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The Truth About Liposuction

Posted in Cosmetic Procedures, Liposuction

As cosmetic surgeries go, liposuction is one that’s an extremely sought-after procedure because of the perceived dramatic results it can achieve. It’s the second-most popular aesthetic surgical procedure in the United States, and is often seen as an instant weight reduction technique. Although liposuction does make you look better in a month or so after the surgery, there are certain factors about this procedure that you need to know before you agree to go under the surgeon’s knife:

  • Liposuction does not cause a dramatic reduction in weight. It only removes excess fat from certain areas with the aim of making you look better.
  • The maximum amount of fat that can be removed in a single day without any undue complications is between 6 and 8 pounds. If you do need to remove much more than that, your surgeon will schedule more than one operation, each performed 3 to 4 weeks apart.
  • The results show between 1 and 3 months after your surgery.
  • Liposuction is not an alternative to a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine. While you do look better after the surgery, it’s up to you to ensure that you continue to look good by eating the right kinds of food and exercising regularly to prevent fat from accumulating in your body.
  • Research has proved that liposuction patients are three times more likely to gain weight if they don’t follow a proper diet after the surgery.
  • They’re four times likely to add on the pounds if they do not exercise regularly.
  • If you gain 10 percent of your body weight after the surgery, you’re going to find yourself with fat deposits in areas that were not surgically treated. So if you had liposuction on your stomach, inner and outer thighs, and your buttocks, you may find yourself putting on weight on your face, breasts, back and legs.
  • If you gain a large amount of weight, you will start showing signs of fat around the areas where you had liposuction too.
  • Liposuction helps remove fat that’s under the skin, not the deposits that are in your abdominal cavity. So you may not have a flat stomach after the surgery. You have to follow a proper diet and exercise routine to get rid of this fat.
  • It also does not change the natural shape of your abdomen. You need to get rid of a rounded tummy by training your abdominal muscles.
  • Liposuction does not improve the quality of your skin. So you’re bound to be left with sagging skin and cellulite after the surgery. Only proper exercise can get rid of these for you.
  • Liposuction does not remove all the fat from the targeted areas in your body. Some cells are left behind to prevent your skin from sticking unnaturally to your muscles and tissues. These cells are capable of storing energy, and when this energy is not expended in the form of exercise, it turns into fat.

Liposuction is the easy way to reducing and controlling your weight. It’s not a shortcut to a great looking body, one you can take bypassing the roads of diet and exercise altogether. It only makes you look better by removing the stubborn deposits of fat from certain areas of your body that refuse to go even after exercising and dieting correctly. Besides, you need to ensure that your body weight does not vary drastically during the 6 months prior to your surgery. Talk to your healthcare provider and be well informed before you decide that this surgical procedure is for you.


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