Despite the popularity of liposuction, there are many misconceptions surrounding the cosmetic procedure. Read on as Dr. David Pratt of Pratt Plastic Surgery sets the record straight on what liposuction can and cannot do.
Permanently Remove Stubborn Pockets of Fat
Liposuction is designed to remove small pockets of fat that are resistant to weight loss efforts. During the procedure, a thin cannula is used to break up fatty tissue. The tissue is then removed with gentle suction. Once removed from the body, the fat cannot return.
Create Slimmer and More Flattering Body Contours
Liposuction can remove fat from nearly any body area. Dr. Pratt is meticulous in his approach, carefully removing fat to create more attractive body contours. Whether you desire a more curvaceous hourglass figure or a sleeker jawline and neck, liposuction can help.
Serve As a Weight Loss Tool
Contrary to what many people believe, liposuction is not designed for weight loss. Many patients undergo liposuction after massive weight loss to improve the body’s contours and overall appearance. The best candidates for liposuction are individuals who are at or near a stable and healthy weight.
Remove Excess Skin or Stretch Marks
Liposuction cannot remove saggy or stretched-out skin, or stretch marks. However, it can be combined with other body contouring procedures, like lower body lift and tummy tuck, to remove saggy skin in addition to eliminating fat. While these procedures do not treat stretch marks, they can remove some stretch marks (if they are located on the excised skin), improving the skin’s overall appearance.
Liposuction only removes fat. Because cellulite is not fat, rather a cellular breakdown of the skin’s connective tissue, liposuction cannot treat cellulite.
Prevent Future Weight Gain
Even after liposuction, weight gain is possible. The best way to maintain your slimmer and more attractive physique after liposuction is to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating healthily and exercising regularly.
Now that you know more about liposuction, why not schedule a personal consultation with our plastic surgeon? To book an appointment with Dr. Pratt, please call (425) 285-2112 or email our office today.