Liposuction Before and After
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
Popular liposuction sites
- Arms (Brachioplasty)
- Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)
- Female Breast liposuction
- Abdomen, Belly
- Bra Area, Bra Rolls
- Love Handles
- Mons Pubis
- Banana Roll (Under Butt Roll, infragluteal crease)
- Thighs (inner, outer)
- Saddle bags
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
- Abdominal Etching
- Bra Line Back Lift
- Buccal Fat Removal
- Cool Lipo
- Double Chin Surgery
- Endoscopic Abdominoplasty
- Fat Reduction Injections
- Fat Removal
- Fat Transfer
- Gastric Bypass
- Lap Band Surgery
- Laser Liposuction
- Slim Lipo
- Smart Lipo
- Thigh Lift
- Tumescent Liposuction
- Vaser Liposuction
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