Liposuction Before and After

February 2, 2012

Liposuction or lipo is a body contouring procedure which removes excess fat from specific areas of the body to improve shape and contour. It enables you to improve your look by sculpting your body to achieve a nicer figure. Nearly everyone who has bulges of fat has considered at least some of the options of getting rid of it. Regrettably, sitting on the couch and eating chicken wings doesn’t do you any favors. If you’ve been exercising and eating right then you’re sure to experience some weight loss. Unfortunately, at some point you may reach a natural halt, where the body just doesn’t want to let go of any more fat. This is where plastic surgery can help.

Traditionally, liposuction uses canullas (a suctioning device) to break down and remove the fat. This can be quite harsh on the body and leave the patient bruised and sore. Gentler techniques such as Body Jet and Lipotherme help to break the fat down with water or laser before it’s suctioned out. Normally when you lose a lot of weight (whether naturally or from lipo) you will end up with sagging skin. You may get away with the sag if you’re still young and your body is forgiving. Other patients may need a tuck procedure (like a tummy tuck or brachioplasty – depending on where you had the liposuction) to cut away the extra skin and stitch the rest firmly back into place.

Before and after photos

Before and After Photo: Nita Cousineau has liposuction on the tummy or stomach and love handles.
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Nita has liposuction done on her tummy and love handles. The operation is a complete success with minimal scarring and very little downtime. The before and after photo of Nita was taken about two weeks following surgery.

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Things you should consider

The procedure is not a weight loss solution. It’s not for treating obesity and is not meant to replace regular exercise and a healthy diet. It’s meant for those who have stubborn fat deposits that they can’t seem to get rid of, no matter how much they exercise.  Whoever said lipo is the easy way out was wrong. If your doctor considers it appropriate, he/she will first make you try to shed some pounds on your own. Only after you’ve done some cardio or dieting yourself, then you should consider surgery.

Getting ready

To get lipo, you need to be in general good health. Accordingly, your surgeon will most likely send you to get lab tested or a medical evaluation. If you are overweight, you should try to lose the excess weight first before looking into lipectomy. Prudent surgeons will not operate on fat which can be lost through exercise and a proper diet. Also, why go under the knife, accept the huge list of risks and suffer the aftermath recovery when you can shed the fat without surgery. If you do have stubborn fat pockets and you’re approved for the operation, then you will need to stop taking or change some of your medication and/or supplements and stop smoking prior to the day of surgery.

Risks, complications and side effects

There are many possible things which can go wrong after a liposuction procedure. If the surgeon doesn’t take care, the results could show uneven (asymmetrical) contours. This can make you look odd. You could be left with rippling or loose skin (this is why skin tightening treatments are commonly recommended in combination with lipo).

There’s the possibility of blood clots, fat clots, deep vein thrombosis, hematomas and nerve damage. On top of this, patients can end up with uneven pigmentation and changes in skin sensations. Keep in mind that insurance plans usually don’t cover medical costs if there’s complications involved. So you should choose your surgeon carefully, ask them for all the potential problems and listen to their instructions for looking after your body when you arrive home.

Scarring

Since liposuction only uses tiny incisions to insert the cannula (the suction device), there’s usually minimal to no scarring. Most surgery can be done with a microcannula (which is very tiny). Whether you have visible scars after the surgery will depend on whether the surgeon uses a larger cannula, how good your surgeon is, their technique and also your body’s propensity to scarring (darker skin is more likely to show scars). Ask your surgeon where the incision(s) will be made so you can assess whether you’re willing to live with any residual scarring in that area.

Your skin after

Since the procedure involves removing unwanted fat underneath the skin, you can imagine your skin would be quite loose after the operation. You will need to wear compression garments to help the skin settle to your new shape. The skin is still elastic in young patients and accordingly their skin may just tighten naturally on its own into its new position. For older patients, this can be more difficult to achieve. The surgeon should tell you whether you would need surgery to cut away the excess and tighten the remaining skin (a tuck). This may be combined with the lipoplasty procedure.

Cost

Well, that largely depends on which area you’re having treated, the type of liposculpture, the surgeon’s experience and your location. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay anywhere between $4,000 and $8,000 for the surgeon’s fees to have your abdomen sculpted. Additional charges can include the hospital or operating room fees, anesthesia, post-surgical garments and medication.

Opinions

I had my love handles done a few years ago and it’s the best choice i’ve made. I’ve always had these bits of flab hanging over my shorts, skirts, pants and (the worst) bikinis. No matter how thin I got (well, I didn’t starve myself silly) I could never get rid of those. I knew it wasn’t bone because I could feel the bulk of fat when I squeezed it. And when I felt the same area on my mom, I could feel her hip bone. So it was definitely fat and it was stubborn! Now I can wear the same size swimmers on top and bottom (before I had to get the bottoms a bigger size, which is almost impossible to do with cheaper sets). I’ve very happy with my surgeon. Thank you.

Submitted by Liz on March 19, 2012

YouTube video

In this YouTube video Dr. Kapoor from Beverly Hills plastic surgery performs liposuction on his secretary Katie on multiple areas of her body. Katie at the end of the surgery admits there is a dramatic positive change in her body and only wishes she would have considered having it done a lot sooner than she did.

More before and after photos

Before and After Photo: Tanisha Frisk has liposuction of the buttocks and the outer thighs with maximum results.

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Tanisha has liposuction of the buttocks and her outer thighs. The cellulite area of her outer thighs was once very prominent with an excess look of fat. Now her thighs look much more natural and lady like. Tanisha says she saved up for the surgery for a long time and says she’s happy it’s now over with great results from the surgeon.

Dr Humphreys Performs Chin Liposuction #3

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Dr David Humphreys performs chin liposuction (just another form) on a patient at Asheville, North Carolina. The patient Carlene says she is extremely happy to have her neck back now that it’s contoured from all the fat that used to be there. She is very excited about the results and says the money was well worth it. This photo was taken two weeks post liposuction surgery.

Before and After Photo: Jessie Sirianni gets abdominal liposuction with great results.

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Jessie gets abdominal liposuction with great results. The purpose of this was to give Jessie a six pack which can be easily seen and it worked a treat. A special technique was used to make the muscles look more prominent and Jessie says he is very satisfied with the surgery and results.

Before and After Photos: Dona Mishoe gets arm liposuction (brachioplasty) known as bat wings with great results she's satisfied in.

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Dona gets arm liposuction to solve her bat wings problem. She had lost a dramatic amount of weight and developed saggy skin under her arms and was very embarrassed about them and decided to undergo surgery. The surgery was a major success with minimal down time and scars. The after photo was taken two week following surgery.


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7 Responses to “Liposuction Before and After”

Comment from Harold
Time February 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I had my double chin sculpted with liposuctions. My wife was constantly complaining that it wobbled when I shook my head so I finally did something about it. The surgery wasn’t painful at all but I did need to wear a bandage afterward. Now I’m glad I listened to her for once. It’s certainly a huge improvement.

Comment from Kelly
Time February 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I don’t know if I could go through with this. Just watching some of the videos on this surgery makes me thinks whether it’s all worthwhile. It just looks so rough the way they slide in and out of the body and makes you wonder if it’s going to puncture an organ.

Comment from Byron Bassett
Time February 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Hey Joss my father had liposuction done on his male breasts and trust me he thought it was really worth it afterwards, after a few weeks following the operation I could tell his confidence with the ladies had gone up and he just seemed like a brighter person. Go for it buddy, you deserve it.

Comment from Lorraine
Time February 9, 2012 at 4:40 am

I’d like to get my muffin tops done please :-) ! I just can’t stand putting on a nice pair of jeans and having that flab hang over them; or putting on a nice bikini and the fat just ruining the whole outfit. I wonder how much it costs just to have those done and maybe a little at the front as well.

Comment from Cindy
Time February 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

I’ve always been very slender but could never shake the cankles. I’ve tried all sorts of ankle stretches and exercises but they’re just so stumpy. I’ve got a consult next week to get some lipo done so I can finally get rid of those stumps and hopefully my legs can be as beautifully as the rest of my body :-P

Comment from Joss
Time February 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I never really considered lipo until I was in my 40’s when losing weight just wasn’t helping me lose my man boobs. I’m kind of scared going under the knife and having my first operation as I’ve never even been in hospital before. I guess once I find the right surgeon who will make me feel comfortable considering the procedure I won’t be as afraid. I know man boobs are probably the biggest turn off to women and it does make me feel like a bit of a woman which just isn’t natural. Thanks for supplying the information Jakub, I’ll send you my before and after photos for you to post up on this page as long as you can’t see my face.

Comment from Josh Hennessy
Time February 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm

:( I don’t know guys, I’ve herd liposuction can quite possibly make cellulite worse in the long term. Should do some research on this or even ask your surgeon on how to prevent this in the future.

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