Many women have a lot of questions about these procedures and there is sometimes a lot of confusing information found on the Internet- here are the top three questions for each.
Liposuction helps remove the stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t go away, even with diet and exercise.
Most of my patients get liposuction in the abdominal area to flatten their stomach, the waist and hip area to remove love handles and create an hourglass shape, the inner thigh to create more space between their legs, and their upper back to remove fat around the bra line.
Does fat move to other parts of the body with liposuction?
No, fat doesn’t move around after liposuction.
Liposuction removes the total number of fat cells from the areas that are treated.
I tell my patients to imagine they are made of clay and liposuction carves and removes the excess clay to create a better shape.
What causes rippling or irregularities or “bad liposuction?”
Rippling or irregularities occur when liposuction is performed too superficially or large cannulas are used without blending.
The best way to get a good liposuction result is to go to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has extensive experience with liposuction.
I perform liposuction with very small cannulas only a few millimeters in diameter and remove the fat with a lot of cross-hatching (fat is removed from different incisions in different directions).
This helps blend the fat creating a smooth result.
Do you lose weight with liposuction?
In general the fat that is removed does weight a few pounds, however liposuction is for re-shaping, not for weight loss.
Patients retain water weight when they have swelling after the first few weeks of surgery so by the time the swelling resolves, other factors like diet and exercise affect a patients weight more than the volume of fat lost.
However, for most people, having an improved shape helps kick-start a healthier lifestyle and most of my patients have lost weight and been healthier after they have liposuction.