Are you bothered by excess fat that just won’t go away, even though you exercise and eat healthfully? If you want a bit more change than a non-surgical body-contouring system can offer you, liposuction is a great choice.
Pregnancy changes the body. You’re thankful for your family, but you wish that “love fat” still on your abdomen would disappear.
If you’re going through or past menopause, you’ve noticed changes in your body, too. Fat deposits are redistributed when estrogen levels plummet, and your hourglass shape may have expanded to look more like an apple. The fat on your upper arms may begin to hang loosely. You might notice bulges below your buttocks that weren’t there a year ago. Liposuction can work on any of these trouble spots.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeff Angobaldo with Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Plano, Texas, has performed hundreds of liposuction procedures with excellent results that his patients love. You’re in safe hands.
Before having any medical procedure, you want to get the real skinny on it. The following are key myths and facts about liposuction.
Myth 1: Liposuction fat returns and can appear in a different area of the body.
Fact: Liposuction is considered permanent fat removal. Instead of shrinking fat cells, liposuction totally removes them, so they can’t grow back. Therefore, they won’t appear elsewhere on your body.
As long as you remain around the same weight you are when you have the liposuction done, your results are forever. That’s the caveat. If you gain a substantial amount of weight, of course it’s going to change how you look. By continuing to eat normal portions of healthy food and get regular exercise, you won’t see your trouble spots again.
Myth 2: Liposuction can help you lose weight.
Fact: Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Don’t expect to lose a significant amount of weight after liposuction. You may lose between two and five pounds, which won’t make much difference in how you look. Dr. Angobaldo recommends being within 25 to 30 percent of what’s considered a healthy weight for your height and body build.
The good news is that you may be so motivated by how you look after the liposuction that you decide to lose that extra overage if you’re not quite at the weight you want to be.
Myth 3: Liposuction will tighten loose skin.
Fact: Liposuction is not a skin-tightening procedure. If you don’t have good skin elasticity, Dr. Angobaldo recommends a skin-tightening procedure at the same time as the liposuction in order to have the outcome you’re looking for. If the skin is thin and doesn’t bounce back when you pinch it, you need skin tightening as well as liposuction; otherwise, the skin may not be smooth and tight after surgery.
Myth 4: Liposuction is painful.
Fact: Most liposuctions require only local anesthesia, and you’ll only experience mild discomfort. However, Dr. Angobaldo wants you to be completely comfortable. He can offer sedation during the procedure so you’re not unduly anxious.
Myth 5: Liposuction is not for men or “older” people.
Fact: Anyone in good health can undergo liposuction. It’s one of the top five aesthetic procedures requested by men.
You do need good skin elasticity because your skin wraps itself around your new contours after the procedure. As you age, your skin loses some elasticity. Dr. Angobaldo examines your skin’s quality and lets you know if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. He wants you to be satisfied with the outcome.