Liposuction is a great way to remove excess fat in many body areas. Some parts of your body are more suitable for liposuction than others. The good thing about the human body is that it can heal itself with the proper care and attention. Since its introduction in mainstream plastic surgery, liposuction has evolved from being a procedure used only for spot reduction, to one that is used for overall body contouring. Continue reading to find out which parts of your body are favorable for liposuction!
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to remove fat and reshape body contours. There are different techniques used for liposuction, and the final results vary based on the method and the body part being treated.
Liposuction is typically performed on hips, stomach, thighs, buttocks, arms, and neck. However, other areas of a person’s body may be considered depending on the specific areas they wish to treat.
Does liposuction permanently remove fat?
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the body. However, if you gain weight after liposuction, you may develop fat in the areas where liposuction was performed (as well as anywhere else in your body). Liposuction surgery does not prevent your body from naturally doing what it does.
Liposuction removes the fat between your skin and muscle. The fat is sucked through a vacuum hose into a sterile canister, which is disposed of later. If after surgery there is no change in diet and you don’t exercise regularly, your body will inevitably accumulate new fat tissues.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
Age and weight are not factors that significantly impact the outcome of liposuction surgery. Good candidates for liposuction are normal-weight individuals with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. They are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and have realistic expectations.
Consult with a professional
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction surgery is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will discuss your cosmetic surgery options and recommend a course of treatment adapted to your needs.
Near ideal weight
Liposuction is performed on patients with good skin elasticity and who are near their ideal body weight. The liposuction procedure removes localized fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not a perfect substitute for weight reduction.
A good candidate for liposuction is between the ages of 20 and 50. While it is possible to perform liposuction on individuals over the age of 50, the elderly take longer to heal and have a greater risk of complications.
What is the best place to get liposuction?
Liposuction is done in just about every country, and some of them have embraced this cosmetic surgery more than others. Turkey, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Czech Republic, and Poland are all countries with experienced plastic surgeons.
The cost of a liposuction procedure depends on the technique used, the amount of fat removed, and the surgeon’s experience. The prices in Turkey are lower than in other countries, as they start at $ 710. However, we recommend comparing all the options before making your final decision. Most people prefer finding a plastic surgeon that speaks in their language of preference.
What are the most common body parts that can be treated with liposuction?
Here are the most common body parts that can be treated with liposuction:
- Upper arms
- Love handles
The abdomen is one of the most popular areas for liposuction surgery. As we age, our skin becomes looser, and we often accumulate pockets of fat around the stomach area. This can leave us with an unflattering pot belly or muffin top appearance. Liposuction can be used to contour the abdomen, leaving you with a flatter, more toned look.
While liposuction on the back may seem like an unusual choice, it is very effective for some people. Many women have a bra line bulge or back fat that they are unhappy with, while some men develop fat there as they age or get out of shape. Liposuction can be used to remove unwanted fat from these areas, leaving you with a slimmer, sleeker profile.
Many people struggle with unwanted fat on their thighs. This excess fat can cause the thighs to rub together when walking, and make it hard to find flattering clothes to wear. Liposuction can give you sleeker-looking thighs to make you feel more confident in your clothes and body.
4. Upper Arms
Excess fat in the upper arms can cause them to droop a little too much and make people feel self-conscious about exposing their arms, or even moving them as they please. Liposuction procedures on this area slim down your upper arms, and make patients feel more comfortable doing what they want with their arms.
Many women find themselves overly burdened with their large breasts. They can cause several health problems, including back pain and posture issues. If you have big breasts and want them to be smaller, consider the tumescent liposuction technique for breast reduction.
Another common issue for many people is having too much fat around their buttocks. This can cause clothing fit, back pain, and posture issues. If you’re looking for a way to get rid of this extra fat around your buttocks, consider liposuction.
One of the most common areas where people receive liposuction is the face. If your face has stubborn fat deposits around it (e.g., double chin), liposuction can help. Liposuction will create a more sculpted appearance by eliminating excess fat. This procedure can also help you look younger than your actual age.
8. Love handles
Love handles are another part of the body where liposuction can be performed successfully. This is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for removing excess fat from the part of the abdomen and hip region. The procedure will help you get a slimmer and smoother waistline by removing excess fat from both sides of your waist. This will make your clothes fit better, and enhance your overall appearance.
What happens during the liposuction procedure
The liposuction procedure is straightforward. It involves injecting an anesthetic solution into targeted areas of the body to numb the area. A small incision is made, and a thin tube called a cannula is inserted to get rid of excess fat cells, which are then suctioned out of the body.
Step 1: Anesthesia
The choices include local, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia. Tumescent liposuction uses tumescent fluid, which is a solution made of dilute lidocaine, an anesthetic, and epinephrine to shrink capillaries. The tumescent fluid does two things. First, it anesthetizes the patient for surgery. Second, it causes vasoconstriction, which reduces bleeding during surgery.
Step 2: Incision
The doctor makes an incision near the area to be suctioned to insert a tube that loosens excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The loose fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
Step 3: Results
You will be able to see initial results right away as swelling subsides in the coming months following your surgery.
How painful is liposuction recovery?
Recovery can be excruciating and uncomfortable for certain people. Typically, the pain subsides after a week. It is important to remember that each person experiences pain differently, depending on their tolerance level, and the surgery procedure performed. It is common to experience burning and itching after surgery.
This burning sensation usually lasts for two or three weeks. You may also experience bruising, swelling, or skin discoloration. After your liposuction recovery period, you should be able to return to your normal activities, including exercise. However, you may have to take it easy for the first couple of weeks after recovery, especially if you are not used to being active.
What are the side effects of liposuction?
Side effects of liposuction include:
- Poor wound healing
- Blood clots in deep veins (deep vein thrombosis)
- Damage to nerves or other tissues
- Reactions to anesthesia
- Changes in skin color and sensation
If you want to get liposuction, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our clinic. Dr. Moufarrège is Fellow of the Royal College of Surgery and an Assistant Professor of Plastic surgery at the University of Montreal. His years of experience are unparalleled in Quebec, making him the reference for liposuction in the greater Montreal region.