Everyone has probably heard of liposuction – it’s one of the most well-known cosmetic procedures available. However, what you may not know is that it is also one of the top five most requested surgical procedures every year. In fact, there’s been a 58 percent increase in liposuction procedures over the past five years, with over 300,000 performed in 2017 alone. At Desert Aesthetic and Vein Centre, we offer liposuction to Brawley residents to help trim those problem spots with lumps and bumps that won’t respond to diet and exercise.
Contrary to popular belief, diet and exercise can only get you to a certain point, and even though thousands of fitness articles claim to have the best “spot reducing” routines, there’s really no way to focus on fat loss in one particular area. For some people, it’s simply a matter of genetics or natural physiology that causes you to hold onto fat in certain areas of your body, which can make achieving the slender figure of your dreams a discouraging task. Liposuction can help you overcome those obstacles by smoothing and eliminating unsightly bulges.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that allows body contouring through direct fat removal. It is an ideal choice for people who are at a healthy weight and maintain a regular diet and fitness regimen, and is also a great way to put the finishing touches on your body after significant weight loss. Liposuction has been used for over 40 years, and though there have been some changes to the technologies and techniques during that time, the basic procedure has remained the same. The primary goal of liposuction is to contour your body by removing bulk caused by the three layers of fatty tissue found in the human body – superficial, intermediate and deep. All of these layers can be targeted and removed using liposuction, and it is an excellent option for getting rid of pockets of excess fat nearly anywhere on your body, including:
- Upper arms
- Stomach and waistline
- Love handles
- Thighs and knees
Although liposuction in Brawley can provide you with a slimmer, and more proportional physique, it cannot replace a proper diet and regular exercise. Instead, it can help target stubborn areas such as a thick waistline, a bulging belly or a double chin, de-bulking and contouring them to meet your goals. Keep in mind that liposuction is not a method of weight loss, but more of a way to complete the process of your weight loss efforts. You will notice a difference in your shape, as well as how your clothes look and fit, but liposuction won’t have a significant effect on the numbers on the scale.
What to Expect from your Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the location and amount of fat targeted for removal. In both cases, local anesthesia is used to numb the area to decrease discomfort. Brawley Liposuction Surgeon Dr. Fisher will mark the selected areas on your body targeted for liposuction, and make small incisions. He will insert a thin, narrow tube known as a cannula into the incisions, gently moving it around using back and forth motions to dislodge the fat.
The excess fat is then suctioned out of your body through the cannula, and the incisions are sutured closed if necessary. Incisions are generally small enough to heal on their own without the need for sutures and will leave behind minimal, if any, scarring. Compression bandages will be applied to help minimize swelling, prevent bleeding, and provide support to the overall area. Depending on the amount of excess fat removed and number of areas treated, liposuction can take anywhere from about 30 minutes up to a few hours, but you will be able to return home the same day.
Recovery from Liposuction
Brawley Patients undergoing liposuction should plan on spending about two weeks recovering and one week away from work as swelling, soreness, bruising and numbness diminishes. You may feel some mild discomfort as you heal, but this is easily treated with over-the-counter pain medication. You will need to keep your activity to a minimum, but most patients can usually get back to most of their daily activities around two weeks after their surgery. You may also wear a support garment for several weeks after your surgery to help the healing process. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the procedure and your individual rate of healing.
Results following liposuction procedures are immediate, although final results can take a few months to develop as swelling gradually diminishes and skin continues to tighten. The most dramatic effects may not be noticeable until all of the bruising and swelling associated with the procedure have subsided. Once you have healed completely, your slender, gorgeous new contour will be fully visible. Liposuction results are considered permanent, provided that you maintain a stable, healthy weight.
If you are frustrated by the stubborn bulges and bumps on your body that refuse to diminish no matter how much you exercise or eat right, it might be time to consider liposuction in Brawley. Call Desert Aesthetic and Vein Centre today at 760-344-1101 to schedule a consultation.