Frequently Asked Questions on Liposuction

Frequently Asked Questions on Liposuction

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery in which fat from different areas of the body is extracted by means of thin cannulas (2-4 mm) that are interjected beneath the skin through small incisions. The cannulas are connected to a vacuum system that allows for the aspiration of excess fat tissue. There are multiple different types of liposuction and every year, newer and safer techniques are being pioneered.

Is Liposuction a method for weight loss?

No. It is important to keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight loss tactic, but a method to shape the body and reduce the deposits of fat that, despite a healthy diet and physical exercise, cannot be reduced. It is not meant to be seen as a weight loss technique and will not be performed on obese or severely overweight patients. Liposuction is great for those who have lost weight naturally but struggle with a few small areas that just won’t budge.

Can the removed fat come back?

During liposuction, the cells (adipocytes) responsible for the accumulation of fat are eliminated. However, it is necessary to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, since considerable increases in weight can cause the adipocytes remaining in the treated areas to increase in size. For this reason, MI lipo surgeons strongly emphasize a healthy diet and exercise regimen after liposuction.

Can Liposuction remove cellulite?

Liposuction is not an effective method to treat cellulite. However, by eliminating the volume of fat in certain areas, removing fibrous septa and favoring lymphatic drainage, significant improvement can be obtained, but they do not disappear completely. Light cellulite may disappear after liposuction although critical cellulite areas will not be affected.

Which body parts can be treated?

Liposuction can be performed practically anywhere in the body where there is an accumulation of fat, such as the abdomen, buttocks, legs, ankles, knees, arms, etc. In addition, liposuction is used as part of fat grafting so that the fatty tissue removed after processing can be used to mold other areas of the body as a way to provide volume. The most common example is using fat grafts in a Michigan breast enhancement.

Who can perform liposuction?

This type of procedure should be performed only by a board-certified plastic surgeon in Michigan trained in the technique of liposuction and liposculpture in Michigan. Although it is considered a simple surgery is a meticulous surgical intervention that should not be underestimated, which requires a lot of skill and immeasurable technique to get good results, and that as such should be performed by a specialist in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.

Unfortunately, many cosmetic surgeons in Michigan who offer liposuction are neither board certified nor trained in liposuction. An inexperienced plastic surgeon or a plastic surgeon who does not perform this specific treatment often will greatly increase the risk of a complication o For this reason, we recommend requesting a consultation with SurgeonGate, to ensure you work with a local specialist. 

What type of anesthesia is used during the procedure?

It depends on the areas that need to be treated as well as the amount of fat that needs to be removed and the preferences of the patient and the surgeon, either way, anesthesia will be used during liposuction.

– Local anesthesia could be used for very small and localized accumulations of fat cells (double chin, pubic region) as well as to obtain the necessary fat for a filling with posterior autologous fat.

– General anesthesia: In cases where the procedure must be performed in large and scattered areas of the body.

– Locoregional anesthesia: For areas located in the lower abdomen and lower limbs, epidural anesthesia may be used, especially when combined with a Michigan tummy tuck procedure.

Will Liposuction hurt?

Liposuction can cause pain and discomfort in especially the first few days. The most intense pain occurs during the first week after surgery and is not usually too high or disabling (although the perception of pain is very different from one person to another), the pain is usually controlled by the administration of analgesics and anti-inflammatories. After the first week, the pain decreases a lot so that it is not usually necessary to continue with the analgesic treatment. After 2-3 weeks of the surgery, the patient can lead a normal life.

Are the results immediate?

No. Immediately after surgery there is a significant inflammation that decreases during the first weeks. After a month you can see certain changes. However, as the edema slowly disappears, the permanent results of lipo are realized after approximately 6 months. Therefore if you submit to this treatment you have to have patience.

Are the results worth it?

For most, yes. But in order for each patient to be satisfied with the result, it is necessary that they have realistic expectations of the treatment. The dissatisfaction with the results of liposuction is usually due to a lack of knowledge of the surgical technique or to the lack of information about the objectives of liposuction. Some people also expect liposuction to be a miracle procedure, which it is not.

That is why an initial assessment by an experienced plastic surgeon who is going to perform the procedure is very important. The surgeon must explain very well to the patient who is going to undergo liposuction everything that the treatment entails, the advantages, the inconveniences, the possible complications, the realistic results that can be expected, and all the costs related to Liposuction in Michigan.

What complications can arise?

Like any medical procedure, liposuction is not immune to complications. However, in the hands of an expert surgeon, these are minimal. This is why we highly recommend requesting a consultation with SurgeonGate to ensure you are working with the best in your city. We also recommend following our liposuction blog to stay up to date on new techniques.

Bleeding, anemia and, very rarely, infections may occur. Other uncommon complications are the asymmetries in the treated areas and the appearance of irregularities of the contour of the skin, alterations of the healing, loss of skin, seromas or changes in the sensitivity of the skin.

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