Unless you are incredibly lucky, chances are that some areas of your body aren’t as tight and toned as you would like them to be. Everyone has body fat, but contrary to popular belief, not all body fat is bad. There are different types, with some being beneficial and important for your health. For example, essential fat plays a major role in hormone regulation. Unfortunately, some types of fat are not only unhealthy but unnecessary and it tends to be this type of fat that accumulates in areas of our bodies that we often refer to as ‘wobbly bits’. All too often, this unwanted body fat does not respond to diet and exercise and feels impossible to get rid of. This can cause us to feel self-conscious and can even stop us from wearing clothes or doing activities that we would like to.
Fortunately, there is a cosmetic procedure that is designed specifically to eradicate our wobbly bits and help us to achieve a smoother, sleeker and more toned and youthful body. It is known as liposuction, and our experienced team regularly provide liposuction treatment here at our offices in Boca Raton, FL.
What is liposuction?
The goal of liposuction is to target and remove stubborn pockets of fat from specific, pre-determined areas of your body through a simple, minimally invasive procedure. Liposuction is normally performed on just one part of the body at a time with the most common areas of the body to be targeted including the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, flanks and upper arms.
What happens during a liposuction procedure?
We usually recommend that liposuction is performed under either moderate to heavy sedation combined with a local anesthetic, or a general anesthetic. It is important to be aware that in either case, the effects of anesthesia can last for up to 24 hours after your surgery and so you will need to arrange for someone to stay with you during this initial stage of your recovery.
The procedure has two different elements. Firstly, a saltwater solution is injected into the fat cells in the area of your body that you have chosen to be targeted by liposuction. This purpose of this saltwater solution is to break up the fat cells - something which will make it much easier for them to be removed from your body during the next stage of the liposuction process. The second part of the procedure involves a long, thin tube with a hole in the center, called a cannular, being inserted into your body. This is attached to a small vacuum that will suck out the broken-down fat cells, passing them into a container outside of your body so that they can then be disposed of. As this stage is performed it may be necessary for your surgeon to pass the cannular back and forth under the skin to help loosen and free the fat cells so that they can be removed more efficiently. This also ensures balanced and even contouring which will give you the best esthetic result.
Most liposuction surgeries can be performed in under three hours and we will be able to give you an estimation for your treatment time during your consultation. Depending on the type of anesthesia that you opted for, we may recommend that you stay with us overnight so that we can be sure that you have recovered from the general anesthetic and there are no complications from either this or the surgery itself. Swelling and some discomfort is normal, and you will be given compression bandages to wear to help control the inflammation and protect your wounds. You may be given prescription pain relief if this is needed to keep you comfortable. You will also be given specific instructions to follow during your recovery which will help you to heal and ensure that you achieve the best possible result from your procedure.
How long will it take to see the results of a liposuction procedure?
You should allow up to twelve weeks for the swelling to completely subside and to be able to see the full effect of your liposuction procedure. Once healing is complete, your new, slimmer, sleeker and toned silhouette will become clear and you will be able to start fully enjoying your shape.
If you are considering liposuction and would like more information about this procedure, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation to assess your candidacy, please contact our cosmetic surgery offices in Boca Raton, FL today where our discreet and dedicated team are ready and waiting to help you.