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