For nearly three decades, liposuction has continued to rank among the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US.
Liposuction is designed to improved body contours in targeted areas by eliminating excess fat tissue deposits, which are stubborn and resistant to diet or exercise.
Patients often ask whether liposuction can also help them lose weight, and to what extent. During the initial consultation, the patient should feel free to ask questions of this nature, and make an informed choice after getting complete clarity on what liposuction can or cannot do for them.
A dedicated surgeon will provide transparent information to the patient on these issues and help them make the right decision. Cordial board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie MD provides liposuction to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other towns and suburbs in this region of the country.
Fat Loss vs. Weight Loss Procedures
Many patients are unclear about the difference between fat loss and weight loss procedures, and consider them to be synonymous.
However, a fat loss procedure focuses selectively on the removal of unhealthy, exercise and diet resistant fat cells in certain pockets of the body, which may be causing unsightly bulges and compromising the overall body contours.
A weight loss procedure, on the other hand, is designed for overweight or obese candidates who may also be suffering from excessive weight related medical issues such as hypertension or diabetes. Bariatric surgery is an established medical procedure to address the needs of people who want to reduce a significant amount of body weight.
Liposuction, as opposed to bariatric surgery, is a fat loss surgical procedure that can be performed on one or more areas of the body to improve contours. Advanced techniques have made liposuction a less invasive body contouring surgery today. Unlike weight loss procedures, liposuction does not require a patient to undergo a major diet plan.
Liposuction Makes You Look Slimmer
Liposuction is aimed at reshaping the body through fat loss, but it is not a weight loss procedure. Patients should note that weight loss may relatively easier to achieve through diet and exercise, but stubborn fat deposits in certain areas are harder to remove even with a strict diet and lifestyle regimen.
The aesthetic effect of enhanced body contours with liposuction is that a person will appear naturally slimmer. This could give an appearance of weight loss, even though it is actually loss of unwanted fat cells.
Fat Loss is Permanent
While patients should not expect a dramatic reduction in body weight with liposuction, they can be sure that their fat loss will be permanent. In an adult, the fat cells once eliminated will not re-grow. However, if the patient puts on more weight over the years, their figure could become a larger version of their new body shape achieved through liposuction.
This can happen because the remaining fat cells in the body will grow in size if body weight increases. Therefore, to achieve long lasting and best possible aesthetic benefits with liposuction, patients should try to maintain a balanced diet and active lifestyle in the long run.
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