Discovering what liposuction can - and can’t - do for you
If you are considering liposuction to achieve a more-toned, slimmed-down appearance, you’re not alone. It is one of the most requested and performed plastic surgery procedures. The head-turning results of lipo are crafted by making small incisions in areas including the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back through which fat is suctioned to create a smoother, more contoured look. As well-known as the procedure is, many people still are uncertain as to what exactly liposuction is capable of accomplishing - and what it isn’t - to improve their physique. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters of Walters Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA, educates patients about this highly effective procedure.
Liposuction is able to …
Eliminate unwanted fat.
Are you annoyed with your protruding tummy? Tired of the saddlebags on your thighs? Have you had it with your double chin? The appearance of these and other areas where fat tends to accumulate can be improved with liposuction. The versatility of the procedure is one of the reasons why it has become so popular. Localized areas of fat are targeted, including those on the knees, neck, and calves. Lipo can also reduce bothersome pockets of fat in the upper arms, and make the face appear slimmer by eliminating excess fat in the neck.
Sculpt and create curves.
Aside from its ability to reduce areas of fat, liposuction can also be used to help sculpt the sexy curves desired by patients in New Orleans, LA. Those who wish to keep the voluminous appearance of their thighs and buttocks, for example, can opt to slim down their hips as a way to achieve an hourglass figure. Dr. Walters works closely with patients to provide customized results and produce minimal scars since most liposuction procedures require only small incisions.
Banish stubborn fat.
While consuming a healthy diet and exercising regularly are among the best methods for shedding unwanted pounds, there is no good way to choose precisely which areas of the body ultimately will drop that weight. You may have hoped to slim down your hips, but instead, the inches melted from your belly. Liposuction works by manually breaking down and suctioning fat cells from targeted areas, leaving behind a smoother, more contoured appearance that may be visible soon after surgery.
Improve the appearance of problem areas.
When you have successfully lost a moderate amount of weight, few things can cause more aggravation than noticing a leftover bump here or a residual roll of fat there. In most cases, liposuction can be used to spot-reduce remaining fat as well as to smooth out and improve the shape of these areas so that New Orleans men and women can be proud of their weight loss as well as their slimmer, trimmer figure. The neck is also a good example. Even if you have been able to slim most body parts, this is an area that may remain resistant to change without cosmetic intervention like liposuction.
Transfer fat to areas in need.
If fuller breasts or a more-rounded rear end are what you want, Dr. Jules Walters of Walters Plastic Surgery can use liposuction to create those features. Once unwanted fat is removed from an area of the body, the cells can be purified and then injected into other areas that may be lacking in volume. This also offers patients the ability to tackle several of their cosmetic concerns simultaneously.
Liposuction is a versatile procedure. It can effectively produce dramatic enhancements and improvements quite literally from head to toe. For many patients, the long-lasting results also work wonders in bolstering confidence about their overall appearance. However, as transformative as the outcomes can be, keep in mind that lipo is not without its limitations.
Liposuction is unable to …
Help you lose weight.
Patients may quickly, safely and successfully rid themselves of fat and often can noticeably transform their shape with liposuction. It is important to remember, though, that lipo should not be thought of as a means by which to lose substantial amounts of weight. The procedure is best suited for sculpting and contouring problem areas. Only small quantities of fat are removed during most liposuction procedures that are performed for cosmetic reasons. On average, between one and 10 pounds of fat is suctioned out.
Keep you from gaining weight.
Following adolescence, the body quits producing new fat cells. During the ensuing years of life, those cells either fill up or deflate like a balloon as you gain and lose weight. Liposuction removes fat cells from specific areas. Once they’re gone, they cannot return.
Therefore, it is still possible to experience weight gain; however fat should not accumulate as much in areas that have been treated with liposuction.
Replace the effects of diet and exercise.
Although the goal of liposuction is to create contours and a slimmer appearance by removing fat, the procedure is not categorized as weight-loss surgery. It should not be considered a substitute for the health benefits that can be achieved by eating right and following proper fitness guidelines. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters of Walters Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA, recommends that patients be at or near their weight-loss goals before undergoing liposuction in order to achieve and maintain its optimal results.
Get rid of sagging skin, cellulite or stretch marks
If you’re looking to tighten skin on your stomach or lessen the appearance of stretch marks that often result from pregnancy, be advised that neither of these can be improved with lipo. That is because the procedure only targets underlying fat cells. Once those are removed, the sagging skin will still remain. That may be remedied through other procedures such as a tummy tuck, arm or thigh lift. Similarly, liposuction cannot eliminate the dimpling effect on the skin that is caused by cellulite.
What can liposuction do for you?
A wildly popular cosmetic-surgery procedure, liposuction has the ability to produce a wide variety of impressive results. From subtle contours to dramatic curves, its eye-popping outcomes also have the potential to perk up patients’ confidence in themselves. If you are interested in learning more about liposuction, we invite you to contact Walters Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA, and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters to determine how this tried-and-true procedure can benefit you.
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