When it comes to body contouring procedures, liposuction is one of the most known procedures on the market. However, just because we all know it by name doesn’t mean we know exactly what it is or how it works. Today, we want to clear up the waters where things got a little muddy and answer your top five questions about liposuction, how it works and if it’s a good option for you.
1. What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical cosmetic procedure in which fat is removed from the body using a thin, hollow tube called a cannula. This procedure is perfect for patients who have worked hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and need a boost to lose those last stubborn pockets of fat around their body. While liposuction is most popularly performed on the midsection, lipo can also be done on the flanks, thighs, back, upper arms and under the chin for the perfectly contoured body.
2. What is Typically Involved in a Liposuction Surgery?
Liposuction is usually performed under a local or general anesthetic, depending on the extent of the procedure needed to help you achieve your desired results. Once the anesthesia is administered and kicks in, Dr. DePerro will make very small, 5mm long incisions in your treated area. These are the incisions in which the cannula will be inserted. With a gentle suction, the fat will be removed from the body. Once all of your desired fat is removed, the incisions are sutured and you’ll be ready for recovery.
3. How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The cost of your liposuction procedure is going to be just as unique as your body is. Because of this, we can’t really give you a good estimate as to how much your procedure will cost. The best way to find out how much you’ll be paying for your liposuction procedure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. DePerro. He’ll sit down with you, listen to your concerns and develop a fully personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your ultimate aesthetic goals. To help you pay for your liposuction procedure, we offer financing options that allow you to break down your overall bill into smaller, more manageable monthly payments. We also have regular specials that help you save some cash on your favorite products and procedures with no strings attached!
4. Is Liposuction a Good Way to Lose Weight?
Ultimately, liposuction should be seen as more of a weight-loss booster than a substitution to a healthy and active lifestyle. Ideal candidates for liposuction are within 30lbs of their ultimate weight goal, follow a regular exercise routine and maintain a balanced diet, and have kept their weight stable for several months leading up to their procedure. If you’re looking for a quick and easy procedure just to help you lose weight, liposuction may not be the right solution for you. Instead, let liposuction help you make the final strides you need in order to reach your ultimate goals.
5. Does Liposuction Really Work?
In short, yes. Liposuction really does work! Once the fat is removed from your body through the cannula, it is never replaced with new fat cells. This means the results of your liposuction treatment have the potential to be permanent with the help of a healthy lifestyle. This does not mean, however, that you will never gain weight in your treated areas ever again. Remember that existing fat can expand and spread, meaning the results of your liposuction treatment have the potential to be disrupted with excessive weight gain or pregnancy.
If you’re starting to think liposuction may be a good option for you, call our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. DePerro. He’ll be happy to sit down with you, answer any questions you have about the procedure, and help you weigh out the pros and cons before making your final decision.