Losing weight can be challenging. If you have recently adopted a healthy diet and routinely exercise, you may have discovered that while you have lost weight overall, your body still may retain fat in certain areas that even your new healthy lifestyle hasn’t helped to diminish. This so-called “stubborn” fat is not an indication of an imperfect health maintenance plan or an indication that you are not doing enough to achieve your body goals; in fact, it’s just simple biology. Some fat will not respond to diet and exercise; however, this does not mean that individuals should give up hope.

Today, individuals have more options available to them than ever before to reduce or even eliminate stubborn fat, and among the most effective of these options is liposuction. Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure which allows your surgeon to remove excess and unwanted fat deposits from the body using state-of-the-art equipment with safe and long-lasting results. Once this fat is removed, you can enjoy permanent results; your body will not regenerate new fat cells in treated locations. If you maintain a healthy weight, you will not gain fat this fat back in other body areas, either, yielding you substantial and long-lasting results.

Liposuction Can Improve Many Key Body Areas

Liposuction treats the body areas that trouble clients most, including:

  • Neck and chin
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen and midsection
  • Upper and lower back
  • Hips and flanks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Calves and behind the knees
  • Male breasts

While liposuction is a versatile treatment that can improve many body areas, it is not the only method to remove fat effectively. Dr. Odinet will thoroughly examine you during your consultation and determine whether liposuction is the best treatment for your needs. If an alternative treatment is better suited to your goals, such as CoolSculpting, he will discuss that option with you so you can make an informed decision about how you would like to proceed.

What Will Happen During Your Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Odinet usually performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia at his AAAASF surgical facility, but in some instances, local anesthesia and sedation may be used if minimal body contouring is to be achieved. An overnight hospital stay may be recommended if you have elected to have liposuction in combination with additional cosmetic procedures, but liposuction is often performed as a stand-alone procedure.

At the start of your procedure, Dr. Odinet will inject anesthesia in the form of tumescent fluid into the treatment area. Once the fluid has been administered, Dr. Odinet will make small incisions to allow the insertion of the cannula, the small tube which will loosen and suction away excess fat. The incisions, which are very small, usually do not require suturing and are bandaged after receiving treatment. Patients will wear compression garments to minimize swelling and help the skin reveal your new body contours after recovery.

You can also have liposuction in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures for more rejuvenation. Procedures commonly paired with liposuction include:

  • A neck lift
  • An upper arm lift
  • A tummy tuck
  • A thigh lift
  • Male breast reduction

Recovering From Liposuction

Patients who have liposuction will have a recovery period even though the procedure is minimally invasive. Bruising and swelling are normal around the incisions sites after liposuction, and soreness and tenderness are also common for the first few days after the procedure. Pain medications will be prescribed to you to ensure each patient’s comfort, and rest is highly recommended during this time. Most patients will feel comfortable enough to return to work within the first week, and they may return to more vigorous physical activities in about a month. Dr. Odinet will clear patients for more activity during their follow-up visits.

Your Liposuction Results

Bruising and swelling are a natural consequence of a liposuction treatment, but they are temporary and will subside within a few days. Once these side effects pass, patients will begin to notice their results, a smoother and more toned midsection that will complete the look they began to achieve through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Patients with good skin elasticity will typically be unable to distinguish the area where they had liposuction from adjacent areas.

Liposuction is a way to sculpt and tone the body after a patient has achieved a healthy size and weight; it is not a means to achieve dramatic weight loss. Also, for qualified candidates who have had liposuction, it is important to maintain their healthy lifestyle to continue to enjoy their results. While fat loss after liposuction is permanent, and patients will not gain future weight in areas treated by liposuction, they may still gain weight in other areas which can adversely affect their overall look.

Liposuction Performed by Dr. Odinet Complement Your Healthy Lifestyle and Complete Your Look

Creating an individualized course of treatment is at the heart of a consultation with triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kenneth Odinet. Every patient can achieve their ideal look if they embrace a healthy lifestyle and carefully choose cosmetic procedures to enhance their results. Finding the right balance — which is what you and Dr. Odinet will discuss in-person — can boost your self-confidence and invite true happiness and fulfillment. Dr. Odinet will ensure the procedures you choose are appropriate, are performed with the utmost safety and meet your specific cosmetic goals. Dr. Odinet and his staff want all their patients to enjoy a great look and good health.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Odinet today by calling (337) 234-8648 to secure your consultation date and learn more about the benefits of a liposuction procedure. The beginning of a new look is only a phone call away.