What you should know about liposuction

If you have stubborn fat and your best efforts with diet and exercise haven’t been able to eliminate it, then you’re probably considering liposuction. This increasingly popular cosmetic procedure can get rid of those fat pockets for good, but there is so much you should know about it. Read on for frequently asked questions about liposuction.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat just under the skin that resists diet and exercise. 

What areas can liposuction treat?

Liposuction is an effective way to remove unwanted fat pockets in several areas of the body. Some of the more common areas include the hips, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, under the chin and even on the face. 

Can liposuction be done with other cosmetic treatments?

Liposuction is often performed with other cosmetic treatments as it enhances their results. The most common surgeries include face lifts, breast reductions and tummy tucks. 

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

If you are in good health, at or within 30 percent of your ideal weight and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure, then you would be a good candidate for liposuction. It’s also important that you don’t smoke or plan to quit if you do smoke. 

What is recovery like? 

You can expect bruising, swelling and soreness for a few weeks after the procedure. You may need to wear a compression garment for several weeks or a couple months to help with healing. 

Are the results permanent?

The fat cells removed during liposuction are gone for good. But if you gain weight back, you will develop new fat cells that go to different areas of your body. That’s why it’s important to follow a healthy lifestyle after your procedure. Exercise regularly and consume a diet with lots of lean protein, fruits and vegetables and whole grains. 

Liposuction can enhance results of other cosmetic procedures or on its own can help you sculpt the body you desire. To learn more about liposuction and whether you are a candidate for this procedure, call (773) 763-3990. 

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