Sometimes, even after diet and exercise, stubborn fat can be difficult to get rid of. If you struggle with excess fat, even with healthy living, consider liposuction in Michigan. Liposuction can be used to treat most areas of the body where fat is resistant to diet and exercise. It shouldn’t be used as a replacement for diet and exercise, but it can serve as an excellent complement to help slim and contour your body to help you achieve your desired shape.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that physically removes excess fat deposits in areas of the body where a healthy diet and exercise routine cannot eliminate. Liposuction is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Lee Colony, while patients are asleep either through intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
During a liposuction procedure, a small, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through small incisions made in the area that is to be treated. The cannula is moved by hand in a back and forth motion. This motion breaks down excess fat cells and – just as the name of the procedure suggests – suctions fatty tissue out of the body. This process not only slims down the targeted area, but allows for reshaping and sculpting as well.
Results of Liposuction
The main goal of liposuction procedures in Lansing are to remove unwanted fat in specific problem areas, such as the buttocks and abdomen. Liposuction does not prevent you from gaining weight in the future, which means it’s not a weight loss plan. However, because the fat cells in the treated areas are physically removed from your body, it does provide a near-permanent adjustment to your overall proportions and body contour.
Depending on your needs, liposuction can address excess fat in these areas:
- Obliques (love handles)
- Upper arm
- Chest (male breast reduction)
- Under the chin
Though it’s a fairly straightforward process, liposuction is still an invasive surgical procedure that requires at least a few days to recover from. Pain, swelling, and bruising are common side effects that most patients experience after surgery. These symptoms can be managed through ice packs and pain medications, and patients should wear their compression garments as directed. It is critical to follow all post-surgical directions carefully.
Downtime and proper rest are required following cosmetic surgery and other procedures, and strenuous activity should be avoided for as long as directed. Attempting to engage in too much activity can compromise the healing process and lead to potential complications.
With proper post-surgical care, the full results of liposuction can be seen within three months as a slimmer and well-contoured body is revealed.
Liposuction in Lansing, MI
Liposuction is a popular procedure on its own and can be the first step in other highly satisfying procedures, such as natural breast augmentation or even facial fillers using your own body’s fat. For more information on liposuction in Michigan, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery to schedule your initial, complimentary consultation with Dr. Lee Colony today.