Liposuction is a common body contouring procedure. Year after year, we see it listed in the top 5 plastic surgeries performed in the U.S. This has continued even with the introduction of several nonsurgical body contouring treatments. Still, people who are considering whether or not they should schedule a liposuction consultation often wonder if they are making the right decision. They want to know if liposuction will be worth it. Here, we provide some details about this procedure to help answer that.
Liposuction may be a popular procedure, but that does not mean every person who has surgical fat reduction is completely happy with their results. We’ll be up front in saying that expectations are a strong contributing factor in satisfaction with any cosmetic procedure. If you’re thinking of having liposuction, you need to know that the procedure will not result in significant weight loss. Some people see about a 5-pound difference on the scale. Liposuction will also not dramatically sculpt shape if you’re 30% or more above your healthiest body weight. Finally, if your skin is loose before liposuction, it will probably look worse after this procedure. In some cases, people choose to combine fat-reduction with some type of skin-tightening technique. For example, it is common for people to have liposuction and abdominoplasty at the same time.
What Does Liposuction Do?
If liposuction doesn’t reduce weight by very much and cannot tighten loose skin, would it be worth it to have this procedure? Thousands of people who undergo this surgery each year say yes! Here’s why. Liposuction can:
- Sculpt a challenging area of the body. There are a few areas of the body that are notoriously difficult. These include the abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs, chin, and backs of the arms. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure that achieves immediate results. A little downtime is needed to manage swelling and bruising, so the body looks better and better as these side effects fade.
- Improve body proportions. When the body is proportionate, the eye sees its overall beauty. When excess fat is held in a particular area, like the hips or thighs, the eye is drawn directly to that area.
- Expand clothing options. Many people complain that, because of their body shape and excess fat, they feel self-conscious about problems like a muffin top or “thunder thighs.” Eliminating excess fat can open doors to clothing options that feel more like you.