It seems as if every time you turn around there is a "new, guaranteed to work" diet. Let's face it, we've all tried to look for ways to loose weight, from medication, to herbs, to sweat devices, garments, ab-roller, but the bottom line is, there is no permanent reduction of fat cells short of liposuction.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from under the skin through a small incision no bigger than a quarter of an inch. Popular places to perform liposuction are the neck, arms, abdomen, hips, buttocks and inner and outer thighs. Removal of fat is considered permanent, however, if you gain weight the remaining fat cells will enlarge. It is important to keep in mind that liposuction will only remove fat under the skin. It will not remove fat inside the abdomen or under muscle. Liposuction will not change bone structure either. Therefore, your results may be limited to your own body structure. Consultation with your Plastic Surgeon will give you more insights about your personal results.

Suction-assisted liposuction is a method of removing fat by use of a small cannula or tube inserted under the skin through a small incision hooked up to a suction machine. The emulsification of fat is performed by the back and forth motion by the surgeon with the use of the suction machine.


Following surgery, a compression garment is worn for a minimum of 2 weeks to help decrease swelling and bruising, and promote skin shrinkage. Patients are encouraged to walk as soon as possible to help reduce the swelling and prevent complications. Recovery time is 2 months. Patients may resume light exercise after 3 to 4 weeks. For high impact exercise (i.e. step aerobics, tae bo) 6 to 8 weeks is recommended. Even though most of the swelling and bruising will resolve in 1 to 2 weeks, final results will be observed within one year. Remember, liposuction does not take the place of diet and exercise, and the patient must maintain their pre-operation weight or continue to loose weight for the desired results.

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