and reveal your true shape, that’s not the time to abandon healthy habits. To maintain your results, you should continue to eat nutritious foods and stay active.
Liposuction IS: A Treatment That Can Be Combined With Others
Liposuction is a highly versatile procedure that can be used in a variety of ways. It often plays a role during a mommy makeover or tummy tuck surgery to help moms get back to their pre-pregnancy shape. When used alongside other procedures, your liposuction results can be more noticeable and comprehensive. Ask your doctor if combining liposuction with another treatment may help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
By knowing what to expect from liposuction, Richmond, VA-area men and women can head into their procedure with confidence. If you would like to request a consultation, use our online form or call us at (434) 924-1234.