If your healthy lifestyle has left you with areas of hard-to-remove fat, you might be a perfect candidate for liposuction. This procedure removes fat from targeted areas to shape and sculpt your figure so you can enjoy the results you have worked for.
What is Liposuction?
Some areas of the body tend to resist fat removal. These areas include the abdomen and thighs, although these stubborn pockets of fat can occur anywhere on the body. Liposuction targets problem fat and removes it to leave it looking more contoured. Liposuction can sculpt and slim many areas, almost anywhere you can accumulate and struggle to get rid of fat.
How Does Liposuction Work?
To perform liposuction, Dr. Mashhadian will insert a cannula through a small incision. The cannula breaks up fat and suctions it out of the body. He may use standard tumescent liposuction or VASER ultrasound technology to help liquefy the fat for easier removal. The incisions will be hidden in natural skin creases to disguise them. Liposuction works best when used on specific regions of resistant fat that have not gone away even if you lead a healthy lifestyle. It is a body sculpting procedure and not intended for weight loss.
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
The best candidates for liposuction lead a healthy lifestyle but have areas of fat that keep them from achieving their aesthetic goals. You should have good skin elasticity to prevent loose skin. Good candidates maintain a stable weight and have committed to maintaining it in the future since weight gain can compromise your results.
If you have any significant health problems, take blood thinners, or smoke, you may not make a good candidate. Smoking impairs blood flow and the healing process, so people who want to have a surgical procedure should plan to quit several weeks before. ‘
Where Can I Have Liposuction?
Many people have liposuction in the abdominal area. Abdominal fat may resist all your efforts to budge it, and if you have worked for tight abs, you do not want them hidden under a layer of stubborn fat. Other popular areas include:
- Love handles
- Behind the knees
- Neck and chin
Dr. Mashhadian will help you determine whether liposuction is your best option for your areas of fat. If you have loose skin along with fat in the problem area, he may recommend excess skin removal and tightening. This includes procedures like an arm lift, neck lift, or tummy tuck.
Is Liposuction Part of a Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction can improve the results of many procedures, along with removing fat by itself. Liposuction works very well with a tummy tuck, addressing love handles and other areas the tummy tuck does not reach. Liposuction can remove excess fat before procedures like an arm lift. For significant loose skin, liposuction alone will not achieve the desired results. Instead, it can improve body sculpting and shaping during procedures like a tummy tuck.
Dr. Mashhadian will review his plans for your procedure in detail, so you will know if it includes liposuction for body contouring. If you have loose skin without excess fat, you may not require liposuction, but liposuction may improve your results if you have pockets of fat along with your loose skin.
What is Recovery Like From Liposuction?
Dr. Mashhadian has developed Recovery EXL, his own recovery plan that helps you get back on your feet and back to your everyday life in less time. This plan uses pain management techniques to reduce the need for pain medication. It often has people back to work and regular activities within one week after their procedure. You will feel some soreness and notice some bruising and swelling in the area, but this will fade over the next few days and disappear within a few weeks.
What Results Will I See From Liposuction?
After the swelling goes away, you will see your slimmer, more sculpted figure emerge. The areas where you had liposuction will look smoother, more slender, and flatter with no more bulges of fat. Depending on where you had your liposuction, you may see a smaller, more defined waist, contoured hips, smaller thighs, or even a diminished double chin.
How Long Does Liposuction Last?
Liposuction removes fat cells, and the ones removed will not grow back. Your results should last as long as you maintain a consistent weight. If your weight increases, the fat cells that remain can still expand. If you maintain your healthy lifestyle, you should not see your stubborn fat again. Liposuction results can last a lifetime.