Body Contouring, or liposuction is a fat surgery. The goal of liposuction is to attack problem areas. Problem areas of the body have a high concentration of fat cells. So when calories go into the body, the body tends to store more fat in these problem areas. Liposuction decreases the concentration of fat cells in these problem areas.
The goal of liposuction is to get the concentration of fat cells in the problem areas to the same concentration of fat cells in the adjacent normal areas. When this is done, even as a person gains weight they will gain weight evenly. An even concentration of fat cells in the back waste and hips will create a smooth S shaped curve, which is the key to an attractive figure. A perfect liposuction would leave an even concentration of fat cells over the entire body and when a person gains a pound they would gain it evenly.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. If calories come in the body they will be stored. This is why removing every fat cell from one place will condemn another place to gain weight, and why removing every fat cell from an area is not the best way to do liposuction. Instead, creating an even concentration of fat cells is the answer for successful liposuction.
Liposuction works because fat cells don’t replicate. You’re born with a certain number of fat cells. When you gain weight each cell gets larger and when you lose weight each cell gets smaller. You do not replicate new fat cells when you gain weight. If fat cells replicated, liposuction would not work. The permanence of liposuction comes from the fact that fat cells don’t replicate. If you take in calories you will gain weight but after the liposuction you will gain weight evenly and not just gaining weight in the problem areas. You will keep your shape, keep your curve and gain weight evenly. If you lose weight you will still keep your curve because you will lose weight evenly. If you lose weight in the hips it also means an even amount weight in the waist and as long as the waist is narrower than the hips the curve is maintained.
The first night after liposuction is uncomfortable. Effects of the anesthesia will make you groggy. The patient’s have a throbbing achy type of pain on the first night. The second night is better. And the third night is significantly better. Most people will need pain medicine for the first 4 to 5 days. After that time most people do not have pain when they sit still, but are achy and sore. Sort of like the feeling after the exercise. Most people take 5 to 7 days off of work.
There is no exercise for 2 to 3 weeks. Two weeks walking exercise, or light treadmill may be done. It’s 4 to 6 weeks before the exercise can be done. A light garment is used during this time. At four weeks approximately 60 to 70% of the swelling will have resolved. At eight weeks 90% of the swelling will resolved. Most people have the full look between two and three months.
The complications that can occur with liposuction are the complications that occur within the surgery. Pulmonary embolism, infection, hemorrhage and anesthesia complications.
Liposuction is a dramatic procedure that makes a significant and permanent change to a patient’s appearance. This change should not be underestimated and may be more significant than a flat stomach after a tummy tuck “abdominoplasty”.
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