What to expect with liposuction

Fit and sporty girl in underwear Improving self-image and confidence often starts with a healthy body weight. Patients who have excess weight will find that working out at the gym and eating right can help them reduce their weight and enhance their body. However, there are times when certain areas of the body stubbornly retain fat cells. This is common in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, flanks, and upper arms. To target these specific areas, many patients consider the benefits of certain plastic surgery procedures designed to contour the body, including liposuction. Liposuction is the manual removal of unwanted fat cells from a certain area of the body to reshape the body, improve contours, and reduce fat deposits that impact a patient’s overall appearance.

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction, sometimes referred to as lipoplasty or a “surgical lipectomy,” is the removal of excess fat and tissue from the body. It has been performed for years and continues to be a popular way for patients to address problem areas. General anesthetic is used to ensure the patient is comfortable, and small incisions are made where a cannula, or tube-like device, is inserted. The cannula suctions out the fat cells in the treatment area for permanent removal.

What areas can be treated with liposuction?

There are many parts of the body that are perfect for liposuction. Some of the more popular areas include the:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Flanks
  • Upper arms
  • Double chin/neck
  • Breast/chest
  • Cheeks
  • Bra line
  • Buttocks
  • Knees and ankles

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Patients often misunderstand liposuction, considering it a weight loss treatment. However, it is not. It is actually a body contouring procedure and is best performed on patients who are within their ideal weight range and are active and living a healthy lifestyle. It is not intended as a way to lose weight, though some patients do notice a drop in weight due to the removal of fat cells.

Call Orlando, FL area doctor to learn more about liposuction

If you have been considering liposuction, Dr. Kenrick A. Spence of Hillcrest Plastic Surgery encourages you to take the time to speak to him about your options and discuss candidacy. Call (407) 999-2585 to request a consultation visit with our team at 130 Hillcrest Street. We are open to new and returning patients.

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