It can be incredibly frustrating to attempt to lose weight by adopting a healthier lifestyle, including a diet and exercise regimen, only to find that certain areas of your body are more stubborn than others. For some of us, no matter how hard we work to achieve results, we can’t achieve that flat tummy or sculpted posterior we seek. These stubborn fat deposits are so universal that liposuction has remained one of the most popular fat removal procedures for over 30 years.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that results in the removal of fat from a targeted area. A solution of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine is injected into the area to loosen up the fat and numb the location for surgery. Then, one or more small incisions are made and the fat is drawn out using suction.
Liposuction is a safe and effective treatment for those stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to other weight loss methods. Although patients are generally satisfied with the results of their treatment, it is possible to combine liposuction with another procedure to better achieve the silhouette of your dreams.
What is the Procedure Length and Recovery Time for Liposuction?
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that usually takes one to two hours, depending on the size of the treated area. Most patients only require one session to see results. Recovery time is usually only a few days, with some limits on strenuous activity extending two to four weeks after the procedure. Due to swelling following the procedure, results may not be immediately apparent but should become more obvious one to three months afterward.
A person considering liposuction should consult with Dr. Widenhouse about how liposuction will fit into their overall health plan. Liposuction is not a replacement for weight loss, and it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle leading up to and after undergoing the procedure.
If you are looking for a non-surgical alternative to liposuction, read more about CoolSculpting®, the FDA-approved fat reduction treatment that is available to patients in the Charleston area.
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To find out if liposuction is right for you, contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Port City Plastic Surgery serves Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina from two locations in Charleston and Daniel Island.