It’s consistently surprising that so many of our patients believe that significant weight loss can be achieved through liposuction. And not only here in Tampa, where it’s swimsuit season year-round, but people from all over the country also tend to think of liposuction as a weight loss method. While we completely understand the importance of looking amazing on the beach, there is no surgical procedure that works as an alternative to a healthy lifestyle.
When Liposuction Is Best
Liposuction is a procedure that has very little recovery time, with almost immediate results. The procedure itself involves removal of fat cells using a hollow tube called a cannula. The cannula is inserted under the skin and used to extract fat cells from the targeted area. The result is a more streamlined appearance.
Liposuction is best when targeted at areas that don’t seem to be affected by either diet or exercise. Common examples include the abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, the jowl area, under the chin or along the neck. Of course, liposuction can be performed almost anywhere on the body.
For some of our patients in Tampa, weight loss is a byproduct of liposuction. After all, the removal of fat cells adds up to the equivalent of a few pounds difference. However, the procedure itself really isn’t designed to take off weight; it’s intended to sculpt and shape the body, especially the problem areas that exercise and diet haven’t seemed to help.
Before Your Procedure
We strongly recommend that you reach your weight loss goal prior to undergoing liposuction. Not only will this lead to more realistic expectations about the procedure, but also ensures that you’re healthy and strong before coming in for your appointment.