When it comes to the weight loss process, it can often feel like all work with no reward. From strict diets and calorie restrictions to endless hours working out, it can be frustrating when fatty problem areas refuse to budge despite your efforts. Both men and women alike can be plagued by stubborn trouble spots on their body regardless of how healthy and active they are. Often, factors outside of your control such as your body type, hormone levels and genetics are what allow these unsightly rolls and bulges to remain.

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a highly popular procedure that is used to remove localized areas of fat from virtually any region of the body and help patients achieve a slimmer and more proportionate figure. The ever-evolving landscape of liposuction technology and techniques today have vastly improved the patient experience for this surgery with reduced discomfort and recovery times, as well as enhanced safety and results. Dr. Bazzi of the Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery has extensive experience performing liposuction surgery and utilizes some of the most advanced and effective methods available to ensure stunning aesthetic results for his patients.

What Benefits Can Liposuction Provide?

While the primary goal of liposuction is to remove undesired fat deposits from your body, the advantages of can often be far-reaching. The benefits you can experience from liposuction surgery can include:

  • Smoother overall body contour
  • Slim and proportional profile
  • More toned and sculpted figure not easily achieved through diet and exercise alone
  • More comfortable and flattering fit to your clothing and swimwear
  • Enhanced self-confidence and body image

At the Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery, your liposuction procedure will be tailored to your precise needs to ensure the most natural-looking results. You can expect your sleek new contours to be long-lasting with proper maintenance and a healthy lifestyle. Each individual is born with a set number of fat cells in their body, and those removed via liposuction will never regenerate or return. However, future weight gains can cause the remaining fat cells to expand or alter your results, so the patients who will benefit the most are committed to a healthy lifestyle to ensure their enhanced body lasts.

What Happens During Liposuction Surgery?

Most liposuction procedures today are performed as an outpatient surgery. First, tiny incisions are created in the treatment areas to allow for the delivery of the tumescent or wetting technique, which involves administering a fluid composed of saline, a local anesthetic (lidocaine), and epinephrine, which works to shrink the blood vessels during the procedure. This liquid solution helps to facilitate the fat removal process by swelling targeted fat cells and reducing the risk of complications and downtime for recovery.

The goal of liposuction is to significantly reduce the volume of fat in the area or areas you wish to target for your treatment through a cannula, or a thin, hollow tube-like instrument. Once the wetting solution has been injected, Dr. Bazzi will insert the small cannula into your incision and move the instrument in a back-and-forth motion to break apart stubborn fat. The fat is then vacuumed out of the area to reveal a sleeker and more defined physique. The overall duration of your procedure will be determined by the size and number of the areas you wish to address. Smaller regions such as the underside of the chin can often be completed in under an hour. More extensive treatments for areas like the abdomen can last for several hours and will require more downtime for your overall recovery.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

The length of your recovery process will vary from patient to patient based on factors such as the amount of fat removed, the size of your treatment areas and your body’s rate of healing. You will likely be required to wear a compression garment for a few weeks following your surgery to help minimize swelling and allow for your skin to easily contract to the new shape of your contours. However, many patients find the recovery process after liposuction surgery to be surprisingly quick with minimal discomfort.

Most of our patients feel comfortable enough to return to work or perform everyday activities within a few days of their liposuction procedure. More strenuous activities such as exercise can typically be resumed within a few short weeks. While residual side effects can vary, bruising and swelling are among the most commonly experienced. Bruising can be expected to subside in about three weeks, while residual swelling can persist for up to eight weeks; after which the beautiful new shape of your body will be visible.

What Results Can Liposuction Achieve?

While the full results of your liposuction procedure will take some time to develop, you will see a noticeable improvement to your contours almost immediately after your surgery. It could be a few months before your final outcomes can be observed, but once they are, they will be remarkably long-lasting. However, fluctuations in your weight can alter or reverse any results you achieve with liposuction. As long as you maintain a healthy eating habits and exercise regularly, your toned physique can endure for a lifetime.

What Procedures Complement Liposuction?

Liposuction is frequently performed in conjunction with additional cosmetic surgeries to enhance the results further. Patients who also have concerns regarding excess or sagging skin in addition to stubborn fat may wish to pair liposuction with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), thigh lift, arm lift, breast lift, breast reduction or other body contouring procedures to tighten and smooth their problem areas after removing stubborn fat.

Is Liposuction Right for Me?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Bazzi will evaluate your areas of concern to determine if liposuction will be able to provide you with the results you expect. Liposuction may be performed in any area of the body where fat tends to accumulate. If you have achieved a stable, healthy weight and have stubborn fat in any of the following areas, liposuction may be an ideal solution for you:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Side flanks and hips
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Knees and ankles
  • Chest region
  • Neck and chin

Liposuction surgery provides patients with beautiful results that last with a healthy lifestyle; enhancing both your self-confidence and body image indefinitely. A one-on-one consultation with Dr. Bazzi is the best way to learn about your body contouring options and whether liposuction is a suitable treatment for you and your aesthetic goals. To discover more about liposuction, call the Celestial Institute of Plastic Surgery office today at 734-844-5700 to schedule your consultation.