Liposuction is one of Australia’s most popular plastic surgery options. First developed in France in the 1980s, this procedure has been helping people achieve their ideal bodies for decades and has a strong track record of safety and efficacy. At REAL Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, VIC, Mr. Solerno is ready to help you sculpt the body you want through lipo and answer one of the questions about this procedure: does it makes weight loss easier?
Does Liposuction Make It Easier to Lose Weight?
The answer is an interesting mix of both no and “sort of.” To unpack it, we want to understand how fat cells work, what lipo does, and how lipo affects the body.
Understanding Fat Cells
Unlike most other types of cells, fat cells are static. After adolescence, you don’t normally grow any new ones except in cases of the most extreme weight gain. When you gain weight, your body packs more nutrients in the existing fat cells, which act as storage units. These cells expand when that happens. When you lose weight, the body uses that stored nutrition and the fat cells shrink.
The problem is that we can’t just tell our bodies that we’d like to remove fat from a particular area. Diet and exercise, when done properly, can cause the fat cells to let go of their nutrition and shrink, but we don’t have a lot of control over where that happens. This means you could see dramatic weight loss, and even reach your goal weight or close to it, and still be unhappy with the shape you’re left with.
How Lipo Works in Fat Removal
Lipo works by actually removing fat cells from the areas where they aren’t wanted. We often perform this procedure for people who want to reduce excess fat in the hips, thighs, arms, back, abdomen, legs, and in male breasts.
Lipo works by breaking up the fat cells with a special mixture and then sucking them out using a vacuum and a very small tube known as a cannula. We can do this in a precise pattern that contours a problem area, resulting in the shape you’ve been wanting.
What Lipo Can’t Do
Here we address the first answer to the question of whether liposuction makes weight loss easier. No. Lipo isn’t a weight loss procedure. It’s not designed to dramatically lower your weight. Instead, it’s a contouring procedure meant to address problem areas that simply won’t respond to exercise and dietary changes the way you want.
In many cases, these stubborn spots are genetically determined, meaning that you’ll never be able to effectively change them through diet and exercise alone. Lipo gets rid of those spots of fatty deposits very quickly, but it doesn’t remove more than a few pounds of fat. If you’re more than 30 pounds beyond your goal weight, in fact, you can concentrate on losing more weight overall before you consider liposuction.
Lipo also can’t stop you from gaining weight again. It is less likely you’ll gain weight in the trouble spot because there are fewer fat cells there to expand, but if you don’t stick to a sensible diet and stay active, the remaining fat cells can still expand.
How Lipo Can Make Keeping Weight Loss Easier
The other answer to the question of whether lipo makes it easier to lose weight is yes, though it doesn’t make loosing easier so much as it helps you stay at a healthy weight. It helps not because of what it does to your body per se but because of how it can shape your thinking.
Many of us just grow comfortable with our fat in certain places. If we’ve put in significant time dieting and exercising and haven’t managed to actually change those stubborn flabby thighs or reduce that upper arm fat, it’s easy to just give up and assume that dieting wasn’t really worth it. Then we start packing on the pounds again.
When you get lipo, you can reshape those areas and get the body you’ve been working so hard for all this time. When that happens, you realize that all the dieting and exercise were absolutely worth it, and you find yourself motivated to keep up your new look with a renewed commitment to a healthy lifestyle and may even see a few more lost pounds; though it’s best not to lose more than a few pounds after lipo.
Weight Loss and Liposuction: Some Tips
If you’re considered lipo and are thinking about weight loss, there are a few things to consider that can make your whole journey easier.
Choose an Experienced Cosmetic Professional
Cheap lipo is never worth it. This is a surgical procedure, and when it’s done well it has amazing results. But if it’s done poorly, your results can be less than ideal. At REAL Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, we have years of experience and highly trained professionals to advise and work with you at every step along the way.
During your consultation with us, you can expect us to give you the best possible advice about your body, whether it’s the right time for lipo, and precisely what you can expect. You can expect your procedure to be done to the highest standards of professionalism. You can expect that we’ll continue to look out for you after the procedure and help you get, and keep, the best possible results.
Get Close to Your Goal Weight Before You Start
You’ll get the best results from your lipo if you’re already close to your final goal weight. As stated, lipo isn’t designed as a weight-loss procedure. When you talk with us, we’ll help you understand where you are and what the best next step is.
Keep Your Weight Stable
It’s important to be near your goal weight, but equally important is having a stable weight. If your weight regularly goes up and down by more than 10 pounds, your body contouring results can be diminished if you gain (or lose) a lot of weight afterward. Consider that your skin may move back into place after your liposuction procedure. If you lose significant weight after the procedure, there’s that much more for your skin to do in bouncing back and retaining its youthful elasticity.
Use Lipo As Reward and Inspiration
Use your lipo as a reward. It’s the capstone of all your hard work at the gym and self-control in the kitchen. Approach your lipo with a positive assurance that this can take care of those last stubborn areas you just can’t get rid of. Once it’s done, use your lipo results as an inspiration to keep your new look for a lifetime. With a healthy diet and an active lifestyle, you won’t have to worry about ever returning to the old look you hated.
FAQ About Lipo
What Are the Terms All About?
You may have heard terms like “tumescent” thrown around when learning about lipo. Here’s what you may want to know about the different types of lipo:
This is the most common technique. In tumescent lipo, the surgeon injects the area with a sterile solution made up of saline mixed with lidocaine and epinephrine. The lidocaine ensures you won’t feel a thing, while the epinephrine works with the lidocaine to further keep you comfortable while making it easier for the suction to remove unwanted fat cells.
This term is short for ultrasound-assisted lipo. UAL uses ultrasound energy waves to break down the walls of the fat cells, essentially liquifying them. This makes it easier to remove the fat.
This is lipo performed with the help of a laser. The laser does the same thing as ultrasound waves: it breaks down fat cells so they come out more easily. With both these procedures, breaking down the fat cells means a faster procedure with smaller incisions.
How Do I Prepare for Lipo?
Be Open With Us
We want to know everything about your medical history. While something might not seem important to you, we’ve done lipo for a long time now and know what might be relevant even if it seems unimportant. Be sure to bring along all the information about your current health status, any medications you’re taking, and how you’ve reacted to surgical procedures in the past.
Avoid Contraindicated Medications
We’ll let you know specifics when you see us, but you’ll want to stop taking any supplements or medications, either prescription or over-the-counter, that could cause a complication. In particular, you have to avoid anything that thins your blood, like aspirin, vitamin E supplements, ibuprofen, and even some types of birth control. If you have some medications you can’t suspend taking for a few months, it might be necessary to wait a bit before you have your procedure.
If you’re a smoker, it’s very important that you stop. Nicotine can increase your risk of bleeding, cause complications, and delay your healing process. You’ll have to quit smoking at least a month before your procedure. If you’re able to do that, why not keep going and give up smoking forever? Your body may thank you.
Make Arrangements for Some Help
Arrange with a friend or family member to drive you to and from your surgery and ask someone to stay with you for the first few days just to make life easier.
Avoid Shaving and Tight Clothing
For the two days before your procedure, avoid shaving the area where you’re having work done. If you shave, you could develop ingrown hairs and increase the potential for infection. You also want to get some loose, comfortable clothes to wear on the day of your procedure. Don’t worry about what you look like on this day. Just worry about being comfortable.
Is This Safe?
While any surgical procedure cares a little risk, this is, overall, one of the safest procedures out there. It’s the second-most popular cosmetic procedure in the world. Every year approximately 250,000 lipo procedures are done and nearly 10,000 of those are done in Australia. The most important factor in ensuring safety is having an experienced surgeon, and that’s just what you get at our facility.
How Long Does It Take?
The average lipo procedure takes between 45 minutes and 2.5 hours. The total time naturally depends on how much you want to have done. About three or four areas can be targeted safely in a single procedure.
When Can I Go Back to Normal Life?
On the day of your procedure, you’ll be up and walking. The day after, you can take a walk if you like, as this can promote healing. You can go back to most of your normal routine in just a few days and to your regular exercise routine within a week or two. We’ll evaluate your recovery and let you know what’s right for you.
Want to Know More?
If you’re interested in what lipo can do for you and whether you’re a good candidate, contact REAL Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, VIC today to talk with an expert. We’re here to help you reach your goals.