Despite a mostly healthy lifestyle, you may have stubborn fat that just won’t budge. If so, you may be a good candidate for fat removal at Real Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, VIC. We are proud to offer a body contouring procedure that may be able to help. Today, we’re discussing everything you need to know about liposuction, a procedure often referred to as the gold standard in fat removal.
Is Liposuction Permanent?
One of the most commonly asked questions about liposuction is how long do the results of this procedure last. The results of this procedure may last a lifetime, but individual results vary.
On a cellular level, the results of this procedure, also known as lipo, are permanent. A percentage of the fat cells in the targeted area is suctioned out, and the adult human body can’t grow new fat cells, so they are gone for good.
However, you may still store excess energy in the fat cells that remain in the targeted area if you operate at a caloric surplus. It is important to understand that once you have finished puberty, weight gain is the expansion of existing fat cells due to the storage of adipose tissue rather than the growth of new fat cells.
How Much Weight Should I Expect to Lose During Lipo?
Although lipo is not a weight loss procedure, some weight loss occurs as a result of suctioning out some of the fat cells in the trouble area. The amount of weight that can be lost in a single session depends on the number of areas being treated, the amount of subcutaneous fat you have in those areas, and your BMI. Typically, between 10 and 11 pounds of fat can be removed in a single session depending on the BMI of the client.
How Much Fat Can Be Removed?
We can’t say definitively how much fat will be removed during your lipo session. However, you should be advised that the amount of fat removed depends significantly on the size of the area targeted for fat removal. Usually, if you are removing fat from larger areas, between 25 and 30% of the localized fat cells may be removed. On the other hand, if you target smaller areas for fat removal, roughly 80% of the fat cells in the region may be removed.
Everything You Need to Know About Fat Cells
Regardless of body composition and weight, everybody has tens of billions of fat cells. A certain amount of stored fat is required for your body to function efficiently. For example, fat is important for communication between your brain and muscles.
Healthy Fat and Stubborn Fat
It is also important to understand that, just like your body doesn’t grow new fat cells in adulthood, your body doesn’t lose fat cells. When weight loss is achieved through diet and exercise, the adipose tissue stored in your fat cells is burned for fuel. However, the fat cells that store the excess energy only shrink as they are depleted.
Although a certain amount of stored fat is healthy, too much fat storage can affect one’s self-confidence. Stubborn fat deposits are deposits of excess fat that do not benefit one’s health. They are difficult to remove despite a healthy diet and regular exercise routine that results in an energy deficit. While it is impossible to spot-reduce fat, liposuction may be an ideal solution for removing stubborn fat from problem areas.
More About Adults and Fat Cells
As noted above, adults cannot grow additional fat cells. However, it is essential that you try your best to maintain your weight post-op. It is also important to understand that lipo is not a weight loss procedure. Weight loss procedures are procedures designed to facilitate massive weight loss.
On the other hand, this procedure is designed to suction out some stubborn fat from individuals who are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight. Once some of the excess fat cells in your targeted area are removed, you may notice improved muscle definition in the area.
What Is Liposuction?
As noted above, liposuction isn’t just a fat removal procedure. It has been used since the 1970s to remove some excess fat cells in a trouble area for fairly healthy individuals who are at or near their goal weight. It is sometimes called the gold standard of fat removal because it has been performed safely and successfully for so many decades.
Typically, this procedure is sought to remove unwanted fat from the chest, upper and lower abdomen, and hips. However, it can be used to remove some excess fat cells from virtually anywhere. For instance, if you have fairly elastic skin and quite a bit of excess fat in the area, you may be able to use lipo to remove unwanted from the:
- Inner, outer, and upper thighs
- Upper arms
- Backs of the knees
How Does This Procedure Work?
An anesthetic will be administered before your procedure for your comfort. Mr. Salerno will determine which form of anesthesia is appropriate for you based on your personal preferences, health, and aesthetic goals. The larger the scope of your procedure is, the more likely general anesthesia is to be recommended. Local anesthesia is usually recommended for clients who only have one trouble area and don’t have too much stubborn fat to lose.
Once the targeted area is numb and sanitized, Mr. Salerno will make a small incision in the region. Then, a tumescent solution is injected to numb the area further and break up some of the fat cells. This is designed to make the fat removal process more efficient. Some of the localized fat cells are suctioned out through a cannula that is inserted gently. Depending on the size of the targeted area and how much subcutaneous fat is in the area, roughly 26% of fat may be removed.
How Should I Prepare for My Procedure?
Mr. Salerno will give you a comprehensive list of guidelines to follow in preparation for your procedure if you qualify. One of the most important things you can do before your procedure is to ensure your blood pressure falls within a normal range. To accomplish this, do not consume tobacco products or alcohol for two weeks pre-op. It is also important to avoid alcohol and tobacco products because they may slow your recovery.
It is also important to help set your body up for a successful, quick recovery by giving it the proper fuel. You should drink at least two litres of water per day leading up to your procedure and eat nutritious, high-protein foods.
What Should I Expect During My Initial Consultation?
The initial evaluation is essential to the lipo process. During this evaluation, Mr. Salerno will determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure by discussing your medical history, your current health state, and your aesthetic goals. Furthermore, an examination of your trouble areas will be performed.
Verifying Your Candidacy
If you are currently ill, you should wait at least two weeks after you have recovered from your illness to schedule your procedure. This helps to set you up for a successful procedure and recovery. Be prepared to advise Mr. Salerno on all of the drugs and supplements you have taken within the past couple of weeks and are currently taking. We need to know about what you are taking because certain ingredients, including vitamin E, may affect the process.
Mr. Salerno will evaluate your problem areas carefully to ensure there is enough fat in the trouble region or regions to benefit from this procedure. Additionally, he will ensure the skin in the trouble areas is fairly elastic. The more elastic your skin is, the more likely your skin will bounce back quickly and effectively post-op.
Will I Qualify for This Procedure if I Want to Have More Children?
You may qualify for this procedure if you are not yet done having children. However, you should keep in mind that pregnancy often results in excess fat gain. If you gain excess fat during your pregnancy and don’t lose it all, you may need a follow-up procedure to restore your ideal contours.
What Steps Can I Take to Maintain My Ideal Results?
We understand that weight maintenance can be tricky. To maintain your results, you should do your best to eat and drink at maintenance daily. If you have maintained your weight for months or years, you may be able to exercise regularly and eat intuitively to maintain your weight for the rest of your life.
On the other hand, if you are at your goal weight but you struggle with maintenance, or have a history of struggling with maintenance, you may want to weigh yourself daily and track your weight to help hold yourself accountable. Look for monthly trends to see if you are losing, maintaining, or gaining weight over time. If you are consistently gaining, cut out a caloric drink or snack and see if that is enough to get you back on track.
What Can I Expect During My Recovery Process?
Every recovery process is unique. However, you should expect to feel tired for one to three days post-op. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about. It is very important to rest as much as possible during the first few days following your procedure. If you feel particularly tired, take a nap. You should also try to get at least nine hours of quality sleep nightly.
It is also advisable to support your circulatory system during this time. We recommend taking short walks around the house regularly to keep your blood flowing strongly. The best things you can do for yourself during your recovery period include:
- Staying hydrated
- Avoiding vigorous activity for six weeks
- Taking one to two weeks off from work
- Resting when necessary
What Are the Benefits Associated With This Procedure?
There are several benefits commonly associated with liposuction. For example, it may remove enough excess fat from your trouble areas that you once again feel confident in your appearance. Additionally, your clothes may fit better, feeling more comfortable and making your body look better. Furthermore, there are numerous medical conditions that may be treated with this procedure, including:
- Lipodystrophy syndrome
Schedule an Initial Consultation Today
The results of liposuction may be permanent. To help your results last as long as possible, do your best to maintain your weight. If you think this body contouring procedure may be right for you, please contact us today at Real Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, VIC to schedule an initial consultation with Mr. Salerno. We look forward to meeting you.