Liposuction is a body-contouring cosmetic surgical procedure sought everywhere by both women and men. It’s a procedure that involves a Boston liposuction surgeon to remove stubborn and unwanted fat from various parts of the body, but liposuction isn’t right for everyone.

Liposuction eliminates fat deposits and enhances your body’s proportions and contours. In the liposuction procedure, a thin tube called a “cannula” is inserted under the skin and shifted to loosen fat. The fat is then withdrawn using a syringe or an aspirator.

Liposuction is effective on the hips, buttocks, thighs, abdomen, upper arms, waist, chest, back, chin, cheeks, calves, neck, and ankles.

WHAT CAN AND CAN’T LIPOSUCTION DO?

Liposuction can provide genuine hope to those who have tried – and failed – with other alternatives and options. It can help you look healthier and more attractive. However, liposuction does not treat obesity, cellulite, or sagging skin, and it doesn’t replace a proper diet and exercise.

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In fact, a liposuction procedure is more effective if you are already maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whether or not you choose liposuction, you should eat right, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water, and get an adequate amount of sleep.

WHO CAN HAVE LIPOSUCTION?

Who is a good candidate for a liposuction procedure? Anyone whose health is generally good can have a liposuction procedure and achieve satisfying results. Ideal candidates are patients who have:

1. exercise-resistant, localized fat that does not disappear with exercise and dieting
2. elastic skin but not loose skin
3. good general health
4. a commitment to follow the doctor’s post-surgery directions

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgeons are continuing to make the procedure smoother, gentler, and safer. However, liposuction patients may still anticipate some soreness and swelling in the days and weeks after a liposuction procedure.

WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT RECOVERING FROM LIPOSUCTION?

While a liposuction procedure is routine outpatient surgery, every cosmetic surgery patient will need time to recover. After liposuction, a patient will inevitably be dealing with some swelling, bruising, and soreness.

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If you are considering liposuction, here is what you should know about recovering from the procedure:

1. Have someone stay with you for the first two or three days after surgery. You may feel fine, but it is a good idea to have someone’s help should you need it.

2. Depending on what kind of work you do, you should plan to be away from work for at least a week to ten days – and more if your work is physically strenuous.

3. It is going to be about a month before you can resume any regular strenuous activity.

4. Most of the swelling will fade after approximately six weeks, and you should have no serious swelling or soreness after about six weeks.

5. Still, for most patients, it will take about six months for all of the swelling and soreness to disappear entirely. Slowly over that six-month period, you will begin to look better and feel better.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT WHILE YOU RECOVER FROM LIPOSUCTION?

However, you should not assume that your recovery will be straightforward after a liposuction procedure. Swelling and soreness doesn’t always slowly and incrementally fade away.

Instead, swelling and soreness tend to come and go during the recovery period, so you might feel more discomfort one week than you felt the week before. But unless you’re doing too much exercise or strenuous activity, you are not doing anything wrong.

“Unexpected” swelling and soreness should be expected, especially during the first six weeks after a liposuction procedure.

Over about six months, it’s the “coming and going” of your soreness and swelling that slowly and incrementally disappears. Remember, most of your discomfort will happen in the first six weeks after the liposuction surgery.

HOW CAN YOU HELP WITH YOUR OWN RECOVERY?

You must follow your surgeon’s instructions while recovering from liposuction surgery. Whether it’s about your medications, post-surgical hygiene, or some other facet of your recovery, your surgeon will offer necessary and important advice.

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Surgery lowers the levels of the fluids in your body, so be sure that you are drinking plenty of water, especially during that first six weeks after a liposuction procedure.

Remember also that how quickly and easily you heal after any surgical procedure will vary from patient to patient. It is also important for liposuction patients to keep their expectations realistic. Liposuction is about making visible improvements – but not about achieving “perfection.”

WHY ARE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS IMPORTANT?

If your expectations are realistic, you will almost certainly be pleased with your results, and you will feel younger, happier, and healthier as the result of a liposuction procedure.

In the New England area, you can learn more about liposuction by arranging a consultation with an experienced Boston cosmetic surgeon. A good cosmetic surgeon can answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns about liposuction.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT LIPOSUCTION?

Before you agree to a liposuction procedure, you must get a complete, written estimate for the full cost. If a cosmetic surgeon is not completely candid and forthright about all of the costs, fees, and expenses related to a liposuction surgery, find another surgeon.

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Do not work with a surgeon that you don’t like, trust, or feel comfortable with. Selecting the right surgeon is essential.

BEFORE SELECTING A SURGEON, WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK?

Do not be reticent or nervous at your first consultation with a cosmetic surgeon. Every prospective liposuction patient needs to ask a cosmetic surgeon these questions – and needs to get the right answers – before scheduling any surgery:

1. Are you a board-certified cosmetic surgeon?
2. How many liposuction procedures have you performed?
3. What anesthesia is provided? Who provides it?
4. What will liposuction cost – including all of the fees and other charges?

The cosmetic surgeon who performs your liposuction should be certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS). ABCS-certified surgeons work only with licensed anesthesia professionals and only at accredited surgical facilities.

If you are considering liposuction, speak with a board-certified and experienced Boston cosmetic surgeon. What could be more important than your future? You can take the first step toward looking and feeling better by making the call and scheduling that first consultation right now.