Liposuction is a type of plastic surgery and the most common body contouring procedure performed, during liposuction suction is used to remove unwanted fat from specific areas of the body by several techniques.
Although it is an effective method for removing stubborn fat from a selected body area, in addition, it’s almost the only way for a specific spot weight loss. Liposuction is not considered to be an overall weight loss method, and it won’t have the same health benefits of a routine exercise and healthy diet, despite having numerous benefits.
We would disclose between the lines of this article some misconceptions surrounding liposuction, and answer the most popular questions in your mind regarding its outcomes.
Are liposuction and traditional weight loss tools alternatives?
Indeed no, this procedure could not be an alternative to weight loss methods, and this is one of the main misconceptions that surround lipo, instead, they are complementary to each other since they have different ways of action and different benefits.
How do we become obese?
During our life, our bodies produce a set number of fat cells till we reach adulthood, and this number doesn’t vary throughout the rest of our lifetime. Genetics and many other factors affect both the number and the way of distribution of these fat cells.
If there is an imbalance between calories consumed and calories intake, simply, we either eat too much or our lifestyle is too sedentary, or both, excess calories are stored in our bodies as fats, which make the fat cell size increase. So when your body weight increases the size of the fat cell increases you do not gain a new fat cell.
How do traditional weight-loss methods work?
Traditional weight-loss methods like eating healthy food, exercising routinely, or bariatric surgeries for highly unresponsive people don’t actually burn off fat cells in your body. Instead, they simply shrink the fat cell size as a result of consuming its lipid contents. Since you don’t actually lose these fat cells, they can become larger again if you put on weight.
In addition, these ways of losing weight mainly target the visceral fat surrounding the internal abdominal organs and are usually associated with dangerous health conditions. On the other hand, they have minimal or no effect on subcutaneous fat that accumulates beneath the skin in various areas of the body.
How does liposuction work?
When liposuction is performed on a selected body area fat cells beneath the surface of the skin in such an area are permanently eliminated and you would not regain it, since your body loses the ability to produce new cells. Even when you gain weight, this area will still be toned, and contoured and would not be affected.
In addition, this technique mainly targets subcutaneous fats that seldom respond to traditional weight loss methods.
How much weight can you lose with liposuction?
Don’t expect extreme weight loss from this surgery despite the dramatic changes in your appearance you might obtain. The weight you lose following this procedure varies according to the body area where the surgery was performed and the amount of fat removed, but The majority of patients who underwent lipo only lose between two to five pounds.
What makes you an ideal candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is the ideal technique for removing fat in selected areas in your body that are unresponsive to diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle changes, and for perfect outcomes, your body weight should be normal, near normal, or at least stable before performing this procedure and there are no any plans to lose or gain weight in the future.
Is lipo performed only for women?
The popular misconception about lipo is that only women perform lipo, however, men frequently undergo liposuction – in fact.
The most popular type of lipo procedure performed in men is removing extra breast fat or tissue in men who are suffering from gynecomastia, next comes the abdomen, and love handles as the most common areas where lipo is performed in men.
Liposuction is the magic wand to resolve belly fat?
This misconception is more popular among women who are suffering from drooping bellies after they have undergone a cesarean section, they always believed that lipo is always the answer to tummy fat.
But, liposuction targets only subcutaneous fat – the fat located under the skin and above the muscle. So if the protruded abdomen is due to fat under the muscle and around the internal organs, lipo would not work, instead healthy diet together with routine exercise is more effective.
You would regain the removed fat deposits after liposuction
As we mentioned earlier lipo is a permanent fat removal procedure, since once the fat cells are suctioned out, your body would not produce a new one.
However, you have to maintain a healthy diet and routine exercise to keep a proportional look.
Liposuction would fix sagging skin
Lipo is a highly effective way to get rid of unwanted fat deposits under the skin, but it does not affect reduced elasticity and saggy skin.
In this case, your plastic surgeon should recommend a skin tightening procedure in combination with, or sometimes instead of liposuction, in such cases where the main problem is saggy skin, not excess under-skin fats, when lipo is performed alone it would result in a deflated appearance.
Liposuction could treat cellulite
Liposuction is precisely by a specialized doctor for specific cases of patients. You should consult a surgeon for liposuction in Egypt first before deciding the type of plastic surgery you want. Find out what is best for you personally, away from the experiences and personal experiences of others. These are the details of the candidates for liposuction.
- People with elastic and firm skin with good muscle strength.
- Not suffering from heart disease or diabetes.
- The weight is approximately 30% more than their ideal weight as a maximum for liposuction.
- If your body does not respond to diet and exercise.
- Liposuction from specific areas that are difficult to target with exercises.
Liposuction could treat cellulite
Cellulite is simply a skin condition, not an irregular fat pocket that lies under the skin, lipo only deals with soft, fatty tissue and does not directly deal with the skin or other tissues.
Is liposuction dangerous?
While every procedure carries several risks, lipo techniques have become increasingly performed which resulted in highly skilled plastic surgeons that successfully minimize risks associated with lipo.
So we generally say lipo would be a safe and successful surgical procedure if you accurately follow all your surgeon’s postsurgical instructions.
Liposuction is not suitable for “older” patients
All healthy adults can safely receive lipo, but in older patients, skin quality should be closely assessed, since lack of skin firmness and elasticity which is common with age may compromise the skin’s capacity to re-shape over the new slimmer contours.