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5 Facts About Slimming Down With Liposuction

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Liposuction is a medical procedure to remove unwanted fat cells. The ideal candidates are nonsmoking, healthy adults who are already physically fit but struggling with pockets of excess fat that won't respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction can contour and redefine your body in several different areas. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Portland, OR offer liposuction as one of their various cosmetic procedures to put the finishing touches on your appearance.

If you are considering liposuction, here is a look at five facts about this body contouring procedure and what you maybe didn’t know.

What areas can liposuction help?

Do you have a specific area where unwanted fat has settled? Have you tried specific exercises and still can’t change the way you look? Liposuction can resolve this problem. A small, versatile cannula instrument is utilized by the plastic surgeon to sculpt and reshape different areas of the body. Common target areas for liposuction are:

  • Neck area or under the chin (“double chin”)
  • Upper arms
  • Stomach
  • Upper back (“bra line”)
  • Lower back (“love handles”)
  • Thighs (“saddlebags”)
  • Hips

How does the technique of awake liposuction work?

Liposuction is the cosmetic surgery that eliminates excess fat by using a small cannula device inserted underneath the skin. A skilled, qualified plastic surgeon like the ones at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa will then carefully extract the right amount of excess fatty tissue while gently recontouring the target area for a more proportionate look. To make a recovery easier, Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa developed a technique called awake liposuction. Awake liposuction uses a mild sedative and local anesthetic instead of general anesthesia. Patients can remain awake and comfortable during their fat removal treatment, allowing for a quicker transition into the recovery process when done.

Do I need to lose weight before my liposuction procedure?

Preparing for liposuction is imperative to get the right results. This cosmetic surgery is ideal for people who are at a reasonable weight for their height beforehand. Adults should be within 30% of their ideal weight to get optimal liposuction results. Patients will also undergo a typical evaluation and exam one to two weeks before the procedure. Medical history, measurements, and photographs of the target area will be taken. Blood work may also be ordered before the procedure as part of the medical evaluation to ensure a patient’s safety. Patients will also be asked to stop or adjust current medications, and avoid taking any aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements that may increase bleeding.

How long do the results of liposuction last?

The before and after liposuction photos of patients provide dramatic results, but they are not immediate. Your new look may not reveal itself for weeks and even months, so be patient. Once normal swelling subsides, patients will begin to see their new look. The excellent news about liposuction is extracted fat cells are permanently gone. However, the remaining fat cells will grow if patients gain weight after their procedure. If patients want to enjoy their liposuction results for years, then maintaining a healthy diet and staying active has to be a lifestyle choice.

Are there options for nonsurgical fat removal?

Liposuction is still the most popular and effective fat removal technique, and for a good reason. Liposuction is safe and effective at permanently removing unwanted fat cells to refine the body in certain areas. However, what if you want to avoid a surgical procedure? CoolSculpting® is a cutting-edge technology that freezes fat away with the patented CoolSculpting device – an innovative treatment that gives patients a nonsurgical fat removal option. You can learn more and let the board-certified surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa determine if CoolSculpting is right for you.

Liposuction procedures offer fat removal from head to toe. Even popular skin tightening procedures like an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, can be done in combination with liposuction. The surgical experts at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa will work with each patient every step of the way to determine the right course of action to get the desired asethetic outcome needed. Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa is also the only practice in the Portland area that offers awake liposuction.

Liposuction is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted fat and get the body you always wanted, especially with the right surgical care. If you live in the Portland area or surrounding suburbs and are considering liposuction, then we invite you to schedule a consultation today with the board-certified plastic surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Portland, OR.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.