Liposuction at our CT practice and nationwide is one of today’s most popular body contouring procedures—and for good reason. This fat reduction process can eliminate trouble spots on your thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, and under the chin. However, before you schedule a procedure, it is important to educate yourself, because an informed patient is a happy patient.
Here are some things you should consider as you think about liposuction:
Always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. Why is this important? Board-certification is not required to practice medicine, but it is a good way to determine a doctor’s skill and experience. For example, to become board-certified, a physician must:
- Complete 6 years of surgical training
- Pass oral and written exams
- Continue education to maintain certification
- Only operate in accredited facilities
- Follow a strict code of ethics
Knowing that a doctor has voluntarily chosen to undergo the rigors of board certification is an important distinction about the surgeon’s skill and experience.
Liposuction is not a fast way to a fit body. It’s important to recognize that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, so you should not expect to lose a dramatic amount of weight. However, because liposuction strategically removes fat from predefined areas of the body, it can provide significant cosmetic improvements. Additionally, liposuction has the potential to make your clothes fit better and boost your confidence.
Good candidates for liposuction are close to their ideal weight. Because liposuction won’t necessarily change the number on the scale by much, it is important to be close to your goal weight before the procedure. Liposuction is not a replacement for living a healthy lifestyle but instead is designed to reduce stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Therefore it’s a good idea to form and maintain healthy eating and workout habits to optimize your results.
You will need to take a few days off work. Even if you work from home, it is a good idea to rest and allow your body to heal for the first 3 to 4 days. You will most likely be taking pain medication for the first couple of days, so you will not be able to drive during that time. If your job requires manual labor or moderate physical activity, you will probably have to take off more days. Patients can return to most of their normal daily activities after 10 to 14 days, and they can resume full exercise after 4 to 6 weeks.
You must have patience to see your complete results. Because your surgeon actually removes fat during liposuction, you may naturally expect to quickly see results. However, you will likely have to wait a few months to see the procedure’s true impact. The reason for this is that although fat is removed, it is initially replaced by swelling, which can obscure the immediate results.
Continuing healthy habits is important. How long your results will last is up to you. Although you probably won’t add bulk in the treated areas, you can still gain weight after surgery. Often, patients are so happy with their results that it helps them stick to healthy lifestyle habits. By eating nutritious food and staying active, you can maintain your results indefinitely.
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