When you think about weight loss surgery, what comes to mind? Many people may instantly think of liposuction. However, this is a common misconception, as liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. Read on to learn more about liposuction, and what exactly it should be used for.
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure meant to eliminate stubborn fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. There are multiple liposuction techniques done today, including tumescent liposuction and suction-assisted liposuction (SAL).
During the tumescent technique, a solution mixed with local anesthetic is used to cause blood vessels to constrict. This helps to minimize blood loss during the procedure. SAL liposuction draws out fat using a cannula with a vacuum attached. Overall, the type of liposuction that is performed on you will depend on several factors that can be discussed during your consultation.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, and those who are looking to lose a large amount of fat should not turn to this procedure as a solution. In fact, most patients only lose 2-6 pounds of fat during their liposuction procedure. While this may surprise many, it makes sense, since the main goal of liposuction is to sculpt the body, not remove large amounts of fat from it.
If you are unhappy with stubborn areas of fat on your body and have good skin elasticity, are near your goal weight, and have realistic expectations for your results, you may be a good lipo candidate. The best way to determine candidacy is through a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Sarraga.
If you are in the Aventura, FL area and are considering liposuction, we can help you through the process. Contact our office today to begin your liposuction journey.