Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States. Despite its popularity, many people have questions about the body-sculpting procedure, its benefits and recovery. Here are some of the most common questions we hear about liposuction at Infinity Medical Group and their answers from Dr. Alqulali.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to break down and remove fat in the subcutaneous tissue just under the skin.
Where Is Liposuction Performed?
Liposuction can be performed on many different body areas but is ideal for those parts of the body where fat can be stubborn and doesn't respond to exercise or eating a healthy diet. These areas include:
- Double chin
- Back of neck
- Upper arms/armpit
- Outer thighs (also known as saddlebags)
- Bra strap area
- Abdomen or belly pooch
- Muffin top/love handles
- Male breasts
Is Liposuction Good for Weight Loss?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure; it is a body-sculpting procedure. Patients who are seeking liposuction will be at or near their goal weight and want to remove stubborn fat. Ideal patients are healthy, without underlying health conditions and non-smokers.
For best results, patients undergoing liposuction should also have good skin elasticity and little cellulite.
How Long Does Liposuction Take?
Liposuction can take 45 minutes or more, depending on the amount of fat removed and the number of treatment areas.
What Should I Expect During Recovery?
Dr. Alqulali performs liposuction under anesthesia, so it is important to plan for transportation to and from your procedure. After surgery, you will be required to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and remove excess fluid. Also, you may experience some bruising and pain, which can be relieved with prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers prescribed or recommended by Dr. Alqulali.
Most liposuction patients resume their normal activities within two to four weeks after their procedure, but this can vary with the amount of fat removed and the number of treatment areas.
Tips to Speed Liposuction Recovery:
- Stay hydrated
- Do not smoke
- Follow all post-op instructions from Dr. Alqulali
Is Liposuction Permanent?
Good news! The fat removed during your liposuction procedure is permanently gone. However, if you gain weight, that does not mean that new fat cells won't form in the treated areas. Maintain your results by eating a healthy diet and exercising.
Learn more about liposuction by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Alqulali. Call 888-716-0559 today.