Guest Post written by Dr. Wilberto Cortes, Houston Plastic Surgeon
Houston Liposuction is both a medical procedure and a method to improve the aesthetic appearance of the body. The benefits of liposuction are psychological and physical. Achieving a harmonious body contour can considerably increase the self- esteem of the patient and can have significant effects on other areas of the patient’s life professionally, socially, and even sexually.
Over the last few years, liposuction has become one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. Its success is partly due to the fact that it is a safe and minimally invasive procedure and can provide impressive results in a short period of time. However, there are still many things that many people don’t know about liposuction.
Here are ten true facts about liposuction:
It is important to know that Houston liposuction doesn’t change the type, aspect, or distribution of the fat cells. Cellulite can be reduced (in some cases) after liposuction, but it won’t be completely eliminated. Cellulite is caused by the pressure of the adipose cells on the collagen fibers in the superficial conjunctive tissue (straight under the skin tissue).
The occurrence and development of cellulite are not related to the quantity of fat that is in the body. Cellulite can be found in people with a good health and a normal weight. The occurrence of cellulite is higher in women than in men due to the denser structure of the collagen in men. The success of treating cellulite depends on of a multitude of factors, and genetics plays an important role. Liposuction can’t cure or eliminate cellulite. Sometimes it can improve its appearance but this is not a guarantee, so keep this in mind when scheduling your liposuction procedure.
Smoothing and contouring certain features or areas of the body can considerably improve the physical appearance and condition of the patient. The satisfaction felt when clothes will fit better, changing the fashion style, getting involved in social and professional activities that were avoided before can all lead to an improved quality of life after undergoing a liposuction procedure.
Liposuction is well-known as a rejuvenating intervention. Adipose deposits tend to accumulate with age, and the loss of contours is also something that occurs in more mature people. Correcting these imperfections with the help of liposuction will result in a youthful, rejuvenated aspect of the body.
Nowadays liposuction can also be used to eliminate the perspiration glands, hence getting rid of excessive perspiration.
Most patients believe that the tummy tuck procedure will reduce the fat layer on the abdomen, which is not true. The only method to get rid of the fat and reduce the thickness of the adipose tissue is with the help of liposuction. This is the reason why many plastic surgeons will recommend combining the two procedures for achieving superior results after a tummy tuck.
If you thought that you can undergo liposuction and lose 10 kilograms after one session, you should reconsider. For the patient to be safe and to avoid severe or life- threatening complications, it is recommended not to extract more than 5 or 6 liters of fat during the liposuction procedure. If the patient is not completely satisfied with the results, an additional session of liposuction can be performed after six months as the body will need time to heal and recover.
This procedure can be performed in combination with a breast augmentation, reduction or lift and also with buttock enhancement procedures to provide better results and accentuate the improvements in body shape and contour. Aside from augmentation procedures, liposuction can also be performed with facial procedures and body lift interventions.
Usually, we use liposuction to correct gynecomastia, a condition characterized by the overdevelopment of the mammary gland tissue in men. Liposuction is rarely used to reduce the size of women breasts as overly large breasts in women are commonly suffering from ptosis, and this requires the surgical excision of the excess skin or mammary gland tissue.
The technologies used to perform liposuction contribute to skin contracture (firmness and an increased tonus). The skin’s ability to contract decreases with age. This factor is also important for choosing the liposuction method and the ideal candidates for the procedure. Certain liposuction techniques (e.g. tumescent liposuction) cause minimal trauma on the tissues, triggering the stimulation of collagen production to ensure skin firmness. The tonus and general condition of the skin contribute to retraction after liposuction (stretch marks are usually a sign of a poor skin quality).
Restoring the body contour is important for every woman who has just given birth as it can lead to increased self-esteem, well-being, and happiness. The areas targeted with liposuction are the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. The protruding belly that sometimes occurs after childbirth can be eliminated with the help of liposuction if it is not associated with other conditions such as muscle laxity or umbilical hernia. In more severe cases, the tummy tuck is recommended to correct and suture together the lax abdominal muscles and to eliminate excess skin tissue.
Liposuction is not a license to eat whatever, whenever. Moreover, if the patient will indulge in overeating after the procedure is performed and gain weight, the results of the intervention will be altered, and he might also notice that the fat distribution in the body has changed. The areas treated with liposuction will accumulate fat too, but there will be other areas of the body more impacted by the weight gain. This can lead to shape asymmetries and other imperfections that will require additional surgical interventions to be corrected. Patients need to remember that they can gain weight after liposuction and should therefore invest some effort into maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Many patients look forward to going to the beach and showing off their new body. However, a responsible plastic surgeon will advise you to avoid sun exposure for at least six months after undergoing liposuction. This way you will avoid skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation or discoloration. While it is understandable why you would want to show off your body immediately after liposuction, it is more important to make an effort to achieve optimal results and sustain them for as long as possible. If you want to go to the beach and enjoy time in the sun with your friends, just make sure that the areas treated with liposuction are covered at all times.
Candidacy for liposuction
Despite public belief, the ideal candidate for liposuction is a person with a normal weight who presents localized fat deposits in one or several areas of the body. To be able to undergo liposuction, the patient should have a good health and emotional condition and to be willing to accept the risks entailed by the procedure. Keep in mind that liposuction is not a method to treat obesity, but one to remodel the body contour and get rid of fat pockets that are resistant to diet and physical exercise.
Liposuction is one of the most performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Despite this fact, it is still enveloped in an air of mystery and surrounded by so many myths that potential patients can find it difficult to understand what is truth and what is fiction.
Some of the true facts that you should keep in mind about liposuction are that the procedure won’t cure cellulite, obesity, or help you get rid of the excess weight. Also, there are medical conditions that can be corrected with the help of liposuction such as gynecomastia and excessive perspiration. Undergoing a liposuction procedure after childbirth can be an optimal solution to regain your pre-pregnancy body contour.