Liposuction is on the rise and continues to be one of the most popular forms of aesthetic surgery. It was the #1 performed cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States in 2011, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Over 313,011 liposuction procedures were performed just last year, being a top 5 procedure for both men and women.
Liposuction is designed to remove fat that is resistant to diet and exercise and is ideal for contouring areas of the hips, outer thighs, buttocks and abdomen, resulting in a slimmer shape that is proportionate to the rest of the body and a boosted self-image. This procedure can be equally effective for both men and women and the best candidates are those that exercise regularly, are at a healthy weight, but have isolated pockets of stubborn fat.
During the procedure, a cannula is inserted through a small, well hidden incision and negative-pressure (suction) is applied while moving the instrument back and forth. This technique breaks up the fat cells and allows them to be drawn out of the body by suction. Liposuction can be performed alone, but in some cases it can be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast lift, facelift or arm lift.
This procedure has a gradual healing process. Results will be seen once swelling and bruising have subsided, but patients can plan to see true results after several months from your surgery. Patients’ results from liposuction are typically long-term, however, it is advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly because weight gain, aging, pregnancy and other lifestyle factors can affect your results.
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