Even with new technology promising to help you sculpt a better body noninvasively (without surgery), liposuction still remains the most effective and popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. Why? Because it’s the only procedure where a skilled cosmetic surgeon can sculpt away just the right amount of fat to create a smoother, slimmer shape that enhances your natural proportions.
Liposuction is a safe procedure that leaves tiny, barely visible scars. It’s also incredibly versatile. It can treat tiny fat pockets and larger regions alike. Common places patients have liposuction include:
- Inner or outer thighs
- Hips & flanks (lovehandles)
- Abdomen & lower back (i.e., muffin top)
- Male chest (see male breast reduction)
- Under the chin
- Knees, calves, & ankles
Is liposuction right for me?
If you take care of yourself, eat a healthy diet, and exercise, you want the body to show for it. Unfortunately, most of us have unwanted fat deposits that seem impossible to address through diet and exercise.
Liposuction removes excess fat in specific areas, helping to create that smooth, slim, and natural look you want. You’ll get the most benefit if:
- You’re at a healthy, stable weight
- You have good skin elasticity (check out a tummy tuck for stretched belly skin)
- You have specific pockets of fat on your face, arms, legs, or body that bother you
- You want to reshape an area and lose stubborn fat (if you just want to reduce a belly bulge, consider CoolSculpting)
How about CoolSculpting?
Cryolipolysis, or “freezing of fat”, which is the technology behind CoolSculpting, it is a spot reducing procedure, rather than a weight loss procedure. It may work in certain cases to reshape an isolated area of stubborn fat that does not go away with diet and exercise. It may remove up to 20% of the fat cells of the area treated by the procedure. However, despite its cost, many people do not see any perceptible benefit from cryolipolysis.
Ideal patients that may benefit from CoolSculpting are at or near a healthy weight and not significantly obese. Most patients will only start to observe a change after 3 weeks of treatment, with the maximal benefit obtained between 6 weeks and 2 months.
Safety studies have not been performed on pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems. Caution should be exercised with this procedure for patients who are:
- Pregnant, breast feeding or trying to become pregnant
- Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or currently suffering from any other auto-immune disorder that causes excessive pain, weakness or discomfort
- Hernia or history of hernia in the area to be treated
- A body mass index (BMI) of 34 or more (Bodybuilders or individuals with extremely muscular physiques could possibly be an exception
- Any person currently suffering from chronic pain
- Any person who has had body contouring surgery within the last 12 months without written consent from their physician