Surprising Facts About Liposuction
by Cosmetic Expert Mike Dune
On the surface, liposuction seems like a pretty straightforward procedure: fat gets sucked out through a tube and the patient gets thinner. But there is so much more to liposuction than just bulk removal of unwanted fat. According to the website of Dr. Steven Vath and Dr. Andrew Wolfe, who specialize in liposuction in Denver, liposuction sculpts areas of the face and body, and produces more desirable body contours. Most doctors agree that liposuction is a fusion of art and science, requiring the skills and talents of both a sculptor and a surgeon.
To help you better understand this popular, effective, and transformative procedure, here are a few little-known facts (and one dispelled myth) about liposuction.
Liposuction is often incorporated into other plastic surgery procedures to provide more sculpted results. This is often the case with tummy tuck surgery, which frequently includes liposuction of the waist, flanks, and abdomen. Breast reduction results are often enhanced by incorporating liposuction of the upper back and torso, and facial procedures sometimes use lipo to remove fat that has accumulated around the chin and neck.
Liposuction can lead to other health improvements.
Many surgeons have commented on a trend that they see with their liposuction patients. Their newfound body confidence often motivates them to work harder to maintain and even improve upon their results. Many people give up on diet and exercise because their stubborn fatty deposits simply don’t budge. When liposuction fixes these “impossible” problem areas, their optimism is restored and they begin to see possibility in their bodies. This leads to a renewed dedication to nutrition and exercise, and an overall increase in fitness.
Fat can be reused, and even stored for the future.
A growing trend in cosmetic surgery is using unwanted fat from one part of the body to add volume to another. For example, fat from the buttocks or abdomen can be injected into the cheeks for a natural facial restoration. An increasing number of women are opting to have fat removed from their midsection and used to create a rounder shape for their buttocks, a procedure called a Brazilian butt lift. And although the science is still being refined, subtle breast enhancement can also be achieved through the use of fat grafting. Companies around the country offer the option of freezing and storing your fat for use at a later time.
Fat does not “return” in other parts of the body.
There is a popular myth that says, after liposuction, fat will return and re-distribute to other parts of the body. So if a person has liposuction of her abdomen and waist, her hips, thighs, or back will suddenly become prone to fat accumulation. But fat does not “come back” after liposuction. If a person gains a significant amount of weight, it will be distributed across the remaining fat cells in the body. This includes the smaller number of fat cells in the treated area, as well as the other fat cells throughout the body. This is why patients are advised to be at a stable, healthy weight prior to liposuction.
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